Safari Breakfast Ambessa Tea from Harney & Sons

SafariBreakfastTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Tea Description:

Brimming with flavor, Safari Breakfast is a robust blend of African black teas with a reassuringly rich aroma. A full-bodied breakfast tea, it’s the embodiment of Africa’s fine lineage of outstanding teas, spices and vibrancy.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Nice!  This Safari Breakfast blend from the Ambessa Tea Line – which is available from Harney & Sons – is a really delightful blend of African black teas.

It is a good, solid tea with plenty of heft.  Plenty of the gusto that you want first thing in the morning.  It has a certain edginess to it that can be curbed with the addition of milk and honey, but, I like it served straight up too.  It delivers a full-flavored taste without bitterness.

It is a pleasantly rich tasting tea with that “bake-y” kind of taste that I look for in a breakfast type tea … that rich, satisfying, invigorating taste that goes well with a piece of biscotti or perhaps a slice of whole wheat toast.  The kind of tea that brings a smile to my face when I’m drinking it as I feel it do it’s job which is to wake me up!

There are background fruity notes and a woody earthiness that compliment the spice notes in this tea.  If I hadn’t known that this blend was composed of African teas, my first guess might have been a Yunnan – it has that sort of peppery spice taste to it … although this is a bit more mellow when it comes to “spice” than the typical Yunnan.  It is a rich, warm, rewarding tea that is moderately astringent.  I found that the astringency here builds a little bit, and by mid-cup, I started to notice a slightly dry, pucker-y sensation on my inner cheeks after each sip.

Overall, a really good breakfast blend.  This is a tea I wouldn’t mind waking up to every morning!

Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of “Gramma” and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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