English Breakfast Black Tea

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Cocoa, Malt, Sweet
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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 32 oz / 946 ml

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What makes a great “breakfast tea”? Our blending team has spent years tasting and studying black tea bush cultivars that offer a truly robust character, bright red cup color and inviting aromatics. Our English Breakfast is full-bodied, brisk and malty with a nuanced caramel sweetness. Perfectly balanced on its own or gratifying when smoothed out to your taste with milk or sugar.

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Rishi Tea specializes in sourcing the most rarefied teas and botanical ingredients from exotic origins around the globe. This forms a palette from which we craft original blends inspired by equal parts ancient herbal wisdom and modern culinary innovation. Discover new tastes and join us on our journey to leave ‘No Leaf Unturned’.

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1220 tasting notes

Dry aroma: Barely there but if it were fresh I am sure it would be stronger with woody notes.
Liquor aroma: Malty. Slightly woody.
Flavor: I would not call this robust. But to be fair my parents don’t drink tea much and I don’t drink tea bags much. Also don’t know how long this tea has been in their cupboard let alone been around. Granted the packaging looks fresh. Still…. I think this could be stronger. It’s not terrible but the slightly woody, slight varnish, slight malt… it’s too much slight for an English Breakfast.


I want my English Breakfast to WAKE ME UP. A weak EB is just wrong.

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1764 tasting notes

Sooooo bitter. I only steeped this for 3 minutes and the cup is absolutely ruined.

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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254 tasting notes

Rishi teas are usually solid and reliable. When I saw their English Breakfast black tea in our Whole Foods store, I knew it was worth giving it a try.

A rich malty aroma instantly charged from the metal tin and inner foil envelope upon opening them. The dark brown leaves were extremely short compared to my other Rishi teas. Maybe that is the signature of English Breakfast tea?

I followed Rishi’s brewing instructions and steeped the leaves at 200 degrees for four minutes. The color was bright amber. The smell was malty and slightly sweet.

This tea had a very well-balanced malty and sweet taste, like cocoa. It also was extremely smooth.

The flavor was quite different from most of the other English Breakfast teas I’ve tried. Those all seemed to emphasize the raw taste of the teas that comprised the blend. However, this selection, although definitely not hiding the tea flavors, expertly coated them with cocoa sweetness and malt. The result is the perfect breakfast tea for those of us who like it sweet but straight-up!

The aftertaste was light and smooth. Astringency was not in this blend’s vocabulary.

I bought this product hoping to find a pleasant breakfast blend. Instead, I hit the jackpot. This is an exceptionally robust, full-bodied, and delicious morning tea. My taste buds didn’t locate the advertised cherry notes but that didn’t hinder my sweet and lovely morning ride through four cups of this awesome find.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Sweet

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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33 tasting notes

Different profile than our ‘China Breakfast’ with a robust, bold cup with sweet caramel undertones. This tea also has a South and Southeast Asia origin!
Both are great on their own or with milk and sugar.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Dogbite Williams

Rishi Tea rated their OWN TEA 100. Why am I not surprised?

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