English Breakfast

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From Whittard of Chelsea

The most popular House blend. It is rich, strong, fresh tasting, with good color and flavor. It contains Ceylon for flavour, Assam for strength, and Kenya for colour.

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2049 tasting notes

Note: I am drinking the loose leaf version.

I am really, really eager to try the Afternoon Tea in this set with jasmine and bergamot, but I wanted to dip some gingerbread almond biscotti in my tea this morning, and that really calls for unflavored tea to me. I opted for this one and braced myself for the first sip because it says, “Strong, Traditional” on the front of the beautiful little green and gold tin that I doubt I will ever part with because it is so beautiful.

The color in the cup did not lie. I made this in a small glass teapot and saw that it was a medium color with great clarity, though not too pale. I am a little afraid of some assam teas and I figured there would surely be some in this blend (and there is) but it isn’t harsh at all. I made a resteep because I hadn’t finished my biscotti and it was a little paler, not quite as strong, but still very enjoyable.

This is a good all around tea, easily drunk without milk or sugar, tasty for dipping biscotti or tea biscuits, and perfect for when you are not craving a particular tea or flavor and want an easy choice. Very nice!


Gingerbread almond biscotti sounds amazing!


Oh man, does it ever.


They are quite good, and I only find them near Christmas. I need to go buy some extras to hoard!

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1760 tasting notes

I got several bags of this tea from a friend who lives over in England. It was supposed to arrive for X-mas, but Canada Post apparently backlogged all of its incomming deliveries.

The colour, when I add milk, is quite unique – it’s the exact colour of butterscotch, or maybe of creamy peanut butter. Maybe that’s the Kenyan tea they added ‘for colour’?

The tea is quite full-bodied and the tastes makes me think of toast, which seems quite appropriate all things considered. ;)

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I’m crossing my fingers that my swap letter for you should be arriving soonishly too, then!


Mmmm….this sounds good.

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118 tasting notes

The bagged version of this is what I’ve taken to drinking at my in-laws’ house. It’s rather old (best before date was 18 months ago), but it’s still better than Twinings Everyday!

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14 tasting notes

This is a good tea for something easy to pop in the water and hit the road with. You get a lot of caffeine, and a flavor that’s not too bitter like tea bags tend to be. benefits from a little cream and honey.

It has a boldness of flavor which can be nice in the morning but which I tend to avoid.
The liqueur is dark reddish and inky. It will stain your teeth, the glass, and your newly pressed white shirt. It will make your breathe smell like a compost heap. You could say that all teas do this to some extent, which is true, but Whittard’s breakfast blend seems to excel in “most like ink” category.

180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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79 tasting notes

I don’t think I steeped this longer than two minutes but this preparation came out really bitter. Still decent, but a little bracing.

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206 tasting notes

Took this one to class with me this morning for my finals review sessions. This is another one of those teas that is so simple but a staple tea. One to go to if your indecisive. Loved it black and also loved it with a little honey. Got me through the morning and I love it. Thank you Shelley_Lorraine for this mystery sample. I will definitely keep this one as a morning go to:)


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13 tasting notes

Pretty solid everyday tea for the price. I find it has hints of tobacco in a good way and is worth having this on hand for those who like strong black tea.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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187 tasting notes

I got this in a pack that also contained the ‘Whittard Original’ blend. I prefer the other one because there is more flavour to it, and I think more assam, which is a sure-fire way of keeping it interesting.

So this is a bit of a disappointment really. Maybe I just set my hopes too high

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30 tasting notes

I Use a big Tea spoon to put my leaves inside
And steep it. After I poor a little milk and
This tea tastes refreshing in the morning.

4 min, 15 sec

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73 tasting notes

Nice, strong cup of black tea.Very good with milk, and the Assam gives it a nice jolt without being too overpowering.

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