English Breakfast- HT Blend

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Black Tea
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Sipdown - just finished off a tin of this. It's been convenient having the teabags at the office but I don't think I need to repurchase this again. The tin is quite pretty and I'll be keeping it.” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2305 tasting notes
  • “There is a lot to be said about this tea. First off it's NOT Harney & Sons regular English Breakfast. Instead of a stereotypical IN YOUR FACE english breakfast taste, this blend offers something...” Read full tasting note
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    Donkeytiara 112 tasting notes
  • “Apparently not to be confused with the gold/black tinned "English Breakfast" tea from Harney and Sons, this one is in a silver tin and is labeled as "HT Blend" on both the tin and their web site...” Read full tasting note
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    shotwell 37 tasting notes
  • “Beautiful English Breakfast. Smooth and mellow with a lovely body. Normally I'm an Earl Grey gal, but this definitely growing on me.” Read full tasting note
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    Starfish 86 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

This full-bodied yet mellow tea is a great way to start each day. We have chosen Kenya and Kenilworth for this blend. The golden tips of Kenyan Milima are reminiscent of Assam and the bold leaves of Ceylon’s Kenilworth are very mellow.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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2305 tasting notes

Sipdown – just finished off a tin of this. It’s been convenient having the teabags at the office but I don’t think I need to repurchase this again. The tin is quite pretty and I’ll be keeping it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Anna

(Love the tin.)

SimplyJenW

I have that tin, too. The tea is long gone and I didn’t buy more, either!

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112 tasting notes

There is a lot to be said about this tea. First off it’s NOT Harney & Sons regular English Breakfast. Instead of a stereotypical IN YOUR FACE english breakfast taste, this blend offers something brisk but smooth. I am a fan of African teas and the lovely things they bring to my mouth. They are smooth, have a gorgeous body and a warm toasty/malt flavor. So I was thrilled to see that Harney had used African tea in several of their blends. I was not disappointed by this tea and I had high expectations. With milk and honey it is creamy, relaxing and yet still carries the vigor of what English Breakfast tea drinkers expect. I will buy again. And yes, the tin is lovely!!

donkeytiara

UPDATE: this is the same tea as Harney & Sons’ Royal English Breakfast and Big Red Sun. I just confirmed it with them. SO, if you have one of these 3 teas, you actually have them all. Save some money and try something of theirs that is truly different….like their Fresian…. they have lovely tea, but it was nice to know this prior to me making an order for Big Red Sun!

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37 tasting notes

Apparently not to be confused with the gold/black tinned “English Breakfast” tea from Harney and Sons, this one is in a silver tin and is labeled as “HT Blend” on both the tin and their web site and is different from the gold/black tin which is 100% Keemun. The silver HT tin says it is a blend of Ceylon and African teas.

Steeped this for quite a long time – 5 minutes or more – after which it became more tannic. However, even at 4-5 minutes the tea is not as strong as some other English Breakfast teas I have tried. It’s quite good, though, and I love the nice tin it comes in and the high-quality pyramid sachets. However, I have now seen this on the web for between $5-$6 (US), but I bought it at a Biggby Coffee shop for $9.99… clearly marked up more than it might be at a grocery store or online shop. I would say that I prefer Twining’s English Breakfast Tea over this tea, but I like my tea relatively strong with milk/creamer and sugar/Splenda.

Overall on my scale of common English Breakfast Teas I have tried, I would rank this somewhere between Republic of Tea and Stash at the bottom end of the scale, and Twining’s at the upper end of the scale.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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86 tasting notes

Beautiful English Breakfast. Smooth and mellow with a lovely body. Normally I’m an Earl Grey gal, but this definitely growing on me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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10 tasting notes

I adore this tea. I have been drinking English Breakfast with my father since I was 8 years old, and it remains a fast favourite, even though I drink flavoured tea more often. I got a tin of this tea for Christmas (2011) and by the beginning of the next February, I am down to two tea bags. I think it is because this version of English Breakfast is creamier than others, which have an earthier flavour. I love it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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332 tasting notes

I received a bunch of these sachets from EvaGrimm in our recent swap. Thank you!

I have 2 left. Only 2. I have been drinking this not stop at work since it showed up in the mail. I haven’t really tried too many “breakfast” blends and I also hadn’t really used too many of H&S sachets. For a quick, kick in the butt/slap in the face cup of tea in the morning this has been perfect. No hassle at work with the loose leaf. It is a bold, brisk, strong cup and is vary predictable and stands up well to temperature and me forgetting I am steeping tea. I am not 100% sold on this blend. I think these few cups will launch me into an H&S black blend trying experiment. Thanks again EvaGrimm for sharing these cups.

boychik

Loose version is so much better. Like different tea

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868 tasting notes

Annoyingly, I just lost a lengthy tasting note relaying this afternoon’s steep-off chez sherapop between Harney & Sons English Breakfast and Mighty Leaf Organic English Breakfast. I’ll try to reconstruct what I wrote.

My first observation was that the tea in the Harney & Sons sachet was ever-so-slightly darker than in the Mighty Leaf sachet. Both smell like classic English Breakfast, with a hefty dose of Assam—or reasonable facsimile. Harney & Sons has used Kenyan Milima in place of Indian Assam. Not sure what Mighty Leaf is using. Perhaps it is just good old-fashioned Assam! The lighter coloring of some of the tips in the Mighty Leaf sachet leads me to suspect that they may be using more Ceylon or some other tea lighter than Assam as the mixer. I believe that Keemun is often used.

The brew of the Harney & Sons was slightly darker than the Mighty Leaf liquor—also dark amber. The scent was characteristically English Breakfast. I cannot smell or drink English Breakfast tea without thinking of Tazo Awake—no doubt because I consumed so much of it in the past.

As far as the taste is concerned, I began thinking that I preferred the Mighty Leaf. Then it seemed that I preferred the Harney & Sons. Basically I seemed to go back and forth from sip to sip! I mistakenly added cream before starting the sip-off, so probably I’ll need to do another steep-off in order to determine the winner in this case!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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8 tasting notes

Good Stuff. I made a Tall Cup (16oz tumbler, 2 satchet) and it was slightly much, but good flavor all around.

Update: Added a bit of sugar and it lessens the stomach weight.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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This English Breakfast seems to be a different blend than Harney’s English Breakfast that is a 100% Keemun. The tin says it is a blend of Ceylon and African Tea. I will have to compare this one to the other at some point, but I find it a relaxing cuppa. I wish I had a greater knowledge of what makes an English Breakfast tea great. I should probably get some of the standard ones before I really make a judgement. I would buy this again…unless I like the Keemun version better.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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