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!