The present work relies on the production of selected microstructures through the application of thermal and thermomechanical laboratory tests, followed by mechanical testing and microstructural characterisation. The relations that link the microstructure parameters and the tensile properties have already been discussed and extended from ferrite-pearlite to high strength microstructures in a previous work. Using these results as a starting point, the present work goes a step forward and develops a methodology to consistently incorporate the effect of mesotexture (EBSD) into the existing relations that link the Charpy impact toughness to the microstructure. The result is an extension of the existing equation for the FATT from ferrite-pearlite to high strength microstructures (bainite, tempered martensite). The upper shelf energy for the Nb-microalloyed steel under consideration correlates linearly with the sum of the different terms of the FATT equation (solutes, grain boundary carbides, pearlite and precipitation/dislocations strengthening) excepting the grain size. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.