English Breakfast from Rishi Tea. . . .

There’s something about English Breakfast tea that’s like coming home to me. It hasn’t always been that way– in fact, let me take you on a brief history of Mary’s Experiences with English Breakfast Tea (abridged).

5th grade: to celebrate the end of a history unit on the Boston Tea Party, Mary’s teacher throws a traditional British cream tea party, whilst wearing a giant pink satin hoop-skirt-dress and powdered wig. Mary tries to sip black tea with milk and sugar and promptly gags. End of attempts at caffeinated black tea for many years to come.

(brief interlude, in which Mary begins to drinks herbals and green teas and becomes obsessed, but still won’t touch black tea with a ten foot pole. Ah, such wasted time!)

Junior year of college: Mary goes to England to study abroad. On first full night in town, students are treated to a traditional cream tea welcome party. Mary eats finger sandwiches. (Verdict: delicious.) Mary tentatively pours a cuppa. Mary adds milk and sugar because monkey see, monkey do. Mary takes a sip. Decides nope, still not a fan. Two days later, Mary starts her internship, and boss makes her a cup of tea during break because this is what all Brits do, right? And who is Mary to buck tradition? Sip. Sip sip. Siiiiip. WHOA. This is really good. PROMPTLY OBSESSED. Never goes back.

The end!

I know. Great story, yes? All of this to say, my past with English Breakfast tea is storied and vast. And every time I try a new good one, I’m brought right back to those formative moments. This one from Rishi is no exception– rich and malty, it takes milk and sweet perfectly, it’s well-balanced and rounded out, with no obvious acidity. Is it a life-changer? Probably not. But is it comforting, reminiscent of good things, warm and delicious and just what I hoped it’d be? Yup. Just like home.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black
Where to Buy:  Rishi Tea
Description

What makes a great breakfast tea? Our buyers have spent years studying tea bush cultivars that present the most robust character, bright red cup color and awakening aromatics. Through extensive travel and tasting, we have found some of the very best in the Assamica gardens in Thailand’s remote northern mountains. This unique origin yields an English Breakfast that is full-bodied, lively and brisk with accents of raspberry and lingonberry. Perfectly balanced on its own or gratifying when smoothed out to taste with milk and sugar.

Tasting Notes: Lively, robust red cup with a brisk flavor and sweet caramel undertones.

Ingredients: Organic black tea

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Super Starling drinks English Breakfast from Solstice Tea Traders. . .

After killing myself at the gym this morning*, I needed a little bit of comfort. Black teas are my go-to morning cuddle buddy. They never cause DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). They never make me sweaty. I never collapse after drinking one.

* (10 flights on the stairmaster, a mile on the treadmill, then a variety of circuit training nonsense that at one point just had me laying on a mat, reaching for my inhaler.)

Comforting though this blend is, it’s still got that black-tea kick. This one’s an eye-opener. It pries your face open, Clockwork Orange style. Are you nodding off at your desk?

NOT ANY MORE YOU’RE NOT. WELCOME TO THE DAY.

The flavor is a nice smooth blend, a bit malty and raisin-y. I have a feeling that, if you mixed some with an herbal tea (maybe berry-flavored), you’d have a great iced tea. This could be a strong backbone for a kickin’ blend.

If you’re the sort of person who does this sort of thing. Which I do. I like to play alchemist all the time. Is it unclassy to throw ingredients into other teas? Probably. But I’ve come up with some awesome stuff. (I have also — full disclosure — completely failed.)

So give this one a try, either straight or with a buddy. At the very least, you’re in for a good morning jostle.


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  Solstice Tea Traders
Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

English Breakfast Tea from Steeped Tea

I’ve been getting into teas from Steeped Tea lately just to see what it was all about and today I’m sharing my experiences with you on English Breakfast Tea from Steeped Tea.

English Breakfast Tea from Steeped Tea is your standard but sturdy English Breakfast Tea.  Traditionally served with milk – I rebel and drink it straight-up as I drink ALL of my teas.

