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82

This is a very nice blend. They definitely found the perfect mix of black tea base with spices . Even the wet leaf smell is festive. It reminds me of something in a Christmas past that I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe hot spiced wine? I bet this would be lovely in hot spice wine! The gentle mouth feel of earthy tea leaves along with the citrusy notes, maybe tangerine?, and perfect blend of spices would make a lovely addition to spiced anything really.

Flavors: Earth, Spices

Preparation
1 tsp

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90

This is a nice breakfast tea. It can get quite strong, so I like to steep mine for 2-3 minutes, but not more. It goes perfectly with milk and sugar. It has a malty aroma and taste to it, which could leave a bit of a bitter taste, but with milk or cream, it goes down nicely. It’s a classic, wonderful breakfast Assam tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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98

This is my favorite Earl Grey tea out there, hands down. It is the perfect balance of all flavors and aromas: earl grey, bergamot, citrus. I personally find that it cannot be over-steeped or under-steeped. You can make it as light or dark as you like and it will all taste wonderful. I love mine with milk and sometimes with sugar. It’s a beautiful tea for breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea time. It’s my go-to for high tea.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100

My absolute favourite earl grey.

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drank Rose Pouchong by Fortnum & Mason
9037 tasting notes

Sample from Crowkettle

this one smells like my grandma. I think she use to use rosewater or something..but this just took me back to her closet. Sadly, drinking this was a challenge because of that memory association and the fact that i’m not really a fan of floral teas. Still though…if that’s up your alley, this is a decent one :)

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92

One of the best flavored green teas I’ve hit in a while. If you tend towards jasmine and osmanthus, you’ll love this

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Oh, Fortnum & Mason, you confuse me sometimes. This is listed as a black tea, and while it does posses qualities that I would ascribe to a light black base the actual tea name says pouchong. I swear that’s a tea that straddles the line between green tea and oolong; it’s one of the reasons I bought this in London.

But then the description on the back of my tin says “large-leaf Maofeng Keemun”, which is a floral black tea. I’m going to assume that’s what it is, as all physical tea evidence points in that direction (dark leaves, red broth, chocolatey floral base with slight astringency).

I can’t say I’m too disappointed in this not being an actual pouchong , which may have been a little light to handle the lovely rose notes. The keemun is actually quite pleasant and smooth.

Flavors: Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Assam Superb Tea by Fortnum & Mason
218 tasting notes

My sweet wife was due some merchandise credits at the Williams Sonoma store. She so very nicely picked up this tea for me with her credits.

Assam is not my favorite tea as I prefer the Chinese products over those from India. I can’t always find Assam teas that are robust enough for my palate. However, I always try to experience new teas with an open mind. Hopefully, this Assam will be a great one.

My container for this tea was different than the one in the picture. It was also metal but round with a narrower neck. The cap had a cool plastic and reusable inner seal underneath it.

The unbrewed short brown leaves had the familiar aroma of Assam. I steeped them for five minutes at 212 degrees. The finished product was the color of maple syrup. The smell was sweet and malty.

The flavor had a sweet malty edge to it. I thought I detected a slight twinge of astringency during the first sip but it dissipated quickly and didn’t return.

I liked this Assam. It had sufficient tea flavor to keep my taste buds interested. I enjoyed the sweetness and malty emphasis in the taste. Some Assams have just tasted like weak tea to me. There was no unpleasant bitterness in the brief aftertaste. If you also are on the fence about Assam, you might want to take a chance on this one!

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
NofarS

My favourite Assam as well :)

Stoo

It’s a good one for sure, NofarS! Thanks for your comment!

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75
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
1738 tasting notes

Picked several of this brand of tea up at Williams Sonoma the other day, They sell high end products so I suspected the teas they sell would be good. This tea is good but it is very strong. I put sugar into black teas so I am drinking this with a small amount of sugar. I think without the sugar it would be too strong for my tastes. It’s not so strong as to need milk in my opinion although as this is a British style blend I suspect it is made with mild and sugar in mind. I am not sure if Fortnum and Mason is an American company or a British company but they are an old brand. This tea has a bit of a fruity note and I do like it. I don’t necessarily know that I would buy it again.

I steeped this tea once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 minutes.

Flavors: Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Guards' Blend by Fortnum & Mason
421 tasting notes

Had a cup of this yesterday, brewed Western style. This is a sweet, malty tea, with surprisingly little astringency, and much lighter than your garden variety Assam blend. It requires no sweetening, in my opinion, and can be rebrewed 2-3 times easily.
Alas, in typical Fortnum’s fashion, it appears to be no longer available.
And of course, the caddy it came in is absolutely stunning.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Maple Syrup

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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73

Opening the tin revealed the blend which was decorated with a large star anise piece on the top. It’s so beautiful! The blend itself is a little festive as it has red safflower petals decorating a dark brown blend. It bares a soft yet spicy scent, like cinnamon and clove.

Brewing Parameters: 1.5 tsp in a large mug with boiling water for 3-4 minutes.

Once steeped a dark brown liquid with a red hue sits in my glass that bares the same generic spice scent as it’s raw form.

