"What is Fortnum and Mason!?" you ask.
Wikipedia knows all.
"Fortnum & Mason (colloquially often shortened to just "Fortnum's") is an upmarket department store in Piccadilly, London, with additional stores at St Pancras railway station and Heathrow Airport in London, as well as Dubai and various stockists worldwide. Its headquarters are located at 181 Piccadilly, where it was established in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason."
Number one, you can't open this tin without a knife. Get thee a knife right now and open it.
I bought the earl grey flavor at Williams-Sonoma in America. This tea didn't taste very new. I am a major tea drinker aka. tea snob. I swear Williams-Sonoma sold me old tea. This tea has such a history and nobody would buy it if it tasted like the one I had. Williams-Sonoma must be like some of the bad Indian stores I avoid in favor of good Indian supermarkets: all the food is beyond expired or not stored right at the bad ones.
The stale tea I had tasted like what I call "tea for WASPy America:" watered down tea that is neither strong enough nor flavorful enough to be sold anywhere else. I'm American but feel insulted by what my culture here calls "tea." Tea for Americans sucks. Big time.
I'd compare this to the best of American tea. This low cost one I buy at supermarkets called Choice Organic black tea. Choice isn't super good but it's not bad. To paraphrase the jerk face douchebag American slogan, "I wouldn't toss her out of bed," I wouldn't toss Choice out the window. It's my go to tea, like a tacky McDonald's French fries day. If you're a tea lover stuck in the USA, get yourself Choice's Black Tea Value Pack. You can make the best of your situation. Like say you're going on a road trip where many towns in between here and there think the fanciest health food in town is Cracker Barrel, you will need a filler tea like Choice to make it through your journey.
My stale earl grey didn't taste awful, like I said, but more along if my supermarket McDonald's tea comparable, the Choice I just name checked, gave the Black Tea Value Pack a hint of Earl Grey kick. Nothing fancy. As I said, exactly like if a McDonald's meal became tea.
I know this isn't the legendary Fortnum and Mason brand's legacy. Hello team at Fortnum and Mason, you really need to have a word with the people here in the States selling old tea and giving you a bad name. This is terrible news for us here in the USA!