English Breakfast

Tea type
Black Tea
Chinese Keemun Black Tea
Chocolate, Malt, Honey, Sweet, Wood, Toast
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 11 oz / 340 ml

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  • “My tin is getting dangerously low, and I bought the one pound bag! It is almost gone… It is finally a really cold morning here. I needed some warmth to look forward to after breakfast. Tea...” Read full tasting note
  • “Second tea of the morning…… We will just call this “the parade of Keemuns”. I am trying to get an idea of which basic Keemun is the best flavor profile for me. I have three in a similar price...” Read full tasting note
  • “Apparently I’m on a bit of a Harney & Sons sampling kick. I’d like to say I’m going to be methodical about it and stick mostly to these for a while but that would probably be misleading. I...” Read full tasting note
  • “This is a nice Keemun with a peppery taste. This is a very smooth tea with a slight sweetness to it. It has a very slight smoky aftertaste. A nice cup of tea in the morning.” Read full tasting note

From Harney & Sons

Our English Breakfast has an ancient pedigree. Researchers have traced its heritage back to the black tea the English drank regularly in the 1800’s. 100% Keemun.


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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

127 Tasting Notes

137 tasting notes

This tea is so smooth; a little on the mild side, sweet, and not smoky. I finally bought a tin of the loose leaf tea, after flying through the 20 bags I purchased, and receiving a generous loose leaf sample from ashmanra (thank you, again!). This will definitely be regularly stocked in my cupboard. Keemuns FTW! :)

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Glad you liked it!


I loved all 3, especially that Zen Tea Keemun! :)

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1577 tasting notes

Bought this recently from Amazon to bump my order up to the free shipping threshold. Its got a nice flavor to it. It is malty but not overly so. There is as others have noted a slight note of chocolate, very slight. There is little in the way of bitterness or astringency to this tea. I am hoping this one is high in caffeine as I could use a boost this morning.

I brewed this once in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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117 tasting notes

Had this for second tea this morning. I happened to forget all my loose leaf at home today, but did remember my infuser. Such is life for a sleepy, grey, Monday. I guess it will be an all bagged tea day until work is done.
This tea was nice. Not at all smoky. I found it sweet for a Keemun, with a smooth body and light honey flavour. I detected no bitterness or astringency. Not as diverse and lovely as the Yunnan Golden teas I’ve been enjoying as of late, but that is to be expected. It does make me long for one though. Ah well, this will do for now.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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64 tasting notes

I had the bagged version, snurched from a hotel stay. I didn’t get much smoky nuance as I did last time I brewed a mug of this, but I didn’t get it quite as strong as I like it, either. It was still dang good quality for a black bagged tea.

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726 tasting notes

This smells like wood while steeping….
I’ve only had English Breakfast one other time…when last year my friend from England made me a “traditional English” cup of tea with milk and all. Didn’t like it then, but can’t remember what it tasted like. Don’t remember it tasting like wood though.
I like the malty black teas…need more malty black teas to try. I keep finding all these woody teas…
I would think maybe my taste is just changing. But then I try black teas that I have that I love and thought were malty and they taste the same. Maybe I just keep buying the wrong teas…I don’t know.
If anyone has any really good malty teas to recommend, let me know! Because I really wanna find a good, malty tea!
This one, however, is not as bad as expected.
It’s like half malty and half woody. It’s initially a light malt flavor but then changes to wood. It’s weird. But not actually that bad. I would drink this again. Wouldn’t buy it, but would drink it again willingly.
Harney & Sons sent me 4 tea bags of this as free samples. xD Guess they really wanted me to try this one-haha! As I’m finishing the first steep I actually can see this tea growing on me. But I guess I will see what happens with the next three tea bags. :P

Flavors: Malt, Wood


Have you tried Tiger Assam from Andrews & Dunham? That’s a malt bomb!

(And Yay! You’re drinking tea again ;-))


I haven’t! I’m kinda skeptical of buying from them because it’s in such large amounts! Wish they had samples. ><

(Haha yah! I hope it stays! :P)


Yes, same here, I haven’t ordered any of their teas yet because of the quantity issue. I was lucky cause a friend sent me a sample of Tiger Assam and I really like it!


Ah well I will have to try that one sometime! Gotta hunt down someone who has it and will send me a sample of it haha!

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41 tasting notes

I’ll have to try this again but it tasted vegetaly to me.

Not sure why but a lot of the harney & sons black tea samples i got all have a similar smell with something added to give them a flavoring.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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8269 tasting notes

So this has been my only tea for the past few days while travelling for work again. I’m back home again but only for a day before it’s off again. I’m hoping i’ll get a bit of a chance to have a few delicious cups tomorrow morning before it’s back to drinking this again…since i MAY have taken a few extra bags from the hotel i was in haha. I actually am ok with this one in bagged form, though i’d like to try it in loose form. I also haven’t yet figured out if i like the normal version or the “organic” version better…unless they’re both the same thing but package differently lol. all in all, happy to be home…will be nice when i can stay here for a few weeks in a row!

Final Count: 87 (courtesy of the single cup samples cookies sent me..so i’ll be back down in no time!)


I have this in loose form if you want to try it. :)


Oh. May take you up on that when I get back from my next leg of travel, provided I haven’t forgotten lol


haha, OK. :)


I snurched all four bags of this from our hotel room in October, too. :)

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184 tasting notes

Ok, I think I brewed this right this time. I used a bit of honey and some milk, took a sip. This is not earthy….this is EARTHY!!! Like I just face planted with my tongue out in an unplowed field. I liet it sit for about 3 minutes (while I wiped the imagined dirt from my face) and tried again….ok, much more reasonable. Now it reminds me of a freshly planted garden on a cool damp day. Strange how it can change like that! This is my first foray into Keemuns, so I can’t rate it to others, but it’s not unpleasant. I may even like it in the future, once my palate grows. For now, I still favor Malachi McCormick from Harney, as it has a lovely assam/keemun blend that my tongue seems to relate to better…. for now.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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47 tasting notes

Not bad for a bagged tea, but not nearly as strong as it should be.

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2 tasting notes

This is our daily go-to household tea. It has a rich, slightly floral aroma and the low astringency we prefer. I usually drink this brewed strong, steeped long, and with honey and half&half added. This tea feels substantial, but it doesn’t take up so much attention that it has to stand alone.

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