David's Organic Breakfast

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 13 oz / 375 ml

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It’ll change your life

This is the kind of tea that puts you in a great mood, inspires harmonious relationships and makes you outrageously productive. How did we do it? First we selected our favourite organic and biodynamic black teas from Yunnan, Assam and Darjeeling. And then we sipped different variations until we’d created the ultimate balance. Could there be a better way to start your day? (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Organic black tea from China (Yunnan) and India (Fair Trade Certified Darjeeling and Fair Trade Certified Assam).

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145 tasting notes

I wanted something familiar yet new this morning, so I went with this, the only sample from the advent calendar that I never got around to trying.
Well, I like it. It’s far smokier than the other “breakfast” blends I’ve tried. I would even compare it to a yerba mate. It feels substantial and bold and makes me want to get things done :)

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110 tasting notes

Now this tasted smoother than the Yunnan tea from Tea Trekker that I had this morning. Hmmmm….

Very decent basic black tea blend. Missing something for me, though.

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I had been craving something like bagged orange pekoe but with a bit cleaner flavour (I often find bagged teas a bit “muddy”) I tried this one from my conisseur collection and it was perfect! Going to be rebuying a little bit for those days when I just want something familiar from my childhood.

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318 tasting notes

It’s a breakfast tea. It’s very pretty clear, light orangey-brown, and it smells like your typical “American black tea.” (I know David’s Tea is Canadian. I’m just saying.) Fairly light on the taste, with a tiny bit of astringency. I can definitely taste the Assam in this. It’s gets creamy and smooth with a splash of milk, but it doesn’t need sugar.

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141 tasting notes

Day 8 of the advent calendar :) I decided to have this tea this morning… as the name indicates . I think it is a good basic black tea. I love the taste. It tastes good with milk. I would buy this later on. I have 25g of it.

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I didn’t get to open my tea advent calendar until nearly 3 in the afternoon today, having been out of the house from within half an hour of my awakening just short of 2pm. Upon finding a breakfast tea behind the door, I promptly wondered aloud if I was allowed to drink breakfast teas after breakfast time.

I was promptly answered with “no”.

I decided, however, to be a rebel and drank it anyways.

This is the first straight tea that I’ve had the chance to review so far. (It only took me around 1/125 of the way to make it to one!) Straight teas are very interesting to review, in my opinion, because the lack of flavouring means you get to concentrate on just how the tea alone tastes. You may think that black tea is black tea is black tea and green tea is green tea is green tea and so on and so forth, but that’s not true at all. Even the little bit of experimentation I’ve done in the past has definitely shown me first-hand how different one can be from another. The method in which the tea is processed, how it’s finished, where it’s from, and several other factors really allow for a large variety of flavours to come out of different varieties and blends of teas that fall under the same general category (such as “black tea”).

Of course, as you’ll see, in order to best describe these different teas, I may need to work on my vocabulary a bit, but that’s a task I shall indeed relish!

Steeped: 1tbsp in my 2-cup pot. Brewed with freshly boiled water.

First Cup: Steeped 5 minutes. Clear.
One easy way to tell that I need to expand my vocabulary: I’m having problems describing the taste of this black tea in ways that go far beyond tea-y, but I’ll do my best. Although the brewing time is well within the suggested time limit, I’m still finding it a little bitter. There’s a bit of strength to it, which I like, but there is a bit of an off-putting bitterness. I assume it would taste better with milk and/or sugar… which is more or less the standard way to drink a good breakfast tea, in my humble opinion. (That being said, the best black teas can be really enjoyed clear, and I’ve had a few which I’d never put anything in.) It’s enjoyable as it cools, with a bit of a flowery taste.

Second cup: Same steep. Steeped approx 1 hour. Added milk.
Ok, I got majorly sidetracked between cup 1 and cup 2. But such is life, and I’m glad to have my second cup now. I’m really noticing the earthy and slightly floral scent of the tea. The bitterness is very much cut by the milk, though it still could do with a bit of sweetness. However, I think it would be better paired with something sweet rather than have the sweetness directly added. Just a hunch.

Third cup: Resteep. Steeped 10 minutes. Clear.
I think I like the milder resteep better than the original steep in all honesty, at least as far as flavour depth goes. Although there’s some bitterness to the scent, there’s not much in the taste at all. The tea is milder overall, but the distinctive flavour still really comes through.

Fourth cup: Same resteep. Steeped for around an hour (again). Clear.
Despite the long steep, due to it being a resteep, it’s really not that bitter. Actually, the flavour is strong, but less powerful than the initial steep, making it really enjoyable despite (or even due to) the long steep time.

I’m actually tempted to try a third steep and see how that works out, but I don’t think I could handle it right now, so leaving it at two steeps it is.

Overall impression: Not bad. Not the greatest cup of black tea that I’ve ever had, but I can see this being good in the morning as well. I wish it were a little less bitter, but I think that paired with something sweet like a pastry (this and a Danish? mmmm…), it would be perfect. Especially with a bit of milk in the tea itself to cut the bitterness.
As I said, my ideal cup of black tea would not require any milk to be at its best, so for me, this one is out for that purpose, but I can still see it holding up quite well in the right context for sure.

My rating: 75. B. Not a bad breakfast tea, but not the ideal cup of black tea either.

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28 tasting notes

Definitely good, but nothing special about it Just a simple black tea. Probably not the first I would recommend to anyone I was trying to make fall in love with the company!!


It makes the perfect iced tea: steep, add sweetener + lemon, then ice! So good.


Cool, thanks for the tip!

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254 tasting notes

This does not feel complex enough, given the blend of black teas. It is quite smooth, with various levels of tastes and textures, but not broad enough. Maybe it needed another minute to steep.

It isn’t as strong as I would have hoped this breakfast blend would be, as most English Breakfast teas tend to require milk for their bite.

It is also surprisingly pale, with a soft bitter after taste, which I can’t help but contemplate the quality of leaves in this blend.

Nonetheless, taken straight and black, it awakened me from a potentially cold/flu filled morning, and that is satisfactory enough.

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442 tasting notes

According to the copy from David’s, this tea should change my life. I don’t really see that happening, although maybe that’s because I was drinking a breakfast tea at ten at night. That really shouldn’t affect life changing powers, should it?

I found this one to be a pretty standard black breakfast tea. Nothing stood out to me, and I don’t see myself reaching for it regularly. I did end up adding milk and sugar to it for me to truly enjoy the cup, something I haven’t had to do with many of the blacks I’ve tried lately from David’s. Guess this one really wasn’t the best blend for me. I was really hoping it’d change my life, too. Darn it!

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270 tasting notes

From English Breakfast yesterday to Davids Organic Breakfast today; I seem to be in the mood for straight black morning teas lately. Nothing wrong with that, though. :)
This tea, though, seems a little metallic, and not quite on the mark on its own.
I have a theory of why that wouldn’t actually be the tea’s fault, but… I actually do think it might just be the tea. In which case… oh well. You can’t win every time, and it’s probably just dandy with milk.

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