Breakfast Blend

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Malt, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Molasses
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “I meant to grab Scarlet Sable to bring with me to work but this one is in the same size and color container so… oops. But my Russian blend caffeine ran out about an hour ago so I need something...” Read full tasting note
  • “Finally getting around to trying this one Thanks to Lena, Thanks Lena! I have been drinking my morning black teas but mostly drinking iced teas during the day as it has been so hot here. Anyway I...” Read full tasting note
  • “Thank you so much to LENA for sending me a sample of Samovar’s Breakfast Blend. The dry tea has a very pleasant and sweet aroma. It’s quite robust but the sweetness adds an appealing twist. This...” Read full tasting note
  • “Started my day with this tea. Sweet, but not too much. Really delicate for a yunnan. Someone mentioned they thought it was more like a ceylon, that is probably why I like it. While reading the...” Read full tasting note

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Origin: Yunnan, China

Flavor Profile: Smooth, full bodied, malty, and classically brisk.

Tea Story: This is the Samovar version of English Breakfast- a tea you can count on time and again. Wake up with this tea like so many of our ex-coffee-drinking tea converts do.

Breakfast Blend teas were created as the signature blend of a particular tea company. A “Breakfast Blend” is a blend of tea from a company’s tea gardens that is blended to achieve a uniform and reliable flavor season after season- regardless of weather conditions that might effect a tea’s flavor. At the beginning of the 19th century, some tea sellers were even creating tea blends that best suited a town or city’s local water supply.

Samovar’s Breakfast Blend is a blend of Dian Hong style tea from Yunnan, China. This means that it is only top-quality tea with whole leaves and a high content of fine golden leaf buds: “golden tips.”

Samovarian Poertry: Kindle clarity. Banish stupor. Full malty flavor with delicate dryness.

Food Pairings: Serve Samovar Breakfast Blend alongside your oatmeal, waffle, pancakes, or toast and eggs- it is a breakfast blend after all! At the tea lounge we serve it with our English-style Afternoon Tea Service: scone with clotted cream and jam, quiche, and fresh, seasonal fruit. You may

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Another new tea to try thanks to threewhales. This tea smells earthy, slightly sweet and with a hint of chocolate. It brews up extremely dark in just 3 minutes and is medium-bodied. Initially, there is a slight bitterness which dissolves away to an earthy and sweet quality that I’ve rarely come across. The aftertaste is bold and quite pleasantly tea-like. This would make a great base for all sorts of additions, but I think it could only handle a tiny bit of milk. It is also very easy to drink plain with the flavors developing as it cools.

I don’t think I would purchase this, but it is pretty good.

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Backlogging. Drank this in the morning. I only have 2 more black tea samovar samples left, and this was one I was holding off to drink expecting it to be good.

It was definitely a good cup, strong, malty, delish… but after having so many other black teas from samovar it’s just not that special overall.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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Fairly mild for a breakfast blend. If I didn’t know it was a Yunnan, I would have guessed this was primarily a Sri Lankan tea. The aroma is salty and vegetal. The taste is a mild bread and butter taste like a buttered dinner roll. A gentle, neutral sweetness. Moderate astringency. Medium amber colored liquor.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Bread and butter? Weird. I’m not a black tea person, but that makes me wanna try this…


Well, that’s what I get out of it. Ask 10 people and get 11 different descriptions, but it really does remind me of a buttered dinner roll. It is not a strong buttery taste like some oolongs, but it is there. It has a smooth mouth feel and neutral sweetness that also contribute to the buttery feel for me. That said, it is still a black tea with noticeable astringency, so depending on what you don’t like about black teas, this may not change your mind.

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I drank this for breakfast. Nice plain breakfast tea. This helps me wake up without puzzling my taste buds. No additives, 2 tsp, 12 oz boiling water, 4 minutes 1st steep, 5 mins 2nd.

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My first review on Steepster! Hopefully first of many…

I initially got this tea because it sounded like one of the more “normal” teas that Samovar offered, and after trying many of their more exotic options, I decided to give this a try as well.

Let’s see how I manage to express my experience with this… They say that this is the perfect ex-coffee drinkers convert tea that helps them wake up in the morning. I’d say I’d have to agree. This is pretty similar (but obviously different, as what would be the point if it tasted like coffee) and it does give a little bit of a kick, but not too much. I drink it black, as I have been doing with pretty much all of the teas I have been trying. I tried adding sugar a few times to some of them but I decided no matter how little I added, the sugar would somehow overpower the taste of the tea. I want to taste the tea, not the sugar.

Anyways, for $12 for a large can, this is a great deal especially because you can re-steep it a few times throughout the day. I think I can usually manage a good 4 steeps out of it before it starts to get thin. It’s a good alternative tea for me in the morning when I feel that I’ve had too much Maiden’s Ecstasy during the week. ;)

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a mannish tea with some real sweet soul.
The brewed tea is quite strong and certainly deserves consideration for anyone looking for a good shot of caffeine. It’s very malty.
I found this a great replacement for my morning coffee (a thing of the past now).

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After visiting Samovar in San Francisco over the summer, I’ve become a frequent buyer of their teas and this was one of the first I purchased online.

Personally, I feel so much better in the morning when I wake up and have breakfast while sipping on a fresh cup of Samovar Breakfast Blend. It’s not too strong of a black tea, but it has a relaxing, soothing aroma to it that is always pleasant in the mornings.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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Bold and somewhat malty. Best with Milk. Be careful, it steeps quickly.

Flavors: Malt

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Delicious heavy malt, thick brew. Smooth, lingering finish. One of my favorite breakfast blends when I want something thick and with a heavy mouthfeel.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I accidentally let this brew a little too long, but was surprised that the actual tea was not very strong. Used a teaspoon for one mug…will need to try increasing amount of tea leaves. Overall, was nice with some milk and sugar.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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