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.
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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