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drank English Breakfast by Tealyra
1045 tasting notes

This has been my go-to morning cuppa for much of the past week or thereabouts. I have long had an attachment to English breakfast blends, and I am happy to report that this one has consistently struck me as being a good one. It is an organic blend and is comprised entirely of Chinese material. I’m not certain what the teas used in this blend are, but I am almost certain that Yunnan black teas make up a healthy percentage of it.

While I normally prefer to gongfu Chinese teas, I am not accustomed to gongfuing blends, especially breakfast blends. I opted instead for my trusty one step extended Western infusion process. Hey, if the vendor insists on labeling this an English breakfast tea, I am going to treat it like one. Anyway, I steeped 3 grams of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 205 F water for 5 minutes.

After infusion, the orange tea liquor produced aromas of toast, malt, wood, caramel, and sweet potato. In the mouth, the liquor was brisk, astringent, and tannic, offering notes of wood, malt, cream, roasted nuts, brown toast, sweet potato, caramel, molasses, and bitter chocolate. I got hints of camphor, orange rind, and smoke as well. The finish was mostly astringent, woody, and nutty. I found the caffeine uplift to come on pretty quickly too.

For an English breakfast tea, this was very nice. I kind of wish I had taken the time to gongfu it once or twice, but I have so little left now that I may as well just plow on through the remainder the same way I’ve been doing. It may sound crazy, but this kind of reminded me of a budget version of The Jabberwocky. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a strong, consistent black tea blend to get them through the day.

Flavors: Astringent, Brown Sugar, Brown Toast, Camphor, Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Roasted Nuts, Smoke, Sweet Potatoes, Tannic, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

Budget Jabberwocky? Dang that’s a statement.

eastkyteaguy

Yeah, I knew that might get some people going. To be honest though, there are some similarities. The Jabberwocky is 100% Yunnan black tea (a blend of Wildcrafted Dian Hong, Yunnan Gold Tips, and Ailaoshan Black if memory serves) and I’m pretty sure this is mostly, if not entirely Yunnan leaf material. Some of the aroma and flavor components are going to be very similar to say the least. Obviously, the leaf quality here is not as high as The Jabberwocky nor is this blend as complex and refined, but there are just a few similarities.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m guessing there’s got to be some Yunnan in this blend then

eastkyteaguy

It kind of threw me at first too. I’m aware that research suggests that classic English breakfast teas were 100% Keemun. Looking at the thin, wiry, jet black leaves, I expected this to be mostly Keemun. Now, I grant that Keemun and some Yunnan blacks can be very similar, and this blend did have the chocolate and smoke notes I get out of Keemun, but I kept looking for those telltale stone fruit and leather flavors and never got them. This was decidedly soldier and nuttier.

eastkyteaguy

*woodier. I hate autocorrect. I really hate autocorrect.

Henk

It makes for a good guessing game: ‘What did he type before autocorrect hit?’

eastkyteaguy

Woodier. Autocorrect believed and continues to believe that I mean soldier.

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Daylon R Thomas

Budget Jabberwocky? Dang that’s a statement.

eastkyteaguy

Yeah, I knew that might get some people going. To be honest though, there are some similarities. The Jabberwocky is 100% Yunnan black tea (a blend of Wildcrafted Dian Hong, Yunnan Gold Tips, and Ailaoshan Black if memory serves) and I’m pretty sure this is mostly, if not entirely Yunnan leaf material. Some of the aroma and flavor components are going to be very similar to say the least. Obviously, the leaf quality here is not as high as The Jabberwocky nor is this blend as complex and refined, but there are just a few similarities.

Daylon R Thomas

I’m guessing there’s got to be some Yunnan in this blend then

eastkyteaguy

It kind of threw me at first too. I’m aware that research suggests that classic English breakfast teas were 100% Keemun. Looking at the thin, wiry, jet black leaves, I expected this to be mostly Keemun. Now, I grant that Keemun and some Yunnan blacks can be very similar, and this blend did have the chocolate and smoke notes I get out of Keemun, but I kept looking for those telltale stone fruit and leather flavors and never got them. This was decidedly soldier and nuttier.

eastkyteaguy

*woodier. I hate autocorrect. I really hate autocorrect.

Henk

It makes for a good guessing game: ‘What did he type before autocorrect hit?’

eastkyteaguy

Woodier. Autocorrect believed and continues to believe that I mean soldier.

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My grading criteria for tea is as follows:

90-100: Exceptional. I love this stuff. If I can get it, I will drink it pretty much every day.

80-89: Very good. I really like this stuff and wouldn’t mind keeping it around for regular consumption.

70-79: Good. I like this stuff, but may or may not reach for it regularly.

60-69: Solid. I rather like this stuff and think it’s a little bit better-than-average. I’ll drink it with no complaints, but am more likely to reach for something I find more enjoyable than revisit it with regularity.

50-59: Average. I find this stuff to be more or less okay, but it is highly doubtful that I will revisit it in the near future if at all.

40-49: A little below average. I don’t really care for this tea and likely won’t have it again.

39 and lower: Varying degrees of yucky.

Don’t be surprised if my average scores are a bit on the high side because I tend to know what I like and what I dislike and will steer clear of teas I am likely to find unappealing.

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