The first few sips reveal a dark base, wooden and thick with some bitterness with a delicate spicy after taste. Specifically clove, cinnamon and cocoa nib which is probably where the bitterness comes from. I imagine it would be reduced with a bit of sweetener.

The spice is not actually as strong as I expected, it’s more subtle against the black tea base. In a way it’s nice, sometimes ‘in your face’ flavoured teas are too much. There is also some dryness in the after taste though the spice lingers a while.

I would say while this was more of a subtle spice it was Christmas-esque and suited for all day drinking. I imagine a pot of this on Christmas morning would go down a treat! It’s subtlety may even win over some plain tea drinkers.

http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/14/christmas-spiced-tea-by-fortnum-mason/

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65

I enjoyed this tea to the last cup. It’s a mild tea and, like it’s name says, perfect for afternoon consumption. I often enjoyed mine with a touch of milk and sugar. Definitely be careful not to oversteep it. Otherwise it can be bitter.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87

This is a nice light black tea. It’s got just a little bit of astringency and some pleasing stone fruit undertones. Not one of those teas that hits you over the head with its bold flavors, but makes for a really pleasant cup. I don’t drink Ceylon very often—when I go for black teas, I’m usually drawn to bold, malty Assams or, on the other hand, astringent, floral Darjeelings—but this blend has me thinking I shouldn’t be so quick to overlook it as the boring middle-ground option.

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86

I bought this on whim a few days ago after finding out that Williams Sonoma imports F&M tea(!!!!!!!) I don’t love green tea, but I learned earlier with Fortnum & Mason not to judge a tea before you try it. This is a wonderful tea for late summer/early autumn as the weather starts winding down. It doesn’t have the heavy earthy flavor I normally get (and don’t enjoy) with greens but it is still crisp and palette cleansing. The ginger is mellow but still enjoyable, not at all like some of my other favorite ginger teas.

Flavors: Ginger

MrQuackers

I’ve been seeing a Chinese honey ginger tea at the store. It has sugar, honey and ginger. Haven’t bought it yet. Sounds good if you like ginger. If you google it, it’s Ann instant honeyed ginger drink a Walmart.

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
682 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for sending this tea my way *cough cough many years ago oops.
Hey, better late than never, right?? I’m finally going through all my teas that I’ve been meaning to get to!
Dry, it smells like an ordinary black tea. Once I poured water over the top, I got that dank, musky black tea smell. Don’t know if this tea is supposed to be like this, but I’m assuming it’s the age :(( Dang. Should’ve had this tea years ago when I got it! But it’s v dark and amber in colour. Prob going to throw some milk and sugar into this

Sil

Hahahahaha

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100
drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
7 tasting notes

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75

I picked up a bag of this green tea at half-price in Fortnum and Mason’s Piccadilly store in London and I would be a little disappointed if I paid full-price: this green tea is very astringent and bitter.The leaves are good quality but I couldn’t find any whole leaf.
Whilst being certainly not a very delicate and complex green, it is better (and cheaper!) than any grocery store bagged tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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85

I bought the loose leaf version of this tea and I love it!
The bergamot fragrance is on point, as it is very present yet very subtle. I did notice a slightly smoky flavour, that despite being not displeasing at all, rather surprised me. I suspect it has been kept near some Lapsang Souchong in the Piccadilly store.

Flavors: Bergamot, Earl Grey, Smoked

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Sipdown (116 though I just went to Sil’s and as per usual, despite my best efforts, I am pretty sure I left with more than I came so this number is about to go up so thank you, Sil)

Once I got home, my mom asked someone to sit in the kitchen to babysit our dishwasher, which is making some strange sounds, so I said I would. Mostly I agreed to do it because I had to get my 2 milk servings in for the day which meant I would be down here making lattes anyways.

I decided to make one hot latte and one iced. This tea has been sitting in my samples box for a while now so I decided to give it a go and I thought the spices would make for a nice hot latte. Unfortunately my milk frothier got excited and ended up making most of the 8 oz of milk into foam so now I am sipping on 1/2 a cup of super concentrated milk tea while trying to not get my face coated in milk foam. Trying being the operative word here as I am not doing so well.

As for the tea… I used the entire sample I had from Cavocorax (I think!) and pulled out any anise pods I saw just to try and cut down on that particular flavor. Unfortunately I wasn’t super successful since I’m still getting a fair bit of anise in the brew. I’m also getting cloves though which is helping to balance it out/make it more tolerable. With that said, something in the way this came together is coming off a little bit like dirt. Not sure what’s causing it but obviously I am not a fan. I’m wondering though if that is because of how concentrated this is due to the milk issue. So, with that in mind, I won’t rate the tea but I probably won’t seek it out again either. Still, thank you Cavo for the chance to try something new!

Sil

just keeping us close in terms of numbers :)

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95

It does its name justice, and it’s an excellent, assertive, distinct tasting tea.: smoky oolong tea with bergamot oil.

Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Dark Wood, Smoke, Smooth

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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100

Really lovely delicate tea don’t need much if any milk, good to drink at any time of the day but I found it more relaxing than invigorating. All in all well worth a try and available in refil bags to save you from having to pay for new caddys each time

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100

Depende del humor que ande uno, hay días en que se antoja el té con bergamota y nada mejor que Fortnum & Mason.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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