English Breakfast Tea

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Black Tea
Chinese Keemun Black Tea, Indian Black Tea
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Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Taken with a teaspoon of sugar and half and half. Oh BOY I think this is the best English Breakfast Blend I’ve ever had the pleasure to sip! Complex and nuanced – I feel like I can taste the...” Read full tasting note
  • “Methinks it is time to start on my sampler. Here goes nothing: No. 1 of 31 Took a page from Ewa’s book: closed my eyes, thrust my hand into the basket, diddled it around and grabbed. This is...” Read full tasting note
  • “So my poor attempt at budgeting just flew out the window – 3 different tea companies just got orders from me in the past 12 hours. And a fourth is probably coming since their coupon is only good...” Read full tasting note
  • “This smells smoky – I can definitely pick up the Keemun. Surprisingly, it smells rougher than their Irish Breakfast, which seems a bit counterintuitive to me. And actually, it does seem to be a...” Read full tasting note

From Golden Moon Tea

Let’s hear it for some of the worlds best tea gardens! They’ve given us three pure Indian teas we can blend with a little Chinese Keemun. The result is a coppery liquor that excites our taste buds with its brisk and complex flavor. The flavor is a bit toasty with a bit of fresh gardenias as a high note. Like most traditional English Breakfast teas, it is great with a spot of milk and a spoonful of sugar.

About Golden Moon Tea View company

Golden Moon is dedicated to offering outstanding, whole-leaf teas of the greatest quality and finesse. All Golden Moon Teas are hand-plucked and meticulously crafted to enhance leaf character, aroma, color, clarity, body, complexity, and above all, flavor.

41 Tasting Notes

2005 tasting notes

Updating: new review at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1665/tea-review-golden-moon-tea-english-breakfast/. (If you’ve ever been to Branson, Missouri from October to December you’ll get the reference…I hope….)

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251 tasting notes

Another tea from my sample pack. I’m not experienced enough to be able to analyze this tea and describe the subtle nuances of taste that it provides.

If I was going to high tea at the finest of tea houses, this is the black tea I would expect. Very English tasting to me. Now I have to pick between it and the Irish Breakfast. Well, when I have room for more tea, that is! Maybe the best thing would be to keep ordering the sample pack?


I really, really, really want this sampler! I have this unwritten rule about no more than one online tea order a month, and I’ve already used my January allotment at Upton… but February is not that far away :) :) :)


You will love it!! Plan on getting the sampler for February, it’s a lot of fun trying all these different teas.

Pamela Dean

I drink alone (oops, that sounded bad) most of the time, since I’m retired and live alone. I find that samples (some of which are a half-ounce) are an adequate supply, at this early stage in my explorations — unless I find a tea which I am drinking almost daily and simply cannot do without. Then it’s worth buying ounces at one go.

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432 tasting notes

A very nice, very complex tea with a sweetness, a richness, a smoothness, a slight smokiness, and all the other “nesses” a delicious tea I will enjoy again.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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247 tasting notes

Today’s GM Grab Bag Extravaganza winner! and this one is one. Unlike yesterday’s “French Breakfast”, about which I had no preconceptions, today’s English Breakfast has a particular tradition to live up to; which this one does nicely! A full-bodied EB that is appropriately bold with a nice mellow finish. Not too tannic and no “bite” with 3 minutes of brewing. I think I could have gone longer, but I wanted to save a bit for a second steeping. I got two 12oz carafe’s worth and unlike the French variety, the second steeping held up just fine (a third would have been out of the question).

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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237 tasting notes

A stalwart aroma greets me upon opening the packet – deep and toasty, and umpteen times more interesting than a regular old English Breakfast. The dry leaf is small and dark, and after three and a half minutes I’ve got a little pot of clear dark brown tea. Now I’ve got some fruity and sweet notes in the aroma, and my mouth is starting to water!

This tea isn’t shy – it’s got lots of strong flavor, and I keep thinking it tastes like Lipton (in a good way) on steroids. Now this is what EB is supposed to taste like. There is pepper, and fruit, and wood, not too much but just enough astringency – nice job! Buzz buzz buzz…pretty good caffeine content in it too, I’d guess.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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117 tasting notes

After my recent spate of mediocre-to-blech tea tasting experiences, I’d say the universe owed me this. And whoa boy did she deliver. There are loads of other reviews here, from Steepsterites of whom I’m regularly in awe, that dissect this tea, that will tell you all the different flavours and notes you’ll get from it. Whether it’s my lack of experience or my underdeveloped palate, all I can tell you is that this smells like black tea and tastes like very yummy black tea. Note that I steeped it for eight minutes (my tea mug is 16oz.) and there wasn’t even the hint of bitterness. If you’re anything like me, that just might be enough information. =)

(It’s really, really yummy.)


Boiling 8 min or more

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1627 tasting notes

Pretty strong breakfast blend. Enough to get me through the morning. Smokey and malty. Delicious with sugar and milk.

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596 tasting notes

Meh. I find this tea to be bland and uninteresting.

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47 tasting notes

Thanks Ricky for this tea! It smells very smokey right out of the package. Must have quite a bit of Keemun! This tea is perfect for today- I have been alone with my small kids for a few days, and I’m exhausted and also feel a cold coming on! This tea is perfect to wake me up, and also comfort. While trying to watch the kids and steep tea, I over-steeped and it was a little bitter, so I added some milk and a tiny bit of sugar (things I don’t usually do). It actually worked well! It is not astringent at all. I definitely taste the Keemun, also some Assam. I’m not a huge fan of milk in tea, but it’s working for me today. I can’t wait to try it when I don’t over-steep!

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79 tasting notes

GM Sample 21/31
This rating is probably a little baist since I don’t particularly like black teas. Strong black tea taste with slightly floral undertones. Had to add a lot of honey to finish. Very strong blend.

4 min, 0 sec

This one didn’t wow me like I expected it to, either.

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