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drank Genmaicha by Fortnum & Mason
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Fortnum & Mason Sachet Advent Day 6

I knew there was a genmaicha in the advent and it was one of the teas that met with a groan when I read the list because I don’t generally like genmaicha. You aren’t going to like every single tea in a collection, though, so I was not badly put off. I did avoid advents that had a lot of red rooibos, though! But I am willing to try new things and to keep trying old things to see if I develop more appreciation for them.

The back of the box said that this sachet resteeps well for multiple infusions, so I started off making two and combining them. I am really surprised. I enjoyed every sip and plan to steep this again.

For a breakfast cuppa, the roasty aroma made it seem both comforting and strengthening. The sip gave the impression of heavily toasted bread rather than horribly burned popcorn. In many ways it came off as a soft, roasty green tea. I think if someone else made it and told me it was a plain green tea with toasted bread notes, I would have believed it.

This is a surprise winner and one I would consider purchasing a tin of one day when my cupboard is under control.

It was enjoyed plain, no milk and no sweetener.

gmathis

That sounds like a nice one.

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Fortnum Sachet Advent Day 4

When I saw that today’s tea was herbal, I saved it to enjoy tonight while I unwind from a big family gathering. We went with the tin advent for morning which was Black Tea with Peach and is one of their better blends.

I don’t usually love strong ginger and while it comes second in the name, it comes first in the ingredient list. The scent of the tea is so familiar but I haven’t pegged exactly which tea it is reminding of. I needed it and enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. There is so much lemon in different forms, and it really does taste nice with the ginger.

It makes me think of a tea I would have when sick, but one I would look forward to having when sick. The lemon is so bright and overall it was a comforting mug of tea to finish off the evening. I didn’t sweeten, but I bet honey would be awesome in it.

Dustin

Adding Sicilian to the name makes it sound potentially more exciting.

ashmanra

Indeed! It was good enough that I would probably repurchase if my cupboard was a lot smaller.

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drank Jade Oolong by Fortnum & Mason
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Fortnum Advent Day 2

A tea that wasn’t in the big advent! Yaaaay!

Ashman was unexpectedly home this morning so I made the tea from both advents at breakfast and we tried both together. I steeped this sachet twice and poured it in a pitcher. Later, I steeped it a third time to drink by myself because the leaves have unfurled to fill the sachet fit to bustin’.

Sadly, I was so distracted this morning I can only say it tasted like a green oolong, not super and not bad. Ashman liked it well enough. On this third steep that I am sipping now so as to give a slightly better bite, I can say it is a green oolong, slightly milky and lightly brisk, with a slight mineral/stone taste on the tongue. It is supposed to have orchid notes but they must be muted by the repeated steeping. Shame on me for not paying attention this morning.

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drank Fortmason by Fortnum & Mason
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I do not recognize nearly as many flavors as some of you on here. I grew on on very simple fare and was not an adventurous eater.

Some time ago I bought a moisturizer with neroli in it, and I thought it smelled strange but it grew on me. Then White Antlers sent me a neroli spray. I was hooked on the scent at that point.

Eventually I saw a recipe for orange blossom lemonade, made it, and fell in love. I buy my orange blossom water from The Spice House. I love the bitter floral taste.

Then I tried a tea from Lupicia that was supposed to have neroli and I couldn’t taste any at all. I love Lupicia, and other people reviewing the tea (Mimosa) said it was bitter floral and many of them disliked that, but I just couldn’t taste it. I decided that maybe orange blossom just didn’t come through the same in tea.

Browsing the Fortnum & Mason site I saw this blend – a base of Chinese and Indian black tea with orange blossom. It was pretty inexpensive for a big tin, so I added it to an order I was making for Christmas.

Oh my goodness. They got the orange blossom! The base is smooth enough that Ashman likes it without milk and sugar. It appeals to my love of Chinese black tea. And the orange blossom is so strong! The flavor of it lingers and lingers. I am one happy camper.

I served it to Superanna (who doesn’t love black tea) last night and she liked it a lot, and to her Irish husband who loves black tea and bitter/floral flavor and he also enjoyed it very much.

It is a winner.

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I have received a tea bag of this in swap and I was quite looking forward to it. First of all, fresh Fortnum and Mason tea, and second, peach is summer-y flavour which suited well today fall-coming-weather. We had only around 22°C, picking apples, watching WWCH in ice hockey, just a pleasant September Sunday.

