Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Simple Loose Leaf
A richer, more complex version of a traditional English Breakfast, we’ve blended Indian, Chinese and Ceylon Black Teas to produce an outstanding aromatic and full flavored Breakfast tea that can stand alone or be served in the traditional English manner with milk and sugar.
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I’ve tasted a lot of English Breakfast Blend teas over the years, and you would think that because the teas have the same name, that they’d be the same. Not so. I’ve tasted some English Breakfast teas that focus just on one tea (usually a Ceylon, but sometimes an Assam), and some that are blends. And even when they are blends, the teas used in the blend are not the same from tea company to tea company.
This English Breakfast Black Tea Blend from Simple Loose Leaf is a blend of Ceylon and Indian FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe) Black tea and Chinese teas. I suspect that the “Chinese” tea used here is a Keemun, as I can taste that fruity, wine-like sort of taste that I might experience from a Keemun, with just a hint of smoky background notes.
I taste notes of fruit – sweet and even a hint of tarty tones in there too. There is an earthy quality to this, and maybe just a touch of malt. It’s a pleasing, well-rounded, full-flavored black tea.
It’s also a strong, robust tea, certainly worthy of a “breakfast blend” title. It has some kick to it – this tea will help you shake the sleepies that want to hang on and keep you in bed. And as lovely as a day in bed might sound, some days you just need to kick it in gear, right? This tea will get you on your way.
I drank this tea straight with no additions. It’s an edgy tea, and that edge can be softened by the addition of the milk of your choice and/or honey (or sugar). I like it served hot, then again, I prefer most teas served that way. This would also make a good iced tea served with a wedge of lemon or try brewing it with a sprig or two of mint to impart a refreshing mint flavor to the iced tea.
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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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