Scottish Breakfast Tea

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 5 oz / 147 ml

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  • “First let me explain a little something. This tea is going to be far stronger than I normally drink it due to my issues with sample sizes. You see, I use a perfect teaspoon (trademark thing here),...” Read full tasting note
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Originally blended for the soft waters of Scotland, Scottish Breakfast Tea is a traditional blend that can be enjoyed wherever you live. This blend includes only the very best Assam and African teas produced in the traditional �orthodox� way where the leaves are rolled to release the color and flavor. It has an inviting bright colour in the cup and a full, rich flavor. Use one teaspoon per cup and steep in freshly boiled water for 3-5 minutes.

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First let me explain a little something. This tea is going to be far stronger than I normally drink it due to my issues with sample sizes. You see, I use a perfect teaspoon (trademark thing here), which I’ve been told is actually closer to 1.5 tsp. Given that I use a (roughly) 16 oz mug, I generally fix whatever tea I’m making with two PT spoonfuls. Now the Tea Table sample sizes are probably made for someone who actually uses self control and reasoning, as they contain enough for roughly 2 1\2 – 2 2/3 PT spoonfuls (not heaping, but not level). Me, being the devil may care (read: lazy) man that I am, I just dump the package in. Now previously I’ve handled this by making a full 16 oz cup and about half of a 12 oz cup. The full cup I’ve been adding milk and sugar too, and the smaller cup I’ve been taking straight. This time around I forgot about the fact that I had developed that method, and added my normal amount of water.

I’m digging the result. It’s a bit of a punch in the face, but in the best possible way. You know, like if Natalie Portman punched me in the face because we were in a singles fight club. I took a couple sips of this before I doctored it up, and there was a solid bit of astringency there that follows on the heels of a nice full mouth feel. I did add a drop of milk and sugar, as that’s pretty much how I always drink my breakfast teas, and it’s a bit like putting a saddle on a bronco. It’s still an exciting ride, but it’s just a bit more comfortable.

A nice maltiness, a bit of astringency, full body, and a slight sweetness I picked up on even before I added the milk and sugar. This is a nice rich Scottish Breakfast.

EDIT: I forgot to mention, this tea makes me want to eat provolone.

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dylan Oxford

Nice review. Though I feel we may need to have a face-assault intervention. First you want to punch Vanilla’s face, then you get slapped by Lapsang Souchong, now Natalie Portman? Tsk, tsk!


Vanilla has it coming. Vanilla knows what it did. It’s not Lapsang’s fault that it’s a bit awkward when it comes to greeting people. I feel like it probably just wanted to gently rub my cheek as a sign of budding trust and friendship, but didn’t understand it’s own strength. As far as Natalie Portman goes…she could slowly force a butchers knife into my shoulder, and as it was happening I’d do nothing but explain how wonderful it was to get to meet her. A punch in the face is the most awakening feeling I can think of, and it coming from Natalie Portman (not of anger, hence the singles fight club) is the most enjoyable way I could think for it to be delivered. It all seems perfectly logical in my mind.

If I were the type to stop and examine things, that would probably explain a lot. As it stands, I’m more the type that I think I heard something outside, better see what it is!


I never thought of eating provolone while drinking this…until I read your review,that is :) Now I picture it too

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As it brewed:

I was hesitant on trying Scottish Breakfast tea since the one time I tried an Irish Breakfast Blend, it almost curled my toes off. I know the Scottish can prefer stronger drinks in general. I brewed at three minutes for fear it would be too strong for me (it wasn’t!)

This turned out to be a tastefully done, pleasant black morning tea. Nothing brisk stands out to me, but there is a definite maltiness that I enjoy the most from the tea. Smooth and very pleasant stuff. No bitterness at all when full heat, a little comes through as it cools

It’s fine without sugar, but I added a little since that’s my thing. I put in a dab of milk after the tasting just to see and I can honestly say it’s not needed as I really don’t find a taste difference. It’s creamy on its own.

I drank while eating a leftover piece of Pumpkin Pie, and they went very well together.

If you are wanting a black tea that’s smooth for the mornings; this is a good one to try.

Flavors: Malt

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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