English Breakfast

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 13 oz / 397 ml

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The classic of classics

There’s nothing better than waking up to a genuinely fabulous cup of English Breakfast tea. Which is why we took great care in choosing our signature blend. We were looking for the perfect balance. Something with body and a satisfyingly full flavour, without being overpowering. The winner? A flowery pekoe from Sri Lanka. You’ll find yourself drinking it all day long. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Black tea from the Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva districts (Sri Lanka), black tea from Kenya blended with Assam teas from India.

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709 tasting notes

Now, I’ve managed to go my whole life without ever having a tea classed as an English Breakfast, so I’ve got nothing for comparison. So far, in my experience with plain blacks I prefer Chinese ones for their innate sweetness and general deliciousness. This tea has more of a hearty flavour, with none of the sweetness I find in the China blacks. It’s not bitter, it’s just definitely more plain.

I can see how this would be more of a “wake me up” tea, if tea worked for me like that. However, caffeine, etc seem to have no effect on me so I just drink what I want when I want it. I think this tea would be more of a “buck up and get through it” sort of tea for me. I’m not sure that I’ll re-stock it when it’s gone as nothing about it leaps out for me, but it is a change from my currently beloved China blacks. A perfectly respectable tea, and one of the cheapest in my neighbourhood, if cost factors in. ($4.50 for 50 g)

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251 tasting notes

Today I finished the 50g bag of this I’ve had for a while. I enjoyed the last little bit, but I don’t think I am going to re-order for the time being. I still have a good 2oz+ of Harney’s English Breakfast that my husband prefers and some excellent TeaVivre black teas that I want to spend some time on. David’s EB was nice while it lasted and blended very well with others teas when I wanted a dessert type less sweet though.

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576 tasting notes

This is a hearty, strong, bold tea blend – a great AM wakeup cup. I have a hard time judging black teas because they often taste similar to me – plain, or unflavored. So this is good, definitely better than your average run-of-the-mill grocery version, and does its job of waking me up – but other than that, it’s typical. Good, but not something I’d regularly stock as “stellar” from David’s Tea.

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1662 tasting notes

This started off ok hot. Just ok. but then as it cooled, I got notes of yunnan(I really don’t like yunnan) so I figure the girl gave me the organic and not regular EB
Well… I won’t be doing that again!! all the agave, milk and luck couldn’t save this baby for me.
That said, it was very drinkable for the first five minutes.
EDIT: Now that I’ve tried the regular EB, 80 is the score I gave that one. This one had a 72…

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Since I have a midterm tomorrow, I am s̶t̶u̶d̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶v̶e̶r̶y̶ ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶ taking a longer than necessary break on Steepster. I was pretty sleepy before I started (funny how that always happens when you have to do something you don’t want to), so I wanted a straight black tea with a bit of muscle to get the job done. This is the first plain black I’ve tried since bags, so I’m no expert, but it’s simple and good. At first sip it just tastes like a basic black, nothing special, but on the second part of the sip I can detect some nuances in the flavor, which becomes even more apparent as it cools down. By the end of the cup I realize it’s tastier than I originally thought. Overall it’s a good basic black tea, and pretty inexpensive compared to most of their other offerings. I think I’d like to try a few other varieties before deciding whether to restock this. And also, I’m still sleepy. Hmm…maybe a little nap will make me more productive?

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Josie Jade

You’re reasoning sounds like mine when it comes to studying! A nap rarely makes me more productive, but I still insist in trying. Good luck on your midterm!


Thanks! So true; the nap didn’t help at all but I still convinced myself to indulge in one!


Good luck on your midterm!! :)


Good luck on the midterm, I am often quite good at procrastinating in the face of an essay or big test!


Thanks guys!

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254 tasting notes

This one came my way through a swap with Aimee Popovacki, and I finished up the last of it yesterday, at school. After a steady diet of Earl Grey it was nice to try something else, but it’s been so long since I’ve had English Breakfast that I didn’t have a close enough experience to compare it to.

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740 tasting notes

Don’t fix what ain’t broke right? Enough taste testing for tonight. English Breakfast ftw.

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1470 tasting notes

This is a tea I stocked up on when I was making my own kombucha (I miss my little jellyfish ; . ;), it’s a good basic tea. I never reach for it, because if I’m looking for a straight black tea, I reach for the Nepal Black from DavidsTea or Irish Breakfast Xtra Fancy from Red Leaf Teas. So when we made our own stovetop chai. I reached for this for the black tea component. Delicious. Just so yummy.

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539 tasting notes

Another sample that I got and haven’t logged yet.

I’m starting to find that I don’t care for the English Breakfast teas. This is the second one I’ve tried and I just think it’s not really my thing. I prefer an orange pekoe as it’s a bit milder. I think I just find the English Breakfast teas to be too much. They are quite strong and I don’t really enjoy them the way that I would want to. Gonna leave the last bit of my sample for my hunny to try. He said he tried some this week of a different brand and seemed to enjoy, so he might like this one.

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I dislike EBs as well! more because I find them boring somehow. The aspects I love in an Assam or Ceylon disappear when they are blended together, IMO


Nice to know I’m not the only one :)

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307 tasting notes

At first scent, I thought that this tea was going to be oversteeped. It doesn’t taste it though, instead seeming very flowery, fruity, and just a bit sweet. I’m actually enjoying this quite a bit more than I thought I would!

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