In full disclosure I should say that I got this as a free sample but I don’t really think that’s coloring my experience of the tea. I am really impressed with how smooth and dark this is. When I was brewing it, I detected a fruity aroma. Some English breakfasts I’ve had in the past seem like they have a lot of tannins but this is lovely, I can even drink it plain which is good. There’s a tiny bit of keemun in the aftertaste which I don’t mind at all. Also good with a bit of soymilk and some sweetener. Might have to pick some of this up for the permanent collection. It’s so nice, smooth like velvet. YUM

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

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