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English Breakfast - Organic

62
Percentile
4 ratings
Picture of English Breakfast
Brand:Bare Tea
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Anhui, China
Loose/teabag:Sachet
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This tea's info last updated: Feb. 16, 2017

Commercial Description

This Original English Breakfast is a classic! It’s heritage is traced back to the tea which the English drank regularly in the 1800's. Grown in the Anhui province of China, Black Keemun is one of the worlds most prized teas. It is celebrated for its rich, slightly sweet smoky flavor and its golden honey aroma.

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67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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Tried this one while on the go using a travel tea mug. I'll have to give it a proper tasting later, at home, but so far I'm pleasantly surprised! More subdued than most black teas, and not bitter at all (though I also made a point to steep it briefly).

Update: Okay, I got to try this again at work. It's definitely a smoother, more mellow version of black tea than most. If it was the only thing around on any given day, I'd be satisfied just fine with it. It's not dazzling in flavor, but it's very solid. People who aren't normally into black teas due to the potential bitterness should certainly give this one a try.
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73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I was impressed with this tea; it made a good cup to enjoy on my work break. I thought it had a subdued flavor compared to other English Breakfasts, and it didn't leave a bitter aftertaste.
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60 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
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This tea is pretty good, but it has a slight vegetal flavor that I don't like. It tastes a little green. I added cream and sugar.
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83 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Initially sampled at the Philadelphia Coffee and Tea Festival, but I'm glad I sampled this on my own because I liked it even more when I brewed it myself. An unusual Keemun with both cooling and warming qualities. Strong enough to be a breakfast tea, but stands out among both other English Breakfasts and other Keemuns. Smooth and aromatic.

Dry leaf smells fresh and like a typical Keemun: rich, earthy, and smoky, but with a unique minty note.

Brews a rich, bold cup with a very dark color, but a smooth flavor. Very pleasant. I've lately been drinking a lot of Foojoy's Keemun for breakfast so it was easy to compare: I think this one is similar in overall character, but a bit more nuanced and has some aromatic tones completely absent in that tea. Aroma is mildly smoky and slightly vegetal, rich and earthy overall. A hint of wintergreen is evident in the finish--a hallmark of high-grade tea. The only other Keemun I've tried that exhibited this wintergreen-like quality was the Organic Superfine Keemun from TeaVivre, a very high grade tea.

This tea has a bit of a kick to it, which makes it well-suited for a breakfast tea, but it also has a surprising natural sweetness. Seems pretty strongly caffeinated, especially relative to the smooth flavor.

Pretty generous on the leaf in each sachet too. I still opted for the longer end of steeping times: 6 minutes, and this tea is smooth enough that it can even go longer if you want it very strong.

Even with a 6-minute first infusion, I brewed a second cup (which I also steeped for 8 minutes)...and it was really interesting...light-bodied, but dark in color, with a fresh, herbaceous character that resembled some of the later steepings of green oolong. There are still wintergreen tones in the second cup; amazing! This cup is much more minty and almost tastes more like some herbal teas...and it still has a remarkable sweetness to it.

This is a very good tea, but I find it a little unusual that they only sell it in sachets, not loose, even though the company does sell loose teas. I would probably only buy this tea loose because sachets tend to be expensive and I mostly drink loose tea anyway, although the sachets might be more convenient for serving this tea in a coffee shop or cafe. The price isn't much higher than the mainstream brands selling similar whole-leaf sachets though, and I definitely think the quality is a notch up.
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