Review of English Breakfast Tea Bags

7 of 104 of 54 of 572 of 100
Very GoodGoodGood Value

Each bag contains 2.5g of what looks like ground up CTC pellets. There's very little scent from the dry tea. It smells faintly woody, like a new newspaper.

This tea brews up dark. Before I've finished pouring the water, the tea is already darker than most black teas end up. By the time brewing's done, it's a deep brown-red. The aroma is richer than I was expecting and reminds me of a hardwood forest after a rain. It smells earthy and tannic, like damp oak leaves.

The flavor is crisp, mildly astringent, and quite bitter. It's far less malty than I expected from a Kenyan-Assam blend, but there's a lingering sweetness in the finish. Bitterness is the predominant sensation, but it's pleasant and mouth-watering, tasting similar to gentian root (the flavoring in Moxie soda). Though not surprising in an English Breakfast, this probably goes well with milk. Overall, it's a similar tea to other English brands, occupying a sort of middle ground; it's mellower than PG Tips, but more bitter and flavorful than Yorkshire Gold. As it cools, the flavor becomes a bit softer and rounder as the astringency asserts itself a little more. This is really quite a delightful tea and I'm enjoying each sip. It's easily my favorite Taylors of Harrogate tea so far.

At $4.50 for 20 teabags, it's more expensive than Bigelow or Twinings, but only slightly by weight because of the larger teabags.

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