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New Zealand Breakfast

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Edit tea info Last updated by Miss Sweet
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Another Lovely selection from Miss Sweet and I must say I AM LOVING THIS!!!! I think this is the first New Zealand Breakfast I have ever had. The color is EXTREMELY Dark. The taste is bold and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “This is my current breakfast tea favourite! The Assam tea base is delightfully smooth and I can quite easily (and surprisngly) drink this without milk. The addition of manuka leaf makes this blend...” Read full tasting note
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  • “*“What’s in your cup?”* This morning, courtesy of *John & Amanda of t leaf T*, I brewed *New Zealand Breakfast* Western style: 8 oz / 1 tsp (2.5g) / 212*F / 2-5 min. without sweeteners, milk, or...” Read full tasting note
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From t Leaf T

Natural New Zealand Manuka blends perfectly with strong assam tea to make a special blend ideal for the morning and afternoon. Milk and sugar can be added to enhance the rich malt and slightly pine flavours.

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Another Lovely selection from Miss Sweet and I must say I AM LOVING THIS!!!! I think this is the first New Zealand Breakfast I have ever had.

The color is EXTREMELY Dark. The taste is bold and malty. I like the word Miss Sweet used in her review…MALTYLICIOUS! :)

I can also taste the pine-like comparison and am surprised yet delighted with the outcome of the flavor.

This is the perfect morning cup! And New Zealand should be proud of this little gem!

Janni

I’m totally adding this to my shopping list. I need some of this. I like some lighter teas, but I think my heart will always belong to black teas.

TeaEqualsBliss

I guess another reason I like it is because there is really only so much English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Russian Breakfast, etc I can do before they all start tasting like a typical ‘breakfast’ – LOVED that this was a New Zealand Breakfast! It was bold but different!

Janni

LOL. That should be the country’s motto, “Bold – but different!” XD

TeaEqualsBliss

Ahhhh…I’d love to travel there someday! :)

Miss Sweet

I totally agree with your comment about typical breakfast teas – its nice to have something a bit different, and uniquely New Zealand!

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This is my current breakfast tea favourite! The Assam tea base is delightfully smooth and I can quite easily (and surprisngly) drink this without milk. The addition of manuka leaf makes this blend even more maltylicious than Malty Breakfast Blend – shocking I know. I can’t decide if it is best paired with Eggs Benedict for brunch, or with a large helping of cinnamon cookies fresh out of the oven…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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“What’s in your cup?”
This morning, courtesy of John & Amanda of t leaf T, I brewed New Zealand Breakfast Western style: 8 oz / 1 tsp (2.5g) / 212*F / 2-5 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Introduction: My wife loves Earl Grey and t leaf T has a large selection of it: https://www.tleaft.co.nz/catalogsearch/result/?q=earl+grey. When I requested samples, this Assam caught my eye. Who doesn’t love a good malty Assam for breakfast? Where else, could I possibly find a true NZ Breakfast tea?

From t leaf T:
“Natural New Zealand Manuka blends perfectly with strong assam tea to make a special blend ideal for the morning and afternoon.”
http://www.tleaft.co.nz/black-tea-blends-1/new-zealand-breakfast-black-tea.html

For those of us from the “up above” (as opposed to the “down under”) you might be asking yourself: ”So what the hell is Manuka?”

1. Images & description: http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/table-1/manuka.html

2. It turns out that NZ Manuka flowers appear to be very popular for making honey: http://nzmanukadirect.com/

3. Manuka is also known as the Tea Tree:
“The English common name is derived from the fact that early white settlers did occasionally make infusions of tea from the leaves, which are aromatic.”
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/1966/manuka-tea-tree

4. “The leaves contain Leptospermone, an antibiotic agent.”… “The oil extracted contains 120 elements and can be utilised medicinally.” … “This research has validated the claims made for this product with the Therapeutics Section of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.” http://www.purangi.co.nz/estate/tea/manuka.html

5. Manuka is also popular in NZ travel, tourism, & hunting vacations:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g311324-d1440422-Reviews-Manuka_Lodge-Ohakune_North_Island.html
Great Barrier Island: http://www.manukalodge.co.nz/
New Zealand Hunting Safaris: http://www.manukapoint.com/new%20site/Home

And I’ve probably just scratched the surface! Who knew!

Leaf: Two kinds of Assam, 1.) twisted, short, dark chocolate brown, 2.) dark chocolate brown CTC granules, plus light green Manuka leaves
Fragrance: Moderately strong aromatic evergreen / pine
Liquor: Clear amber brown
Aroma: Moderately strong evergreen / pine
Flavor: Malty, aromatic evergreen / pine

2-min.: Medium-bodied, I then let it steep an additional min.

3-min.: Not quite, another min.

4-min.: A rich, smooth, full-bodied, malty Assam with the added flavor of aromatic Manuka, which is felt in the back of the palate in the 2nd half of the sip. There was no hint of bitterness or astringency.

Re-Steeping:
5-min: Not yet.
8-min: Medium bodied & enjoyable. The Manuka flavor is now less pronounced & is now mildly aromatic.

Impression: A truly unique and enjoyable breakfast Assam, especially those looking for a “down under” adventure.

Thanks to John & Amanda of t leaf T for their gracious sample of this very fine New Zealand Breakfast Assam.

Method:
RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/39532-puregen-aptera-alkamag-water-filter
http://steepster.com/teaware/teavana/39311-perfect-tea-spoon
http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/37731-my-weigh-durascale-d2-660-digital-scale
Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket http://steepster.com/teas/teaware/29177-finum-brewing-basket.
http://steepster.com/teas/davidstea/36677-thermometer-and-timer

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Very interresting!

Terri HarpLady

Back when I ran a food coop, we got Manuka Honey a time or 2. I’ve used tea tree oil over the years for various purposes, but I’ve never considered the idea of putting anything like that in my tea. I wonder if they really drink it that way in NZ, or if it’s just a novel sale ploy?
:)

Terri HarpLady

(sorry, always the cynic)

looseTman

TheTeaFairy – Thanks!

Terri HarpLady – Perhaps Miss Sweet may know as she’s from NZ.
http://steepster.com/teas/t-leaf-t/3534-new-zealand-breakfast
http://steepster.com/amber

yyz

Interesting they must have had to carefully balance it. I could see tea tree becoming overpowering really quickly.

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