It delivers candy-like peaches. It reminds me jelly rings available here in Lidl store I used to buy often. It was exactly same flavour, combined with brisk and strong black tea, even in the tea bag. As I have been reading notes before brewing it, I knew what I have been expecting. A more real peach falvour would be nice. However, if you are more into candy-like ones, this is for you. I am on the fence. On one hand I would prefer real peaches more today. But the candy, sweet ones are welcomed too and they fulfilled my craving for candy today :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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So many teas from Cameron arrived today!

2022 sipdown no. 32

After seeing the advent reviews, I wasn’t overly excited to try a Fortnum & Mason tea, but I couldn’t resist a peach tea! I would agree with Cameron’s review that the peach is more candy-like than anything. I’m also not a huge fan of the base tea used here, it’s slightly bitter as it cools (though I did miss the timer by 30 seconds, so perhaps user error). However, this is nothing if not a black peach tea — meeting the brief of the name!

Thanks for sharing Cameron :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 13 OZ / 384 ML

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Cold Brew!

This one was nice but I think it’s probably the most forgettable of the three in the line up. It’s a distinct apple and berry taste, though I doubt I’d name blackberry as the specific berry in question without the name to prompt me to think of it. My main thing here is that I just felt like it was a lot of apple and a pretty average and unexciting apple at that. So was it refreshing, flavourful and tasty? Yeah, but in a kind of average sorta way.

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Cold Brew!

This was another tea that I had prepped in advance of that first D&D session this past weekend. I doubled up on the tea sachets for this cold brew so that flavour was much more intense than what I experienced with my first tasting, but the overall tasting notes themselves were the same other than their strength. Still not really apricot, but definitely cherry and strawberry.

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Cold Brew!

Of the three flavours in this line up, I thought this was the best. That’s likely fairly directly tied to the fact it was clearly the most flavourful and also the sweetest. With that said, it’s certainly the least accurate in terms of name. I had remarked right off the bat that there were a surprisingly large amount of strawberries on the package art for a tea that was advertising apricots and cherries and that turned out to be a really astute observation.

The tea actually tastes nothing like apricot, but it tastes very strongly of sweet strawberry and cherry candies. Like, Starburst candies but less tang and less intense. It’s really good but with how distinct/prominent the strawberry is I find it very peculiar that they chose to name the blend after apricot instead…

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Cold Brew!

A coworker kindly brought back all three of F&M’s cold brew flavours, from their recent vacation to the UK, so that we could try them. It was very thoughtful, especially since ordering from Fortnum from overseas is a bit of a bitch. Very expensive for a gamble on teas you’re not sure if you’ll like…

I thought this was alright! All three cold brew flavours were a bit thin in terms of taste and body, but the clarity of flavours was the best in this one. I distinctly got bright sweet lemon and a more pithy orange. Like, orange with rind. The hint of bitterness from that orange peel taste was unexpected but I kind of liked it. I think on a hot summer day it would be really lovely and the nuance and not overly sweet profile could keep this from becoming really cloying after several cups or a pitcher of it. That’s a nice quality to have!

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Second and last tea I have received from postcrossing forum tea tag. Thank you Amy.

Again, it’s only tea bag, which is a shame in my opinion, because loose-leaf could be even a bit better.

Yes, it is very tasty, however the base is hidding beneath the strong, genuine, lighlty tart cranberry taste, but not sour because no hibiscus in.
I was very glad that it wasn’t like a cough syrup for me and honestly this note surprised me in notes by others.
A good cup of tea, indeed.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML

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A tea bag I have received through Postcrossing forum tea tag. I invited the sender here, so we will see if a new member will join us or not.

Anyway, if there is something that surprises me, is that there are only notes by ashmanra and Cameron, although the number of the tea in the web address is actually quite low (considering my Richard tea starting with 99).

On the tea review: Black tea with lemon is one of the basic flavours here. I am pointing that out as I found out there are quite big difference in tastes all around the world. It was/is common to brew “builder’s brew” and adding a lemon slices in. Or just the lemon juice. I have never been friend of these blends as they used to be very sour.

