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This is probably a discontinued tea by now, but my cousin in the UK sent it to me a couple years ago and it has been quite the staple for me. I’m by no means a fan of the British Monarchy (I’m South Asian-American with Scottish and Irish roots, after all), but this is a very good tea in a very charming (and very royal) tin. The tea leaves are decently intact despite what seemed to be an adventurous trip with the British Royal Post, judging from the way the shipping box showed up, and they brew up into a robust, malty, incredibly satisfying breakfast-style tea. Perfect for a busy leader of an Imperialist nation (or me, I guess).
There is a lovely creamy pistachio scent from the dry tea. This tea brews to a lovely amber and the scent of the cream and pistachio lingers in the cup as well. And it tastes of pistachios and faintly of the cream. I found this tea to be delightful and it’s a new favorite of mine. I have drunk several cups in the past couple of weeks and it never disappoints. Highly recommend.
Flavors: Creamy, Nutty
One of Lexa’s friends brought this back when she was last in the UK and I figured I would make it this afternoon in the interest of a sipdown (this is my last easy one). Though I maybe should’ve waited until the season 4 premier of The Crown.
This is a somewhat intense black breakfast-ish tea. It’s definitely got some astringency and would probably be better with milk and/or sugar. I maaay add some frothed almond milk, but also I’m a bit lazy to get off the couch haha!
There was a huuuuge tin of this in the tea box, and the smoky scent was much too strong. I put it back thinking that I definitely wouldn’t like it, but hey, what’s a tea box for if not expanding your horizons? I just put the tea in my cup and strained it instead of using a steeper because I didn’t want my steeper to be permanently scented. It’s that strong. I added lots of sugar and milk to try to tame the smokiness. It’s super smoky and meaty. I don’t dislike it as much as I expected, but I spent several days trying to finish my large mug and never could. There’s not much bergamot here, unfortunately. I really can’t picture someone enjoying this, but I guess there are plenty of people who do!
As I said in a tasting note a day or two ago for Fortnum’s Russian Caravan, last weekend I went to a teahouse with three friends. I didn’t order this tea, it was the selection of one of the friends I was with – however he kindly poured me the last teacup worth from his pot so that I could try it as well!
Smoky Earl Grey doesn’t appeal to me as a concept – I think that’s too busy/aggresive in terms of flavour profile. Lapsang is already a VERY intense/bold flavour, and Earl Grey also has the potential to be quite intense and aromatic. Combined? That’s a fine line you’re walking, good sir!
That said – my pot of selection tea, the Russian Caravan, had been VERY thin tasting and felt under leafed so switching from that somewhat disappointing infusion to this one was like drinking water after walking for miles in a hot dessert. What would normally have been borderline for me was rich flavour compared to a disappointing first pot of tea. I actually liked it a lot in this situation even if it wasn’t something that normally would have spoken to me.
From a few weekends ago – I went out for afternoon tea with three friends and the little cafe/tea house we went at served and sold Fortnum and Mason teas! This is the one that I ordered for myself, just a little pot of it with an apple and cheddar scone!
I feel like the pot was under leafed, but I didn’t want to complain/be “that person” at the cafe. However, this was very thin tasting and not all that smokey/robust at all. I’ve had this tea before, and it just wasn’t what I remember Fortnum’s Russian Caravan tasting like at all. This was soft smoke, and gentle oolong and a Russian Caraven should slap you in the face with its briskness.
The scone was really good though – I liked the smoky apple combo!
I guess everyone has seen the post, either here or on Facebook, that Adagio is going to be running Steepster henceforth. I hope it doesn’t change too much! This is my 90% of my social life! Ha ha!
I can’t believe this was not already in my cupboard, as Superanna gave it to me a while back and I have drunk it many times.
This is a Keemun tea with rose flavor, slightly less rose-y than Rose Scented by Harney and Sons, and with deeper, darker tea notes due to the base being Keemun instead of Ceylon. Both are great, and this one is better for my husband who doesn’t like his tea too terribly floral.
