English Breakfast Blend No. 2 by The English Tea Store

English Breakfast Blend No. 2 Tea
English Breakfast Blend No. 2 Tea

Name: English Breakfast Blend No. 2

Brand: English Tea Store

Type: Black tea

Review:  Breakfast blends typically offer both regular tea drinkers and novices an inexpensive, robust cup that gets the day off to a good start. The English Tea Store offers several breakfast teas, including two types of English breakfast tea: One blended to provide a quick infusion while the other, English Breakfast Blend No. 2, is made from larger leaves that take longer to brew, but that offer a richer, more complex tea.

Don’t worry that this tea will slow down your morning routine, though, as its leaves are still fairly broken and brew up in just a few minutes. English Breakfast No. 2’s dry leaf has a nose of malt and tobacco which infuses to a dark, rich red-brown in the cup.  The liquor is medium bodied and consistently astringent: If you like milk or sugar in your tea, this is a blend that should work very well for you.  It has a very strong flavor of tobacco with the malt lurking in the background. It also possesses a bit of bitterness: Some folks (like me) don’t mind this, but if you are not a fan of bitter flavors, you should probably pass on this tea.

English Breakfast Blend No. 2 Tea
English Breakfast Blend No. 2 Tea

Preparation Tips:  A three minute steep in water that has been cooled to about 200F produces the best cup: If you oversteep the tea or use boiling water, it becomes a bit too bitter.

Serving Tips: As the name suggests, this is an ideal tea for pairing with breakfast foods. It’s particularly suited to the additions of milk and/or sugar, which I would recommend if not drinking this tea with food. I also find it to be very invigorating, so you may want to avoid this tea in the late afternoons or evenings if you want a good night’s sleep.

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5 thoughts on “English Breakfast Blend No. 2 by The English Tea Store

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  5. As a supertaster (one with enhanced tasting abilities), I find the bitterness in tea to be a deal-breaker. However. Just a little sugar counteracts the bitterness in tea, making it my only real beverage (hot or iced), with milk when hot. And both with just enough sweetness to make the bitter go its merry way. When “doctored” just so, nothing beats a dark, malty Assam in my tea chest of hearts.

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