Royal Blend

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Black Tea
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Fruity, Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Astringent, Heavy
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Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 12 oz / 359 ml

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51 Tasting Notes View all

  • “Eeeeew, what did I do wrong today? I steeped for three min, and last time I oversteeped but it was surprisingly good. I doubt that is why, as this tasted stale and dusty, with a funky aftertaste....” Read full tasting note
  • “Woke up early to go for a run (yes, on a Saturday. I know), and had a strong cup of this brewed with milk-and-sugar to give me a good morning kick. It’s an OK tea. For the price, I was expecting...” Read full tasting note
  • “This tea is ok. It’s not great. It’s strong and other than that I can’t pick much else up. It’s better with sugar. It sorta needs sugar. Yikes. It’s a Monday sorta tea. You know what I did...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thanks to Sil for this sample! This tea is heavy on the Assam, so I had to add milk and Truvia to calm things down a bit. It’s much more drinkable this way. Five minutes later and I can feel the...” Read full tasting note

From Fortnum & Mason

First blended for King Edward VII in the summer of 1902, Royal Blend blends Assam with a touch of Ceylon for a smooth, almost honey-like flavour. It can be drunk all day, with milk, producing the perfect traditional cup of tea.

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51 Tasting Notes

83 tasting notes

This is an okay blend; not particularly great – a bit bland, bitter, and some astringency.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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6 tasting notes

Very pleasant, strong and hearty enough to be an excellent breakfast brew, but not too heavy, and smooth enough to drink any time, it does have an almost honey like quality as the blurb says. Lovely malty tones from the assam, but enough brightness from the ceylon to give it a lift, very easy to drink black and unsweetened though could probably take a little milk if that’s your thing. Wouldn’t say it’s unusually distinctive (except perhaps for the smoothness) but as a good, all round assam/ceylon blend it’s an excellent choice.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins

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20 tasting notes

I enjoyed the tin, but am not sad it’s gone. It’s a bit malty, a bit astringent: it feels oversteeped at 3 1/2 min—I usually steep black teas about 4 1/3 min. I don’t even like the tin quite well enough to keep; it’s really hard to get the bits out of the corner.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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296 tasting notes

A proper English black tea. I infused this twice in my teapot I got from the London teapot company. The liquor is a warm amber color and the full-bodied taste has a malty, fresh baked bread quality to it. It’s a rustic tea that is great for cold mornings when you need to wake up and crave an acceptable splash of cream.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt, Raisins

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g

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108 tasting notes

Sipdown 1 of 2 today! Despite being alarmingly old (2 years, 3 years maybe?), it held up well to the very end. Maltiness is reduced, but still there. A bit vegetal from the Ceylon (or age). Balance was starting to be off a bit. This was a versatile tea, good for when I wanted a solid unflavored black, great as a base for my homemade chai. I’ll probably get more eventually, but I’ve got so many other teas, plus so many more I’d like to try, it may be awhile.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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15 tasting notes

A bold, astringent blend of Assam and Ceylon black tea that is slightly overpowering for the average palette, but a treat for those who enjoy their tea strong :)

Flavors: Astringent, Heavy

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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592 tasting notes

Another back-back-backlog from afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason. This tea reminded me the most of my beloved breakfast blends: bold, smooth, but not bitter. Other than that, there were no other special flavors or anything that jumped out at me. It was especially good when paired with the scones & jam or the desserts because of it’s strength.


Ooo…I would love to go to tea there someday. :)


I really enjoyed it! Plus, their store is like four stories, so there was a lot of tea-related shopping going on afterwards!

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417 tasting notes

Thank you, Sil, for sending me this sample!!!

I really like this tea. It reminds me a bit of the only other Fortnum & Mason tea I’ve tried: Assam Superb. My father works for a London-based company, and he used to bring home tins of Assam Superb when he travelled to London for work. This tea seems like it may also have some Ceylon blended in (just checked, it does), but the Assam is still the most noticeable for me. This is a perfect tea for this morning. It’s assertive, yet smooth, and it reminds me of being at home. I usually am not a fan of Ceylon tea, but in this blend it lends (I believe it’s the Ceylon) a honey-sweetness to the cup.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

This one isn’t half bad….I’m enjoying the few f&m teas I’ve tried

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8964 tasting notes

yep like this one better than queen anne. This one is a smoother brew that’s not SUPER bold, but it’s got enough of a kick this morning for me to be really enjoying it.

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1000 tasting notes

Another great black sample sent to me by the most generous Sil – thank you.

I really liked this one too. Totally different than other blends I’ve had. This was bold, but not overwhelming, not astringent, not bitter. Just a really good cup of black tea.


fortnum has some really good just a cup of black tea yums. lol the keemun i’d love to be able to get here.

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