Review of Scottish Breakfast Tea Bags

8 of 105 of 55 of 589 of 100

Somehow, through all the teas I've chugged the last few years, Scottish Breakfast hasn't gone down the gullet yet. Why? Forgive my neglect. I've been missing out. I won't speak for other shops' renditions yet, but Murchie's has a championship-caliber blend going here.

Maybe some of it was reading that many Scottish Breakfasts are smoky, and that's generally a turn-off for me. This one, however, only had faint, discontinuous, and unimposing hints of that in flavor, cup aroma, and dry-bag smell, much to my relief. A blend of Assam, Ceylon and Yunnan, I most certainly picked up on the dark, rich body of the Assam, as well as the malty element. At times it seemed faintly fruity. This was a very smooth tea for one that's also in the upper echelon of strength, too, and gave off a slight warming sensation. Many similarly potent teas are instead sharp and more cutting, overly astringent, or uncomfortably bitter in their presentation. A tea that's both strong and smooth is going to shoot right up the rating scale for me, and this did. Clean finish too, with tolerable and pleasant aftertaste.

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