Holiday Tea-son! This was included in a Lupicia holiday sampler of some sort that came out last year, and I picked up on the super-cheap from a mottainai sale last April! It’s just a classic English Breakfast black tea blend of Indian, Kenyan, and Sri Lankan black teas, but the packaging of the sampler is all cute and golden and covered in snowflakes and Christmas ornaments and a puppy with some sort of holiday-colored collar. Eh, whatever works. Good enough for me to count it under the theme, and it’s a quick-and-easy sipdown. I do enjoy an English Breakfast during my Doctor Who episode viewing. Feels so… thematic.
This was a very robust blend. It was quite malty, with very strong citrus notes, creating a strong lemony flavor, with a light peppery note at the end of the sip. The strong citrus flavor combined with the hint of pepper reminded me a bit of yuzu (just with a more subdued peppery taste). Even though I used my typical brisk steep, the black tea produced a fair amount of bitterness and a strong astringency on the tongue. Enough so that I decided to add a bit of honey to this one.
All in all, not my favorite breakfast blend. I’ve had several that came out very smooth, that I could drink plain just fine, and since I don’t really go for a breakfast blend because I want to add milk and sweetener, those are my preferred sorts of breakfast blends. This would probably be more suitable for those that like the robust sort of black blend that is more suited to adding milk and sugar or honey.
Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Malt, Pepper