English Breakfast

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Malt, Herbs, Caramel, Grain, Roasted Barley, Vegetal, Pepper, Smoke, Smooth, Sweet, Thick, Toast, Tobacco, Nutty, Almond, Nuts, Creamy
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Loose Leaf, Tea Bag
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 28 oz / 836 ml

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From Twinings

A rich & satisfying robust black tea. The robust, malty character of this tea comes from pure Assam and Kenyan tea leaves grown in India.

Twinings English Breakfast Tea was originally blended to complement the traditional, hearty English Breakfast, from which its name derives. The refreshing and invigorating flavor makes English Breakfast one of the of the most popular black teas to drink at any time or occasion—not just for breakfast. English Breakfast can be enjoyed with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened—the choice is yours.

English Breakfast is our most popular tea. To create this well-balanced blend, we carefully select the finest teas from five different regions, each with its own unique characteristics. Tea from Kenya and Malawi provides the briskness and coppery-red colour while Assam gives full-body and flavour. The robustness from these regions is complemented by the softer and more subtle teas from China and Indonesia. The combination of these varieties yields a complex, full-bodied, lively cup of tea that is perfect any time of day.

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354 Tasting Notes

2815 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here; nothing stellar aside from the fact that it’s free at the office. I do prefer my black teas to have a bit more oompf and this seems a bit wimpy. Added some soymilk. Now I’m off to go make something better…

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6770 tasting notes

First Cup of the day with Wildtree Banana Bread (hate bananas but like most banana bread…weirdo, I know!)


LOL, my boyfriend is the same way! XD


lol i love banana bread but hate bananas cuz of the texture :p i also cant eat jello because of the texture it makes me gag lol

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My wife shares your view as well.

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187 tasting notes

I figured I’d go back and try a bagged tea after all of the loose leaf I’ve had, and see how differently it tastes. That project flew out the window, though, because I think I overstepped this puppy. I was in the midst of a highly entertaining e-mail conversation and let the teabag float there for too long. As a result, this one isn’t tasting as good this morning.

The tea juice is a lot darker than I remember. It’s probably because loose leaf is much less murky and dark. Loose leaf is also a lot less bitter. That might be from the oversteep, because I really don’t remember my cup of English Breakfast looking this dark, but it was still surprisingly bitter compared to what I’ve been drinking the past few days. The nice flavor profiles are still there, but I find myself not wanting to pick up the cup as often. I think that bags might be even more finicky than loose leaf (or at least some bags, for that matter), since you’re releasing so much dust/tannins into the water at such an accelerated rate. If you don’t watch, it’s bitter.

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Muahahaha! The loose is gonna get you!
(I feel like I should be skipping madly away after that pronouncement.)


tea juice = lol


HAHA! Lena and I had the same thought at ALMOST the same time. It made me laugh. I have had tea juice before, but that’s actually tea steeped in juice:)

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227 tasting notes

… you know :D

Love to watch milk mix with hot tea:

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Aha. You’re a milk-last-er ;)

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…I swear I will update my Steepster like you would not believe once I have a life again.

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Ack I know! I’ve just been making blank notes when I can. I’m not even going into finals yet. (Still on my second wave of midterms. Silly quarter system) ~ Good luck!

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2273 tasting notes

Another beautiful morning at Sunset Beach! Yesterday we got to see not only the woodstorks of Vereen Park (have only sighted them once before in about 6 visits) but we saw their babies, too! They still had that awful baby bird hairdo that is so cute, but were old enough to walk around and fish with Mama, and Daddy awed us by flying over. Magnificent!

As for the tea, it was just so-so. It is a basic cup of tea, not offensive but not ringing any bells for me. I did a shorter steep because I thought that it might get bitter quickly being a bagged tea. Perhaps a little more time would have made a more robust tea.

There is a tea room nearby. Hope to get there later today and see if there is something delicious to report!

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I totally know what you mean about the baby bird hairdo!!!!


Thanks for letting us vicariously share scenes from your vacation!


(sigh) … a vicarious vacation may be all I get this summer …


I found this tea so blah I didn’t bother to write a review on it .. Try their Irish Breakfast though – I keep that & Lady Grey in my cupboard ;)


I do like both of those, Serendipitea! I have some of each that I bought for here, and for home. I am letting my youngest have all the Irish Brekkie, though, since that is one of her favorite kinds of tea. I get all the Lady Grey, though!

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1184 tasting notes

This was the bagged version. As far as bagged tea goes, this is a good choice. It is smooth and not bitter. Good with just a tiny dash of milk. I took this to my Mom’s for convenience’s sake since I had limited time and supplies.

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985 tasting notes

Finally, I get to try one of the standards (at least in the US) for English Breakfast thanks to teawing….thank you for the generous Twinings sampling, by the way! I jumped directly from so-so bagged tea right into loose leaf in my tea journey, so I missed getting a chance to try some of the better bagged ones. I also find it interesting that there are some bagged teas that I like quite well. And this is one of them. It is always good to have something on hand that will travel easily as loose leaf can get a little messy.

This really is very good for a bagged tea. I liked this one without milk, but slightly sweetened. The tea itself is pretty basic, the flavor is rounded and smooth. It works for me, because I tend to gravitate toward good basic tea lately.

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Their Lady Grey makes me feel positively poofy and I stick my pinky in the air when I drink it. I hope to get some orange essential oil soon and try Serendipitea’s suggestion of putting it in a closed tin for a couple of weeks with the oil.


Tom sent me some Lady Grey, too! I will have to try that one next!


I keep bagged Twinnings for the same reason…travel. I have a stash in my briefcase that I rotate, but I am never without.

Glad you liked the tea!

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902 tasting notes

I’m not operating at maximum capacity right now…attempting to get back on track and finish everything on my desk before our 2pm meeting.


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1904 tasting notes

A classic tea blend from one of the oldest tea companies in existence. Perhaps I should be drinking this with my pinkie out. ;D

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