This specific offering isn’t much for aroma once infused.  It smells like your run-of-the-mill black tea.  But I have to say if you are looking for a strong based black tea then English Breakfast Tea from Steeped Tea is one that may impress you!  English Breakfast Tea from Steeped Tea is dark in color and strong in flavor once in your cup awaiting for you to sip.  It’s has notes of dark cocoa powder underneath.  It’s a bit astringent but I can handle it and actually prefer it in this specific tea.  It does leave a dark lingering aftertaste but it’s welcomed.

I did like this dark cup of English Breakfast Tea from Steeped Tea and I’m looking forward to trying more from them.  I have tried a few I really like and a few I probably wouldn’t order again but I’m sure that is why they have so many different offerings – to please the masses!  That is what intrigues me about this specific company – some of their unique flavors.


SteepedTeaLogoHere’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Steeped Tea
Description: This classic breakfast tea is fresh, full and flavorful. Traditionally served with milk.
Ingredients: Black tea.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Canadian Breakfast from Blue Hour Tea

I have a few personal connections to Canada! My Great Grandfather was born in Canada and I was born and raised in Western New York which is just a hop/skip from the border. I still have my Buffaloian Accent that I can’t shake and many people ask if I am Canadian. That makes me SMILE. I have always LOVED Canada! So today I’m featuring Canadian Breakfast from Blue Hour Tea!

Canadian Breakfast from Blue Hour Tea is their own take on English Breakfast Tea. It’s a blend of black teas from India, China, and Sri Lanka. They add a few Calendula flowers for color, too!

I found Canadian Breakfast from Blue Hour Tea to be of a well-rounded, medium-strength black tea that made for easy sipping while tasting great! There were faint sweet specks of flavoring trying to hide as well. I REALLY REALLY like this tea for anytime of day! Canadian Breakfast from Blue Hour Tea receives two YUMS up from me!

Keep an eye out! We will be having a Blue Hour Tea Giveaway Posted Later This Week!


Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: Blue Hour Tea

logoDescription

This is our take on the classic English Breakfast tea. Canadian Breakfast is a delicious and full bodied blend of Indian, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Chinese black teas with a few Calendula flowers for colour. This breakfast blend has a balanced flavour and is excellent with milk but is also enjoyable without any additions. It makes a great tea for breakfast and also works well when paired with scones and finger sandwiches.

Learn even more about this tea and tea company here!

Snowflake Kenyan Earth from Williamson Tea

Snowflake-570x700Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy: Williamson Tea

Tea Description:

Our take on the classic English Breakfast. Kenyan Earth is named after the coppery red soils that symbolize Kenya and this bright, brisk cup of tea. Grown on the high altitude slopes of Kapchorua and picked in the early morning sunshine our Kenyan Earth is an awakening, full bodied liquor that stimulates the body and mind.

Learn more about this tea here. 

Taster’s Review:

Before you read my review. You have to take a look at the tea tin this tea comes in. That tin is gorgeous! Makes me want to place several orders for the tins alone. Not sure what I would do with them but who cares, they are stunning 🙂

Ok, the tea geek out is over and we can move on to the tea itself. Ha!

Williamson Tea is a tea I’ve never tried before. I’ve see and heard other reviews and pictures of their tea before but I just haven’t ever ordered from them. I have a feeling that is soon to change.

This particular Snowflake Kenyan Earth tea that I tried was tea bagged form and I have to say, you could see some pretty huge tea leaves hanging out in each tea pyramid.  The tea itself has a nice sweetened aroma which I found a little difference since this is supposed to be a breakfast tea.  Typically those tend to be a bit more malty and astringent.

Brewed this up with water freshly boiled and allowed the tea to sit a tad too long, totally my bad, multi-tasking failed me! But after what I’m guessing was about a 7 minute steep, I took my first sip.

For being  a tea that I oversteeped, you really couldn’t tell at all! This tea was delicious at all fronts. Malty and rich with a slightly earth flavor here and there.  This is the kind of tea that kicks your taste buds into gear!  So rich and indulging.  The tea was on the point of asking for a touch of cream or milk to really drink it proper.   Towards the end while it cooled and became astringent (drink this one up hot if you don’t like astringent teas), there seemed to be a need for sweetening but wow. What a lovely tea to really give me a change of pace from the flavored teas I have been drinking. I’m not sure where that sweetness was coming from when I first checked the tea out but I have to say, this cuppa was just fantastic.

This is the kind of tea you want to greet you first thing in the morning!