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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436 tasting notes

This tin seems to be the new north american standard of being basically just fannings this has made the tea more bitter than it used to be and has diminished the sweetness.

After a short steep of under 2 minutes the tea is the colour of mahogany. It tastes of a hint of smoke, bitter artichoke, a hint of bisuit with a small hint of sweetness and malt underneath the bitter tones. As it cools the biscuit and sweeter tones come more to the

forefront and the bitterness receeds and a fruity citrus note appears. There is a bit of astringency but it is not overwhelming just enough to make the tea feel lively in the mouth. The tea does pack a good caffeine punch.

I decided to try again and reduced the steeping time to 1 minute and reduced the amount of leaf. The tea smells of biscuit, lemon and stonefruit. The bitter taste is now reduced to a pleasant level and the tea is smoother. The top note is a slight bittersweet flavour and slightly floral(rose) with fruity notes of lemon. This is underlayed by stonefruit, malt and biscuit. this was much better.

The tea is still decent but the local stores have been increasing the cost of the tin by $2-3 lately and I can get much better full leaf teas and bops for just a little more money than the cost of this tin and I will probably purchase them over this in the future.

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6 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea with honey, milk, and a touch of vanilla. There’s a certain, subtle softness to the edge … no bitterness. Love the aroma. Pure, sweet comfort. It’s my go-to tea when I just want … a cup of tea! :-)

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3 tasting notes

This is a solid, everyday tea for me. I use the loose leaf version although when I run out I’ll probably switch to bags for the convenience. I can’t imagine the quality being much different for something like this.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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8 tasting notes

A lovely cup of tea, and one of my favorites, I got the loose tea version for Christmas and I have to say I am loving it. I steep a teaspoon and a 1/4 [sometimes 1/2] using a coffee filter. This is great to put in my travel mug for the mornings when I have to work, has a good caffiene content and wakes me up nicely. The taste is very strong and delicious I’m not sure if malty is the right word but I’ve seen it used.

This tea does however have a bitterness to it, and I’m not sure it’s due to water temperature or oversteeping it might just be because of the strength.
However any bitterness in the cup tends to disappear with the addition of milk and sugar and this is the only tea I regularly add milk to.

Overall it makes a good strong cup of delicious tasting black tea that’s perfect for the morning or late evening, comfortingly strong. Goes well with sweetener and milk.

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12 tasting notes

My classic English Breakkie. i like it loose, but in the bags, it is very decent too. Great aroma, quick steep, and full flavour. I love it sans-sucre, avec lait.

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141 tasting notes

Rich and flavorful, but not bitter, though it dries the tongue and palate too much.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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31 tasting notes

This is classic. 100% Kenyan and Assam black tea without any spices. A very rich tea, that suits well for early mornings and for afternoon tea. Slightly bitter and requires short steep time.

Nothing special, its just tea at its finest.

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24 tasting notes

I’ve only ever had this in the bagged form, but I can say it is miles better than Lipton.

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1 tasting notes

Black tea with milk is probably the tea I drink the most. Black tea is perfect for every occasion and it’s a basic tea, that isn’t too fancy but still has a nice tradition to it. The good thing about black tea is that most of the black teas you can buy are really cheap but still taste great. Black tea is also one of the few teas where I think it’s ok if it’s bagged. In the UK almost every brand of black tea in the supermarket is acceptable, however outside of the UK it’s hard to find UK brands. Other brands are ok as well but if one prefers a UK brand then this is the gold standard that is found most often in supermarkets around the world.

For me 4 minutes is the perfect steep time with boiling water and a generous amount of milk that brings out great toffee flavours that make this tea one of my favourites.

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19 tasting notes

Your basic, simple breakfast tea. Dry mouthfeel, full-bodied tea taste. Definitely the slight malty taste of an Assam is there, though my palate isn’t picking up anything too strongly other than the taste of tea. I love this one, I really do, but it’s rather one-dimensional compared to some other black teas I’ve tried.

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