Robert Fortune Blend 41: Darjeeling & Yunnan (TB84)

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“Named after Robert Fortune who toured the tea producing regions in the 1840’s under the auspices of the East India Company. Darjeeling adds a pleasing brightness; Yunnan lends a dark, honey colored liquor and delicately spicy overtones. " -Upton Tea

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807 tasting notes

This is a nice tea.
I get some apple fruit notes in it along with the honeyed sweetness.
Some malt, and some smoke but not overly smokey.
I am far too tired to do a full review on this one so I am just going to enjoy it.
Passing the rest of this sample along to Yssah – working on her box this weekend to send out Monday.
While I could see this being worthwhile to have in a daily rotation due to a good flavor I don’t think that I will as I just have already have a good supply of excellent black teas already.
I may add this to the shopping list though just in case I ever make an upton’s order. Its worth getting again.
The sweetness is light but present. I like that.
The fruit notes are lovely.
The mouthfeel is full and just ever so slightly creamy.
Would be an excellent iced tea as well.

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6770 tasting notes

You know I love a good Yunnan and I know my Sororitea Sister Liberteas LOVES Darjeeling…so that is why I got this sample when I re-ordered. It’s very different and I don’t think I can compare it to anything else I have tried. But I really like it!

It smells malty but with a spec of smoke. It also has just a little bit of fruit goodness trying to hide underneath!

The flavor is incredible malty with a fair amount of ‘crustiness’. There is a bit of smoke, a little fruit, and a hint of bitterness – but in a good way.

This offers a a roller coaster of flavors and a unique and conversational tasting experience!


This one sounds awesome. A very interesting blend.


What is “crustiness”? That’s like using the word crunch in a name. The only crunchy teas I’ve had are the ones in which I ate the steepings. Crusty sounds like you added croutons or something.

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This is a very interesting tea. I like the combination of Darjeeling and Yunnan, because they are quite different in taste and body but they work well together.

Notes of fermented grape, honey, caramel and flower. A complex cuppa with a very enjoyable texture.


Interesting blend. Sounds delightful!

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429 tasting notes

This is a very unusual tea for me. It tastes like a light yunnan with some fruity notes. It really leaves my mouth dry and does have some bitterness with a light astringency. As it cools I get a kind of medicine aftertaste. I usually like yunnan teas but I really don’t like this one. It may be the darjeeling. I’ll try some diferent parameters to see if I can make it drinkable.

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I had been wondering about this one … thanks for intrepidly exploring it! Sounds like the Darjeeling-Yunnan marriage is a rather uneasy one.


Robert Fortune blend you say!?!?! It’s a shame that it isn’t more to your taste (we share tastes so it is probably not to my taste either!).


I’m going to add some Lapsang Souchong and some Oolong to it to see if I can make something drinkable out of it. I just don’t play well with Darjeeling teas.

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419 tasting notes

It has been far too hot around here to drink any hot tea until now. Sad but true and I haven’t had time to make anything iced either. Shame on me! Today is very cool and we’ve also had rain off and on since 3am. Perfect tea weather in my book! So I figured I’d dig into some of the Upton samples I purchased a month back. This was the first one out of the box.

I love that there is that touch of malt to the tea and I’m getting a slight hint of something darker too. There is also a fruit finish on the end that makes this a lovely cup for afternoon tea taking. Good to be back!

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769 tasting notes

This was our morning tea at work today.

Malty, sweetish, fruity, smooth, little smokey. Definitely a Yunnan and also definitely a Darjeeling. Little hit of astringency at the end, but not much.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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110 tasting notes

This was another sample I purchased ten plus years ago, along with the Baker Street Blend. I am reviewing this tea, based on my memory ten years ago, so please bear with me. OOPS….I almost posted “bare with me”, in which case I would have been asking you to get naked with me (while drinking tea?!). Hehehehehe…..

First let me say that I used to always use sugar in my tea, until around 1998-1999, when I first tasted a FF Darjeeling from the Pussimbing tea garden. Ever since, only on rare occasions, will I add sugar to lesser tea bags, and iced tea. So no sugar or milk was added to this tea as it would spoil the flavor. I really can’t remember enough to comment on the aroma, leaf, or cup color.

Darjeelings are my favorite black tea, so I ordered this thinking the Yunnan would pair well. I love it when my tea expectations are met, and this was the case here. I would say the Darjeeling is somewhat more prominent of the two teas-but not overly so.The Darjeeling lent a bright, crispness to the tea, perhaps slightly flowery as well. The Yunnan tea added a peppery spiciness. Together the two teas shared the stage very well, playing off of one another, neither tea stealing the the show.

Another great blend from Upton Tea Imports, and better than the Baker Street Blend. I may post another review of the Robert Fortune Blend, paying closer attention to aroma, leaf, and cup color. Until then fellow steepsters, this is my review and I am sticking to it!


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612 tasting notes

Been doing Upton Imports sampler thunderdomes, two teas at a time, sometimes with comparison qualities obvious (same flush or estate darjeelings, say), sometimes less so, like here where I compared Upton TB84, Robert Fortune Blend (darjeeling and yunnan), with Upton TE22, Sacher Blend (scented darjeeling).

This has a more roasted, grassy aroma dry, sort of salad-y. Both teas smell nice in the cup. This one’s slightly paler, less red, bit more gold. Bit tannic and astringent, but still not as much as Sacher, smoother but also a little more bitter. Was a little worried ‘cause normally I am very meh about yunnan—don’t find it bad, just unremarkable in every way—but this isn’t bad. Can take some milk and sugar. Definitely a drinkable blend, but there are so many high quality blends out there (just think of all the earl greys and caravans alone!) that I doubt I’d rebuy.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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58 tasting notes

This is a nice blend. It’s full bodied with a whisper of red wine beneath a dark tea flavor. I was nervous because it smelled like salad when dry, but the brewed tea is nothing like the dry smell and the aroma in the cup is fresh and sweet and lemony.

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5 tasting notes

The light smoky fragrance reminded us a little of Lapsang Souchong. The Darjeeling in it was just right, brightening up the flavor. Really enjoyed this. Great afternoon blend, good for morning too.

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