English Breakfast Tea

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190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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107 tasting notes

Taste-wise, it is okay.

It’s funny though, how a non-decaf tea made me feel so relaxed :)

Can be used to make chai.

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50 tasting notes

I drank several more cups of this over the last two days, 5 min steep in 205F water, taken with milk. My main complaint before was that the bitter was out of balance—too strong. Hot, and especially with milk, the bitter is strong but I can enjoy it. There is no noticeable maltiness, and only faint sweetness. Every cup has a hint of cinnamon flavor and a faint rose aroma.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

This is a surprisingly good cup of tea! I remember being at a Thanksgiving celebration and the host handed me a cup of tea after dinner. I drank a sip and said wow, that is a nice cup of tea! He said: Trader Joe’s English breakfast tea. I said really??!! Wow!!! Just goes to show that really tasty tea can come from the most unexpected of places…

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16 tasting notes

Pretty good for a cheap English Breakfast tea.

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23 tasting notes

At this price, it’s a good value, though not especially subtle—definitely contains more actual tea than Lipton black tea. I prefer to downplay its strength with milk and sweetener, though at that point you might as well drink TJ’s Irish Breakfast.

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137 tasting notes

This tea isn’t horrible, but, like other Trader Joe’s teas, I wouldn’t say it’s good. It’ll do if you don’t have anything else around, but there are many other cheap English Breakfast teas out there that are significantly better. I like a lot of Trader Joe’s products, but I’m done buying their teas…not a strong area for them.

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22 tasting notes

It has a soapy aftertaste, and lacks bite.

Flavors: Soap

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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31 tasting notes

This tea isn’t going to break any boundaries of new flavors. It isn’t groundbreaking. It isn’t fancy. But it’s nice enough.

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13 tasting notes

This is the one my best friend keeps around her house for me to drink, so I have a soft spot for it. It’s a decent tea, not terribly strong, not terribly interesting.

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

For a large box under $3, this is a really great tea. It is moderately flavorful, dark, and balanced if brewed properly: 3.5 minutes at 205F. I like my tea strong and usually brew at least 4 minutes, but with this tea anything past 3.5 mins and it gets very bitter. Brew 3-3.5 and it’s actually got some sweet notes, in addition to the classic English Breakfast flavor and “brightness”, but not much maltiness (TJ’s Irish Breakfast has that in spades, though). It’s got a beautiful dark red color and a nice nose. I actually own much better and more expensive black tea than this, but I find myself coming back to it on a regular basis. It’s a keeper.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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