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Black blended teas as Earl Grey can often be very good when one is living in a country full of green teas. Being in Japan at the moment, this is what passed through my mind when I bought this tea. (The box itself is a little bit different than the one on the picture, though.)
The taste is certainly better than the “average” Earl Grey I sometimes have here, but not much better. However, it makes a good dark colour in the cup and is less bitter and more round in flavour than I thought it would be.
A nice cup of tea to enjoy in the morning or in the afternoon.
Awhile ago my husband came home with a gift for me from his boss, it was the Trio from st. James products, They were sooooo cute, they look like little buses and one thats a map. They are in cute lil containers, it took me a while to get try them but OMG when i did, it was like a wave from good tasting!! I couldn’t believe how yummy it was and i was just letting it waste away in my cupboard!! but unfortunately he bought it from London. I am far away from London like Ontario Canada. but then i thought, hey the internet should have a way of getting it too me!! oh thank god the internet is everywhere! it makes getting and ordering items that much easier!!
I love the English Breakfast Tea!!! and I want more!! L
Ahh yes! The plot thickens! So in my quest to purchase another container of St. James Tea, I discovered that St. James is just a wholesale distributer that gets their breakfast tea from a tea blender by the name of Keith Spicer Ltd. www.keith-spicer.co.uk I noticed it at the bottom of the St. James Teas web page. After visiting Kieth Spicer Ltd.‘s website I saw that Ashby’s of London is another tea retailer. I’m going to try Ashby’s Breakfast Blend tea to see if it tastes the same as the St. James. When I love a tea, I’m willing to get all Sherlock Holmes with it to keep my cupboards nicely stocked. “Watson, I do believe we are on to something…”
As most of us might already know, most of the tea cultivated on planet earth are sold by wholesale distributors to retailers of every shape and sort. As a consumer, I feel like sometimes I have to go on a 007 recon mission to find the origin of a tea I like. What happens if the retailer of my favorite tea goes belly up, and I think I’ll never be able to buy my favorite tea again? Unbeknownst to me, that retailer repackaged my same favorite tea and resold it under a creative name making it seem like it was distinctly their own? If I can find out the wholesale distributor, I feel like I’ve lengthened the buying life of a dearly loved tea blend as a consumer. I still have to buy from a retailer, but if they go out of business, I can just search for another retailer instead of falsely mourning the death of my favorite tea. So here it is. English Breakfast tea, an unknown blend of teas in tea bags distributed by St. James Teas and repackaged in a pretty tin by the London Transport Museum and titled, “London Underground” English Breakfast tea. Is this tea out of this world? Nope, but let me tell you, for as much as I push for loose leaf tea, this pre-bagged one is currently doing the job while I am caring for my mom in the hospital during Thanksgiving week. I still boil the water, and take an oversized mug and gauge about 2 cups worth of water over two tea bags. It makes a nice strong breakfast tea with a very dark coppery color, with no bitter taste. For me whole milk and sugar are required. The taste is what I would expect of a “right in the pocket” authentic english breakfast tea. No surprises, no fancy updates. A blended taste that has been standardized and has withstood the test of time in tea years.