This blend is fine and I am pretty much sure it would be even better in loose leaf. The lemon taste is candy-like and not too sour, it doesn’t have medicinal flavour as well. The base seems a bit one dimmensional to me, tends to be sweet.

I am trying to not focus on Lemon Kandy by teakruthi as the best black tea with lemon flavour, because that one was loose-leaf, this is tea bag only. But sadly, here I am lacking something and not really sure what is it.

Flavors: Candy, Lemon, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 300 ML
ashmanra

This was in the Fortnum advent, and was one of the better teas in it for me. I enjoyed it loose leaf, don’t know how the bag compares.

Martin Bednář

It would be interesting to compare it side by side. Also, that quite surprised me, it has got China tea base instead of common Ceylon for bags.

ashmanra

That is probably why I liked it so much!

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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Ashmanra sent a nice little sample of this my way with a caution that it leans to the strongish side, as mentioned in her advent review: Coffee lovers and lovers of British style breakfast blends will probably like it. It is so malty and has the sharp coppery taste plus astringency that keep me from really enjoying it.

Yin, yang. It is so malty and has the sharp coppery taste plus astringency that makes me enjoy it straight up on a morning when my eyes need a little help opening. It’ll be nice with milk, too!

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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You know how you get to talking when you make a cuppa and pay absolutely no attention to what you’re drinking, but it’s gone in about three good glugs? Yeah. What I can tell you about my first run with Royal Blend is that if it had any sharp edges to it, milk toned them down nicely to make a strong, smooth, wake-up cup. I’ll be more mindful next cup!

Leafhopper

I’ve been known to do this with fancy teas that deserved much better. At least you know it wasn’t bad. :)

ashmanra

I tried it iced and sweet yesterday by the carafe and thought it was really nice that way.

gmathis

I was a little more alert today—I’d call this one keemun heavy, but pleasantly so…like dark cherry and mahogany wood. Fine on its own, but I think a lot of you would say it’s far better with milk.

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drank Assam Superb by Fortnum & Mason
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Ashmanra shared enough of this for me to have it three ways: super high-octane overleafed unleaded, a baby mild second steep, and one properly tended cuppa.

Either way, I was a little surprised to see such small leaves from a classy F & M selection. Not quite PG Tips CTC size, but close. Which resulted in plain old British breakfast tea without much subtlety—just like me and just like I like it. Very smooth, not much bite, very drinkable straight up without additives—although I added a dried orange slice to the baby mild steep and it was delicious.

ashmanra

Oooo, I have never thought of adding dried fruit…must try. I have some organic oranges standing by to become candied if I ever get around to it.

Evol Ving Ness

…super high-octane overleafed unleaded…

Hahahahaha, you’re killing me.

my local Greek bakery carries individually packaged pieces of candied fruit. I might try that as an on the side flavour enhancer. Where do you get dried orange slices, gmathis?

gmathis

I’ll have to double check because my husband found these … but the tag looks like it came from our Tuesday morning store. https://www.bellaviva.com/dried-oranges

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ADVENT SIPDOWN 14!

Iced, of course. Although they call this plum (maybe), apple (maybe tart apple?) and cinnamon, I pretty much sip this and get jamaica, so really this is almost pure hibiscus flavor to me. As an iced drink, it is a nice accompaniment for meals or pleasant to sip on its own, as long as I sweeten it.

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FORTNUM & MASON ADVENT DAY 24

Ashman and I drank this last night. It steeps up a gorgeous Christmas red in the cup. Truly beautiful. Ashman does not like tart tea so I added sugar to his, but it was not enough. He drank one small cup and said no thanks to any more.

I decided it would be best to ice this and sweeten like any other sweet tea, and since it was so festive looking, I had it with lunch today. To my surprise, it was extremely familiar tasting as a sweet iced tea. Took me a sec but I realized it tasted almost exactly like jamaica, which should not be surprising at all. This is how I will use up the rest.

I would not purchase the refill for this next year unless they promise a different tea assortment. But the wooden box is gorgeous and it will be fun to decide what I will put in it next year!

Having read about the other advent calendar experiences, the only one I would consider purchasing is the one from 52 teas.

AJRimmer

52teas is worth it for sure! I love all the unique flavor combinations.

