Review of Fortnum & Mason Countess Grey Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. On a recent trip to London I accidentally found myself in a Fortnum & Mason tea shop. I was undecided as to what tea to try when I came across a selection of countess grey tea. It grabbed my attention as I immediately assumed that it would be an earl grey with a twist. I wasn’t wrong as it is described as a traditional bergamot infused blend lifted by a light orange. I just had to grab a packet and take it home to try.

I liked the design of the packaging with this tea. It is a light teal colour with darker teal and gold leafs with a flowery and star pattern. To the front centre of the packaging I was drawn to the vibrant pink stripe and the teas name. Onto the ingredients tea, flavouring and orange peel are listed. I personally wish that the details of the flavouring was more detailed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.


On opening the packet you get 25 individually wrapped teabags. I love this as it means that you can take a teabag anywhere. On opening one of these packets I have to admit to be a tad disappointed. I was greeted by what I would describe as an everyday aroma black tea. I was hoping for a subtle bergamot aroma intermingled with a hint of orange. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light brown colour. The aroma soon became noticeably different. The aroma of bergamot became noticeable but this was overtaken by a more citrusy aroma from the orange. This remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. On sipping the tea I could definitely taste the bergamot but the predominant flavour was the refreshing citrus element from the orange. I personally hoped that the bergamot would be the principal flavour but sipping the tea changed my mind. It was nice to experience a bergamot tea where the citrus element was the more predominant flavour. It made for a nice light and refreshing tea.

So would I recommend this tea Fortnum & Mason tea? Yes I would. I liked the citrus aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a light refreshing tea with a citrus twist. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this tea a try. So thank you Fortnum & Mason for producing a refreshing citrusy tea.

97 Comments

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Oh no such a shame.

  1. Zarah
    July 25, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I’m a huge fan of tea! And this one sounds absolutely lovely šŸ™‚ if you haven’t yet you should try Tazos organic bramblewine, fruity citrusy taste. Very refreshing :)0

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Oh thank you for the tip I shall have to Google it to see if I can get it in the UK. It sounds like a lovely tea.

  2. July 25, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Oh, no, it available in Germany- one reason more to travel to U.K. Again

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Hi, sounds like a good excuse to me šŸ˜Š

  3. July 25, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Loveee tea! May have to try this one !

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Hi, you should its a nice tea.

  4. secretsofgreatestminds
    July 25, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I love the beautiful tea bags! Love tea!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      Hi, they sure are. I love tea as well šŸ˜Š.

  5. katieswordsofwisdomblog
    July 25, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    As a person who loves tea as well very informative and i think i need to find this tea to try it out!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you find this tea to try and enjoy it.

  6. July 25, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Sounds similar to sleepy time tea that my grandmother used yo serve. Loved the taste of that stuff and it always calmed my nerves. Haven’t had it in years buy I will definitely have yo see about getting some of this and comparing. Thanks for the info!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 25, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Oh sleepy time tea sounds nice. I sometimes enjoy a crafty cup of this tea before bed with a crafty biscuit. Let me know what you think of this tea.

  7. July 25, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    My blog name says it all how much I love tea. Nice review with all the detailed pros and cons. Love the packaging of the packet. Quite fancy šŸ˜€

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Hi, love the name of your blog. Thank you for your kind comments. Yes I loved the packaging as well, very inviting.

  8. July 25, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    Mmmm….this sounds delicious. I’m not familiar with this brand. I’ll have to see if they carry it here.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Hi, it is a very famous brand in the UK. It is a nice tea, not sure if you could get it though, sorry.

  9. sofiasolisb
    July 25, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I love green tea! I’ll definitely try this one

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      Hi, this tastes quiet different to a green tea but is worth trying. Please let me know what you think if you give it a try.

  10. July 26, 2017 / 2:02 am

    I’ll give this a try. Thanks!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Hi, if you do please let me know what you think. I like to read others opinions.

  11. July 26, 2017 / 6:30 am

    This sounds lovely. I always used to drink earl grey but mostly drink green tea now. #bestandworst

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Hi, you just cant beat a nice earl grey but I also drink a lot more green tea these days.

  12. July 26, 2017 / 7:05 am

    The box is lovely. It sounds really nice! I love a twist on an earl grey. Bergamot is delicious.

    #bloggerclubuk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Hi, yes I fell for the packaging straight away. As an earl grey addict its great to try a tea that is a twist of the classic tea.

  13. July 26, 2017 / 8:05 am

    I like the beautiful tea bags.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Hi, yes the pacakaging is indeed very nice.

  14. July 26, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Great review. Sounds like a tea I should try. I really need to try more Earl Grey inspired blends! šŸ™‚

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Hi, you should give it a try, as you know I’m a bit of an earl grey addict šŸ˜Š.

  15. Endah Kurnia Wirawati
    July 26, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I never tried this tea before, I think it will be difficult to find it in Indonesia.
    my favourite tea still jasmine tea and chammomile tea

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Hi, yes i think it may be difficult to get some, sorry. I love chamomile tea as well. I need to try jasmine.

  16. July 26, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    ooh. I used to love regular earl grey tea until my mum left the tea bag in the cup and it actually made me sick. So I switched to Russian Earl Grey tea by Lipton. omg it’s slightly sweet and it’s delicious!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Oh I need to Google this tea and see if I can get some to try. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you it is my second one especiallly for my blog. The first one got a little overused.

  17. Lauren Becker
    July 26, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’m not a warm drink person, but my sister started to really enjoy tea!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Have you tried a nice ice tea just out of interest?

  18. July 26, 2017 / 6:21 pm

    That box would have made me want to try that tea…sounds like a great hot tea.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Yes I fell for the box straight away. It sure is a nice hot tea.

