Jubilee Tea From Fortnum & Mason

FortnumTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black Tea

Where to Buy: Fortnum & Mason

Tea Description:

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.

Brewing information
Use boiling water and brew for 3-5 minutes depending on taste. Best drunk with milk.

Storage advice
Airtight container, preferably a tea caddy.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

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!


Diamond Jubilee from Harney & Sons

diamondjubileeTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Tea Description:

This special edition tea has been created in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee (1952-2012) and her accession to the throne 60 years ago.

The tea is a bespoke blend which includes the Queen’s favourite, earl grey tea, plus black teas, lemony bergamot and grapefruit essences.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

I’ve wanted to try this tea since it was released last year … and thanks to an online friend sending me a couple of sachets of this tea, I’m finally able to do just that!

I’m really liking this.  I am not usually a big fan of Harney’s bagged teas, but, this one is nice, which leads me to believe that the loose leaf will be even better.

The flavors of bergamot and grapefruit mingle together very nicely to create a bright, citrus-y tone that is on the tart side, but I don’t find the tartness here to be off-putting the way I might normally … somehow it just works with the rich flavor of black tea to create a taste that is very satisfying.  It tastes very deep and complex, with earthy notes and hints of malt and floral notes that accent the fruit tones nicely.  And in return, the sunny citrus notes lighten up the tea just enough to keep the palate from feeling inundated.   The many facets of this tea come together in a really lovely way.

And what is actually impressing me the most here is that I am enjoying it as much as I do, and it is a bagged tea.  And as I said above, I can only imagine how much more I will love the loose leaf.  I will have to remember to add some of the loose leaf in my cart the next time I’m shopping with Harney & Sons!