Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
This is a strong tea, perhaps our strongest tea. When you stand up your spoon in this tea, it might just stand straight.
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OK, my spoon didn’t do that … that said, this Scottish Morn Black Tea Blend from Harney & Sons is a strong, hefty kind of tea!
The photo above depicts a fine cut CTC blend, and that’s true to what I measured into my teapot this morning. Generally, when I see a fine cut like this, my personal rule of thumb is to cut back on the brew time by at least 30 seconds, and that’s what I did. Instead of my normal 2 1/2 minutes, I went with just 2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch, and the result is a cup of near perfection when it comes to a breakfast blend!
When I want a breakfast blend – and I definitely wanted one this morning, I want a sturdy, stout kind of breakfast blend like this one. I want something that is sure to get my peepers popped open … and something that will keep them open! And I’m liking that a lot.
But what I like best about this Scottish Morn is that even though it is a bold, invigorating black tea, it isn’t too edgy. It’s not overly astringent nor is it veering on the side of bitter. It doesn’t feel like it’s stripping my tongue of its taste buds. It’s almost what I’d call … smooth. Not gentle, not mild or mellow … but, as I sip it, I don’t feel like it’s a full-on assault of my palate either.
It’s a remarkably rich, full-flavored tea with a very pleasing, well-rounded taste. And I can feel it get to work on my energy levels too! This is one of the better breakfast blends I’ve tried from Harney & Sons … it gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.
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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