  19. July 26, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I’ve not heard of this one before. Does sound very refreshing! Thanks for sharng with #bestandworst x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Hi, its a great alternative to the classic earl grey, a nice treat.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Hi, I love a nice rooibos as well and a great caffeine free tea. If you do try this tea please let me know what you think.

  20. booknerdprincess
    July 27, 2017 / 4:00 am

    This sounds yummy and I’m not even a big tea person šŸ™‚

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Oh, good that means my description must be good šŸ˜Š. Thanks for stopping by.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Hi, it sure is and worth trying even if you are more of a coffee person.

  21. July 27, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Informative and good review. I love tea and it’s aroma.I need to find this tea to try it out soon šŸ™‚

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Thank you, I’m also a person hooked on the aroma of tea.

  22. July 27, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Wonderful review! I too adore it when tea bags come individually wrapped, I’ve been known to raid hotels and meetings (once everyone has left) to grab them!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Hi, thank you for your kind comments. You’re not the only one to do this šŸ˜Š.

  23. July 27, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful tea. The packaging is so pretty and it sounds great that the teabags are individually wrapped. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:10 pm

      Hi, it sure is a wonderful tea with lovely packaging and the individually wrapped teabags just make it that extra bit special.

  24. talkingmums1
    July 27, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Sounds lovely and I d like a tea without milk once in a while x
    #SharingTheBlogLOVE

  25. emsry14
    July 27, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I’ve been completely obsessed with tea lately! This looks awesome!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Oh as a fellow tea addict you should see if you can get hold of this tea to try.

  26. sweetdcreation
    July 27, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    Sounds wonderful. Will have to try it.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      It sure is. If you do try it please do let me know what you think.

  27. July 27, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Ohhh this sounds like a lovely tea and I like that you don’t have to use milk with it! My mum has some teas from fortnum and mason so I’ll have to see if this is in her collection!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  28. July 27, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    I do like tea that you can take on the go — it’s much easier to bring to work! And since it’s summer, I can see why you’d like the citrus flavoring. Citrus is just the quintessential summer taste to me.

    xx
    Emily

  29. Kayleigh Zara
    July 27, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    This sounds like a tea that I would absolutely love! I love the look of the packaging too x

    Kayleigh Zara šŸŒæwww.kayleighzaraa.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Hi, the packaging is lovely. I’m sure you would love it if it can be exported.

  30. Sarabi Nikolanna Eventide
    July 27, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Greeting fellow tea blogger! I’ll definitely have to look for this tea. I prefer to brew leaves, but sometimes I need the portability to tea bags, ha. I’m super intrigued as to what a citrusy earl grey would taste like.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Hi, fellow tea blogger nice to meet you. Yes you can’t beat tea leaves. If you do try this tea please let me know what you think.

  31. July 27, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I love trying out new tea, and I love a bit of citrus flavouring!

    Carla x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Oh I think that you would like this then. If you do try it please let me know what you think.

  32. Lisa
    July 27, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I am a huge fan of all things citrus, including my teas. The packaging on this brand is so cute too!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Hi, the pacalkging is fab isn’t it. If you like citrus you should give this tea a try.

  33. Corinne & Kirsty šŸŒø (@corinnekirsty)
    July 27, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    The packaging is great. Super shiny and pretty. Sounds like a nice tea

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 27, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it you know im a sucker for packaging, oh and nice tea of course šŸ˜Š.

  34. July 27, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    I always prefer light teas during summer days, and this tea looks refreshing. Would love to try this citrus tea.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 11:48 am

      Hi, i like this style of tea all year round šŸ˜Š. I hope you get the chance to give it a try.

  35. July 27, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I always prefer light teas during summer days, and this tea looks perfect and refreshing. Would love to try this citrus tea.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 11:49 am

      I hope you can give it a try. Please let me know what you think.

  36. July 28, 2017 / 3:09 am

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog. I’m not really a tea person but I think I’ll give this a try.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Hi, thank you for you kind comments much appreciated. If you do give it a try please let me know what you think.

  37. July 28, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Such a wonderful tea shop in London but I’m afraid I’m a boring English breakfast tea drinker. I know it’s boring!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 11:51 am

      Hi, there’s nothing wrong with that. I like a nice breakfast tea as well.

  38. patriciathom
    July 28, 2017 / 11:10 am

    love the packaging…..

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 11:51 am

      Isn’t it fab.

  39. July 28, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    The strength of the orange sounds like it gives this one a lovely twist. Love the individually wrapped bags too, although I guess it’s not too good for the environment! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 29, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Hi, yes a good pint about the environment but I have been putting the empty packets in the recycling.

  40. July 31, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Thanks for this, I love tea and suddenly I am quite thirsty!!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 31, 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Hi, I hope that you found a tea to quench your thirst šŸ˜Š.

      • August 2, 2017 / 8:31 am

        Hehehehe yes I did šŸ™‚

  41. July 31, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I like they are individually wrapped you could take them anywhere! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      July 31, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Hi, it was just a nice little extra that made the tea even more special.

  42. August 1, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I love Earl Grey tea and like the sound of this one with a citrus twist to it šŸ™‚ #sharingthebloglove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 2, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Oh you should give this tea a try if you can get some.

  43. sipbeauty
    August 2, 2017 / 1:13 am

    Beautiful cup and saucer!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      August 2, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you its one of my dedicated tea sets for my tea reviews.

  44. eliza b kay
    May 2, 2018 / 5:39 am

    This is my absolute favourite tea, I try to never run out. Try the loose leaf version, the colour of the black leaves and citrus strand is beautiful and the aroma is marvellous. ā™„ļøšŸµ

    • Pinkiebag
      Author
      May 12, 2018 / 8:23 pm

      Oh thanks for th tip I shall give it a go next time I visit.

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