It does not need milk and sugar to smooth or sweeten, but it is strong enough that I feel it would be really great that way if that is how you prefer your tea.
Any idea why they call it pouchong? Pouchong is Bao Zhong. This is Keemun and to all taste and appearance is black tea. I hope someone knows and will enlighten me!
It was a great pot of tea to start my day!
An Ode to Tea challenge – R
Sipdown! I REALLY need to get to trying a few of these other neglected teas that Meowster sent me ages ago. I actually cringe while thinking of them, the teas patiently waiting. I finished this one though? A nice thick, strong breakfast blend – tasting slightly of tomato soup and pumpernickel bread. Nice to try it!
2021 sipdowns:49 (This + 52Teas – Gingerbread House genmaicha)
From Meowster a while back! Thank you! Very small leaf here — meaning very tough stuff. Dark, deep, robust. Not easy to pick out particular flavors. It is simply black tea, which begs the question why this one is named “Royal” — because it apparently was blended for a King. I don’t think he would find this at all spectacular. If anything, it definitely tastes like assam with occasional flavors of Ceylon peeking through, so it definitely is what it says it is! Next time sipdown.
Steep #1 // 1 1/3 teaspoons for full mug // 18 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min steep
2020 Sipdowns: 40 Whispering Pines – Golden Orchid
Delicious and refreshing. I love having this in the morning. I have been seeking out different earl grey and none have hit the spot like this one. The bergamot is strong and the goes well with the mellow green tea. The green tea is not one of those astringent green teas. I honestly think I enjoy the green based earl greys more than the black tea based ones.
A tea bag that I had in my drawer instead of huge bags, but comes from the latter.
It is overcast, with little rain, a bank holiday (patron of Bohemia, St. Wenceslas, was killed 1085 years ago by his brother), sad day… heading to work this afternoon.
Tomorrow a new semester starts. I was promising myself I will clean up my desk so I could work as needed, as we will stay at home and have distance learning. Nope.
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The tea is same as last time (tea bag version). Typical black tea with some bitterness, quite tannic and not much of malty. They say it is light and refreshing and well, I don’t much think so.
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I feel overall somehow quite down, like the little kid who realised that his vacation is over, my mother said me that I am kind of sponger of family, I am doing nothing to pay family bills and I am trading on that I am the youngest. I must say it hit me terrilbly and although I am sure she didn’t meant it necessary in a bad way, it is something you really don’t want to hear!
Flavors: Bitter, Tannic, Tea
Had one tea bag in my cupboard (to drink it earlier than from huge bags section)
It was just same, boring, black tea. Shorter steeping time (2 minutes only) was a clever idea, but as I said, the tea was just boring. Just basic black tea flavours, especially the tannic and somehow bold flavour.
Just had a cuppa, a tea bag though only. Huge bags section.
I completely agree with Roswell Strange, it is classical black tea, kind of malty and strong. There weren’t much other notes than tannic black tea notes. Simple, full-bodied tea; but not worth the price they are selling it for. It is just a black tea, nothing wow.
Flavors: Malt, Tannic, Tea
So, I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening over at a friend/coworker’s house playing board game with her and her boyfriend – we also drank a ton of tea. Surprisingly she’s not a massive tea drinker (though she does drink some tea), but her boyfriend is VERY into tea – namely British tea, though he’s trying to branch out.
So he got to try a bunch of tea from my collection, and in return he made sure I had a bottomless mug of tea from their collection throughout the entire night. This was the first thing he made for me, steeped extra strong with milk and sugar. I told him he could basically make me whatever he wanted, however he wanted to steep it and I would happily drink it. I think he had a lot of fun with that.
I thought this was pretty good – in all honesty it’s not a type of tea that I would probably purchase for myself, especially because I find Fortnum & Mason quite expensive for the quality of the tea, so if I’m going to buy something from F&M I want it to be one of their more unique offerings. This is his favourite tea company, though, and respectfully it’s a solid cup of black tea. Full bodied, malty, and not too sweet – as a classic cuppa I can see the appeal.