I watched a programme on telly the other night about Royal Warrants and the London companies that have them. During the segment on Fortnum & Mason, we were told that although they could not reveal the Queen's favourite tea, they could tell us that the Palace orders quite a lot of Fortnum & Mason's Smoky Earl Grey tea.
Smoky Earl Grey? I must admit, when I look at all the teas offered by Fortnum & Mason, this is one I would not guess as being favoured by Her Majesty, but then, I haven't tried it. Maybe it's lovely.
I like Earl Grey tea a lot, but it is only in small doses that I can drink Lapsang Souchong or Gunpowder tea (both of which are used in the Fortnum blend).
If you'd like to give it a go but don't have access to tea from Fortnum & Mason, you might try Kusmi Smoky Earl Grey tea.
Or perhaps you'd rather eat your tea than drink it, in which case you could substitute Smoky Earl Grey for regular Earl Grey in the popular Earl Grey Cupcake recipe from Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days like Veronica at 21 Netley did.
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