Dorchester Breakfast

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From Harney & Sons

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We are proud to be the tea suppliers to the hotel that won the UK Tea Council’s Top London Afternoon Tea Award for 2007: The Dorchester Hotel. This is an English-style English Breakfast tea; strong and made to be drunk with milk and sugar.
50 Sachets in a bulk bag
Each sachet brews a 12oz cup of tea

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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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251 tasting notes

Sipdown! I enjoyed this blend as a nice wake-up. I was excited to try it initially and thought it might be THE breakfast tea. Although it does take the cake over H & S classics like their straight English Breakfast in terms of strength, balance, and flavor, I still prefer Scottish Morn over both. Glad I was able to try it though and it is a very nice British-style tea.

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I really want to try Scottish Morn now!


If you like strong teas, then it is yum! :)

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A very finely chopped CTC. It’s a really good breakfast blend though. Sweet and richly flavored. Malty. Not as earthy in the flavor as the aroma might suggest. This has that wonderful bakey-cakey kind of taste to it, the kind of flavor that you want in a breakfast blend.

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Many thanks to Harney and Sons and their fabulous customer service! I wanted my daughter to try this as a replacement for her breakfast tea that we are having trouble finding, and this doesn’t come in a sample – just a 50 count sachet bag. I added the note “Do you have a sample of Dorchester Breakfast?” at the bottom of my internet order, and when my order arrived they had sent a loose leaf pouch of this at no charge!This is a very good breakfast tea if you like modern-British style breakfast teas as opposed to the earlier pure keemuns or smokey Dutch teas. It is most decidely made to be taken with milk and sugar. It is more astringent than the teas I usually drink, but the addition of milk smooths it out completely. This is a true eye-opening breakfast cup! I agree that you can compare it to PG Tips that grew up in a better boarding school. All that said, I still prefer English Breakfast 100% keemun, Queen Catherine, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast (yum!) for my breakfast teas.

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I love Harney! I was looking for loose Midsummer’s Peach in less than one pound amounts. My online inquiry was forwarded to the Millerton shop, and they can send amounts of loose tea over 2 ounces. I am just thrilled! There is a shipping fee, and I have no idea at the cost per ounce, but I am planning on giving it a shot next week.


Glad to hear that they’ve provided you with such good service..they could do with a little redeeming. : )


Wow! That is fantastic news about the Millerton store because there are a few teas I would love to get loose leaf but don’t necessarily want a whole pound, and online that is the only way they are listed.
My tea usually gets here in three days, and they often include free samples. I have seen Mike Harney do special sizes twice – once for a guy who wanted 50 count bags of green tea sachets, once for me when I requested a larger tin of Florence, AND he made Tower of London available after I begged shamelessly for 6 months. :)

They will sell you the “baby” tins for 60 cents each (empty), and those are great for giving samples to friends or for keeping small amounts of tea at hand.


Uniquity – that is terrible that you had shipping issues! You are in Canada, did it just take a really long time to arrive or is the shipping cost prohibitive?


For my own experience (which wasn’t that bad, but very annoying) it was a combo of cost and time. If I am going to pay the 7 or 8 dollars (I think it was in that range) to get it here, I don’t expect to wait a month for it, especially if over one week of that time, nothing was being put together on my order. Ladykittykatt (another Canadian) has also chronicled her Harney shipping woes on Steepster, though in her case she ended up cancelling the order after 2 + plus weeks waiting for it to even be shipped. I have heard many rave reviews about the tea and the customer service though (within the US) and I am glad for that…but I think that if it’s such a hassle to ship outside of the US, maybe they shouldn’t do it!

On the flip side, I love my vanilla comoro and I have a selection of their blacks being graciously sent to me by SimplyJenW, so they do the tea right, and that’s important too!


I understand that must be frustrating! I am fortunate that I have a couple of friends who like their tea and we put our order all together and we always qualify for free shipping. If I order by Wednesday night, I am drinking my tea by Saturday afternoon most of the time. I hope you get to enjoy some great tea from SimplyJenW!

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612 tasting notes

CTC with the vaguely Grape Nuts-y smell of Grandpa’s Anytime Tea. Less complex (to be expected), not as much fruit but still full of flavor. With milk this is lovely. Someone else here said it’s like PG Tips that grew up at a better boarding school, which made me chuckle and is a great way of putting it.

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54 tasting notes

Nice hardy tea for the morning or throughout the day for a nice little pick-me-up!

All comparisons for this tea are up against the more “crude” characteristics of Lipton’s Brisk Tea.

Aroma: A lively but delicate aroma of Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling and Sri Lanka. This tea smells lively without the “zingy” tannins that tweak the nose.

Taste: Same as aroma. This tea is complex and yet simultaneously delicate; it’s awakening and yet again, smooth. Adjectives: Awakening, complex, delicate [nice on the palate, but can hold it’s own], smooth, sprightly and mouth filling without the heaviness. Bigger and more complex than an Yunnan but more gentlemanly and urbane than the “crude” Lipton Brisk Tea.

Aftertaste: It leaves an impression on one’s palate like a haunting tune [Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”]. It is mouth-filling without being heavy. The after effects of an Assam and Darjeeling [hardier than a Ceylon or Sri Lanka] than a softer linger of more delicate teas.

A nice tea to have in one’s collection; something to be pulled-out for guests for a nice afternoon tea, not so much for a morning jolt. Save the Lipton Brisk Tea for the morning as a kick-start for waking up.

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hey ru06, I’ve noticed under your profile that you only drink Harney & Sons tea, why not try other brands? Zhena’s Gypsy Tea and Steven Smith Teamaker are a couple of excellent brands to try…hmmm?

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this english breakfast blend has the briskness and body one would expect with a sachet of PG tips, but an elegant aroma and finish that outclasses the english standard – bravo!

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14 tasting notes

I love black tea and this tea was ok in my opinion. I found it quite astringent and lacking flavor when I drank it plain, and when I added milk to knock down some of the astringency I felt like it had even less flavor. I honestly don’t think I’d buy it over something like Yorkshire Gold. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t excite me either.

Flavors: Malt

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