Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Butiki Teas
The English Breakfast blend is robust and malty. This black tea is a blend of Ceylon, Assam, Java, and Darjeeling teas and is best served with milk or lemon.
Learn more about this tea here.
Ordinarily when I’m ordering from Butiki Teas, I gravitate toward the more unusual blends or the flavored teas because Butiki Teas is really quite skillful when it comes to creating something not only unique but delicious. The Tamarind Pop is an excellent example of this. Truly a unique and delicious tea.
So, I find that I tend to overlook what might be somewhat common or “everyday” blends from Butiki – like this English Breakfast – and to be honest, until someone mentioned that they’d like to try the English Breakfast from Butiki Teas in our recent giveaway sponsored by the company, I didn’t even realize that they had one! I’m just so used to them being the place for more out-of-the-ordinary type of blends … I didn’t expect to see an English Breakfast in the collection of teas from Butiki!
But, I was not only surprised to find an English Breakfast, but now that I am trying it, I am surprised that I thought that this would be a common English Breakfast – it’s nothing of the sort!
This tea has some serious HEFT to it – it is robust and invigorating. It has a thickness to it, some real tooth! It is what I sometimes refer to as “chewy” … which to me means that it has a flavor and a texture that sort of reminds me of a crusty, chewy, freshly baked french bread. It’s so satisfying!
This is a blend of Ceylon, Assam, Java, and Darjeeling teas, and while they do meld together quite amazingly to create a very seamless kind of flavor, I do notice certain aspects from the individual teas as well. From the Assam, I notice a rich, malty character. From the Darjeeling, I notice that sort of crispness that helps to clean the palate in between sips so that it does not become overwhelmed by what would otherwise be a very heavy tea. The Darjeeling keeps it sort of “light” … but don’t mistake that comment to think that this is – in any way – a weak or wimpy tea. It IS NOT! But, the hint of lightness from the Darjeeling helps to keep this tea from being too heavy, and I like that, because I don’t like that weighed down feeling from a tea.
From the Ceylon I notice an evenness of tone and I notice a rich warmness and robustness from the Java. Together… these four teas combine to create a very unique Breakfast Blend that stands out from the crowd. This is no ordinary English Breakfast!
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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