Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Talbott Teas
Elegant and delighting malty breakfast blend of the finest organic black tea leaves to awake and captivate the senses. The ultimate wake-up tea. Enjoy plain or with a splash of milk.
I’ve tried a few Paris Breakfast / French Breakfast blends now, and I must say that this is my favorite thus far. The other French breakfast blends tended to be flavored – not that I dislike flavored teas! I quite like them – with vanilla or caramel or a combination of vanilla and caramel. This one is unflavored and I think that this is what gives it an edge over the other French Breakfast blends I’ve tasted.
Normally, my preference would probably be for the flavored blend, but, I really like how well rounded and full flavored this tea is! It is robust! It is full-bodied and bursting with so much natural flavor that it really doesn’t need additional flavorings!
The Assam lends a very rich flavor to this tea, and a malty note that is quite enchanting. It possesses a very pleasant baked flavor with a chewy texture. It is a tea that I would LOVE to wake up each and every morning.
It has a hearty enough taste to it that this tea would take well to the addition of milk and honey, if you wish to add it. I actually didn’t do that because I found that I was perfectly content with the flavor as is – with no additions. It did not possess a bitter or rough edge to it that I generally find in Assam and wish to smooth out with a splash of milk and drizzle of honey. It is just pleasantly smooth, strong… but not edgy. Perfect!
But here’s the rub. I can’t find this tea on Talbott Teas’ website. What’s up with that? I hope that this gets remedied soon, because this is a tea that is definitely high on top of my tea shopping list! I love it!
Edited to add: According to Steven Nakisher from Talbott Teas, this tea is currently only available in the restaurants and cafes that offer Talbott Teas – so keep an eye out for them! You’ll be glad you did!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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