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After a string of disappointing tastings from Teavana, it’s time to try something that should be relatively easy: English breakfast. Blend a few fine black teas together and ensure they are energetic and tasty in combination. Easy right? Ehh, not so fast.

My first reaction to sipping this tea is: salty. Now, I know there is no salt in this, but that is what my tongue says. On continued sips, I refine that opinion and would rather say that there is a particular bitterness present. A wrongful bitterness. An unpleasant bitterness. A bitterness that derives from poor quality tea. This tea simply tastes old and of low quality. I have cheap tea-bag English breakfast sitting in the kitchen that is many times better than this. While I probably could finish the pot if forced, it’s not worth the stress and agony. Time to dump out the rest of this debacle by Teavana and brew up something else that is yummy.

If you want to start your day off right, avoid this bitter failure.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Autumn Hearth

Unfortunately this may be intentional on Teavana’s part, so they can upgrade their customers to a $15-20 black tea. However I don’t care much for English Breakfast in general, so I can only speculate.

bravedave

You may be right. My experience thus far with Teavana hasn’t been good. I first off think their teas are overpriced. Secondly, of the 5 or so teas I’ve tried, they have been mediocre to poor.

Joz

I agree with bravedave’s tasting notes – “cheap” was the word that came to my mind too when I first drank this. And I think Autumn may be on to something – this English Breakfast IS one of the cheapest teas and they are definitely driving people to buy the more expensive teas.

shotwell

Agree with the comments about a mediocre, less-expensive tea and the desire to get customers to “upgrade” to a better blend. Wish they just charged a little more for this and made it a better tea, instead of seemingly using it to prove how low-quality the cheaper teas are.

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Autumn Hearth

Unfortunately this may be intentional on Teavana’s part, so they can upgrade their customers to a $15-20 black tea. However I don’t care much for English Breakfast in general, so I can only speculate.

bravedave

You may be right. My experience thus far with Teavana hasn’t been good. I first off think their teas are overpriced. Secondly, of the 5 or so teas I’ve tried, they have been mediocre to poor.

Joz

I agree with bravedave’s tasting notes – “cheap” was the word that came to my mind too when I first drank this. And I think Autumn may be on to something – this English Breakfast IS one of the cheapest teas and they are definitely driving people to buy the more expensive teas.

shotwell

Agree with the comments about a mediocre, less-expensive tea and the desire to get customers to “upgrade” to a better blend. Wish they just charged a little more for this and made it a better tea, instead of seemingly using it to prove how low-quality the cheaper teas are.

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