Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
We have been the tea supplier to famous Dorchester for over seven years. Over that time, we have learned the taste preferences of the British. We know they like their tea strong, and that is what this tea is.
Learn more about this Breakfast Blend here.
I have to be honest and admit that I was kind of surprised when I opened the packet of my loose leaf sample of this Dorchester Breakfast Black Tea Blend from Harney & Sons and saw how small the leaves were cut. This is a very fine CTC blend! I guess I’m just used to larger leaves from Harney. But, I didn’t let that dissuade me from brewing up a cup of this tea and I’m glad it didn’t, because mmm! This is really good.
The dry leaf aroma is faint, but I noticed hints of earth and sweetness. Once brewed, the fragrance seems to become even more faint, with more subtle notes of sweetness. As for the earthy tones I noticed when the tea was dry, I notice next to none. Just a barely there whisper of sweetness wafting from my cup.
And the aroma does an injustice for the flavor that awaits the palate, in my opinion, because this is a really rich and delicious cuppa! This is definitely the kind of tea that I’d be more than happy to wake up to each morning. It is a good, strong cup of tea – very bold! This has what I need on those mornings when I need a little more than a vigorous shake to wake me.
There are rich malty tones to this cup as well as a touch of a freshly baked, cake-y kind of quality. It is a strong tea with an astringent finish, but I’m not finding the astringency to be too much. There are hints of a bitter bite to this as well, and had I steeped this longer than the 2 1/2 minutes that I did in my Breville One-Touch I suspect that I might have had a bitter cuppa. As it is, I am not bothered by the hint of bitterness, as I find it to be an appealing complement to the sweeter notes and the caramel-y undertone to this tea.
This tea definitely has an edge to it, so it’s perfectly alright to add a drizzle of honey to this if you want to smooth out the edginess, or perhaps a splash of milk or cream might be more to your liking. This tea can stand up to either or both! Me, I’m liking it straight up – that edge is giving me the wake up call I need today!
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!