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Sipdown! (34 | 79)

Hibiscus-y fruit tisanes (and really, fruit tisanes in general) aren’t really my jam, and this is just the holiday version of that, with cinnamon and clove. It’s not bad though, as tart tisanes go. Lots of hibiscus and tart apple, I’m not sure I get any plum… There’s a nice level of spice, and actually I get a little numbing sensation on my tongue from the cloves, and maybe the ginger too. It’s fine, not something I would ever order though.

Sort of working on getting through the rest of my 2021 advent teas from Fortnum, not doing great at it these past few days though. To be fair, I have a lot of different sipdown goals/initiatives going right now so something is bound to get missed. I’ll definitely try to do better at advent leftovers though, since I’m just shy of halfway done with them and I really want to finish them off before this advent season!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus, Sour, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 24

Ooh, well it’s nice to see something different from this advent for the last day, even if I’m not the biggest fan of fruit tisanes. It smells nice in the tin at least.

Actually, I quite like it. It is slightly generic for this time of year, a mulled cider sort of thing with hibiscus. But I do think I’m tasting a bit of the plum, which adds a little something extra. Otherwise it’s apple, plenty of hibiscus, cinnamon, and I think some clove. Pleasantly festive for Christmas Eve movie watching!

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon, Clove, Fruity, Hibiscus, Plum, Spices, Tart

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Victoria Grey by Fortnum & Mason
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Sipdown! (34 | 250)

Another swap sample down! I must say, I’m highly impressed by the amount of tea in these sachets. It’s actually enough for at least a 12-ounce mug, if not a 16-ounce. Good job, Fortnum!

Anyway, this tea is nice even if it’s not my favorite flavor combination. The lavender is very apparent, and since I don’t love lavender, it’s a lot for me. But it does have a nice creaminess and nectarous honey flavor to it as well, and the whole combination is just very smooth and cozy.

So not something I would order, but can definitely recommend it for lavender and bergamot lovers! A very nice, multilayered cuppa.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Creamy, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Nectar, Perfume, Smooth, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Victoria Grey by Fortnum & Mason
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Sipdown! (51 | 96)

This one was not my favorite.

But I’m not a lavender fan, and it’s an Earl Grey with lavender so… Pretty much expected. It’s not an overwhelming amount of lavender, but it’s enough to take it to a somewhat soapy place for me. I didn’t notice the liquorice root, and I actually like the slight hint of honey flavor.

Oh well, it was interesting to try. And I’m happy it’s empty! :P I think someone who enjoys lavender and bergamot would really enjoy this one, so I am going to recommend it.

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Perfume, Smooth, Soap, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Victoria Grey by Fortnum & Mason
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Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar 2021 – Day 21

I’m finding myself struggling to keep up with my advents and writing notes here at my mom’s house, partially because of being away from home and partially because I haven’t been feeling great last night and today. But I’ve kept it up until now, and it seems silly to fizzle out with only four days left!

I love bergamot, but I don’t love lavender so I had mixed feelings when I saw this tin today. But I think the resulting cuppa is lovely! Medium to strong bergamot, with just a touch of lavender as an accent. I think I taste the honey as well, just a little bit. Thankfully not getting any licorice root, which seems like such a strange addition. Overall, I’m really enjoying this tea.

I also had jam this morning, both the Plum-Pear-Star Anise from yesterday and today’s Cherry-Hibiscus Flower Spread. The first was mostly pear to my tastebuds, with the star anise adding a licorice-y sweetness. Overall it was a bit too sweet for me, though I do love pear. The cherry and hibiscus one was lovely though, like an extra tart cherry preserve with a hint of floral.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earth, Floral, Honey, Lavender, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

I hope you feel better soon. <3

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drank Victoria Grey by Fortnum & Mason
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Fortnum & Mason Tin Advent Day 6

Last year when I drank this tea it grew on me cup by cup. Today was just a radically different experience with it. I had it at lunch time. I stood by the counter watching the timer count down and noticed that most of the blend had sunk but there was a lot floating on top. I leaned over to check it out and the tea had sunk and a LOT of lavender was floating, plus what appeared to be a dried piece of rind, and the aroma was pure lavender with my nose so near the steeper.

Drinking it with my lunch, I could hardly detect the bergamot. It was lavender black tea all the way to me. I love floral tea and lavender is quite nice in my book. This was a good tea day all in all with the advents.

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