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drank Breakfast Blend by Samovar
237 tasting notes

Now it’s time to start digging into my Samovar black tea sampler pack, and no better place to start on a rainy Monday morning than with their Breakfast Blend. The dry leaf has a nice appearance, with visible golden tips mixed in.

Four minutes in just boiled water and I’ve got a medium-dark brown liquor that has a typical black tea scent with hints of malt and spice. The taste is good – it is brisk, i.e. just the right amount of astringency, and there are peppery/spicy notes that remind me a little of Golden Moon’s Sinharaja, though not as pronounced. This tea is tasty straight up, and with cream and sugar it’s a nice, comforting way to get going at the beginning of the week.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!

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