Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Rington’s Premium English Teas
“Our Traditional Tea Blend contains some of the best teas produced from around the world, selected predominantly from our long standing relationships with family businesses in East Africa and India. Our expert tea blenders taste and choose each individual tea that goes into the blend, ensuring you always receive that unique, refreshing and lasting flavour that makes Ringtons Traditional our most popular blend in the US.”
Learn more about this tea here.
Since I’ve returned from my trip to the UK, I have been on a bender with Breakfast Blend teas. I am obsessed with them, always choosing them from my tea cabinet over high price single estate teas. They have reminded me of the gorgeous comfort they bring when it is 45 degrees and raining sideways for days on end. I love the kinds of teas that can hold up to that type of weather, like a stout umbrella. Yesterday, I received a sample of a few of Rington’s teas in the mail and couldn’t have been more pleased….so guess what’s in my cup this morning?
Rington’s Traditional English Breakfast is a bagged tea, which as far as convenience goes, can’t be beat. On first sip, the dark amber brown liquid give a lovely mouthful of the flavors that should come with a breakfast blend….the first is a toasty baked grain note from the Kenyan tea, then the round maltiness and a touch of citrus that the Assam brings to the blend. There is a bit of astringency here from the Assam, but nothing that another sip won’t easily fix. If you have a penchant to add a bit of milk to your tea, there is no problem here. This tea’s full bodied flavor profile supports even the milkiest tea drinkers!
This is not a complicated tea, but that is exactly the point. A great breakfast blend from the UK has just a few jobs to do. One is have enough flavor to stand up to breakfast, whether that be a full cooked breakfast of eggs, sausages, baked beans (etc.) or a bowl of oatmeal. The second job is to stoke up that inner sunshine so that the chilly sideways rain and the mood it brings is held at bey. Rington’s Traditional English breakfast does both with aplomb….and of course, I’m going back for a second cup.
I learned to drink tea while living in Dublin in the early 80’s, so as you can imagine, I am a hearty brew lover and have no problem tea with milk and honey. I don’t find it blasphemous, I find it yummy! I am always looking to expand my horizons with tea and my “beyond the teabag” journey began in January 2014.
I am currently loving highly oxidized teas from every country that makes them! I have a new found curiosity for keemuns and yunnans. I do like some naturally flavoured teas…almond, vanilla, cardamom, ginger. This seems to be mostly in the cooler months…but primarily I’m an unflavoured tea drinker.
I live in the foothills above San Diego with chickens, goats, a horse and a few cats. I love the quiet that a semi-rural life brings me and my favorite cup of tea during the day is the one I drink in the wee hours of the morning with my critters.
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