Hello Tea Friends,
This tea was actually a gift from my wonderful sister in law who knows I have a passion for tea. You cannot imagine my excitement when I received this; not only does it come in a beautiful tin but there is nothing finer than a Christmas tea to get you into the festive spirit.
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.
Until next time, Happy Steeping!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black blend
Where to Buy: Fortnum & Mason
Description: Warm yourself up this Christmas with the exotic flavours which have been added to this Fortnum’s blend. This Christmas Spiced Tea has a festive seasonal flavour from zesty clementine and bold spices. With the addition of delicious cocoa nibs, this tea finishes any Christmas afternoon treat.
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Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Fortnum & Mason
Blending teas from India, Ceylon and China, this noble tea offers mellow sweetness and golden brightness and is truly fit for a queen. Presented in a decorative tin, it will be a lasting memory of the happy and historic occasion.
Taste & strength
Sturdy and refreshing.
When to drink
Ideal at any time of day.
Use boiling water and brew for 3-5 minutes depending on taste. Best drunk with milk.
Airtight container, preferably a tea caddy.
Learn more about this tea here.
Jubilee Tea From Fortnum & Mason smells like a maltier black tea with cinnamon undertones. Very pleasant to the nose and the tongue because Jubilee Tea From Fortnum & Mason is one of those black tea blends you’ll remember for some time. The black tea base is blended from teas from 3 regions…China, Ceylon, and India. Not only does it have a bit of maltiness to the smell the taste follows suit. The cinnamon I smelled I could also taste but not as a flavoring just a natural cinnamon from the blend of these 3 quality teas.
Jubilee Tea From Fortnum & Mason is an eye opener without being too strong or harsh but it does have some heft to it which makes it ideal for mornings or an afternoon pick-me-up!
Two thumbs up for Jubilee Tea From Fortnum & Mason in my book! A nice, strong black tea!