Devonshire English Breakfast Black Tea

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Brand:Celestial Seasonings
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Devonshire English Breakfast Black Tea

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 27, 2018

Commercial Description

A classic British-style blend of fine black teas. Full-bodied and smooth.

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This tea is not listed alongside the other products on Celestial Seasonings' main website, but it is sold through their online store. It may be marketed more towards foodservice than retail customers.

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Reviewer pic76 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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"Devonshire" has one of the most full-bodied dry-bag aromas I've gotten from a breakfast tea, and unusually, it nearly matches the flavor for intensity. I detected virtually no difference between dry-bag scent, in-cup scent, and taste, the latter likewise being straightforwardly well-constructed within a nice, dark brew. It sweetens very well, and doesn't have as much flavor bitterness as a lot of breakfast blends I've tried. Watch for the aftertaste, however, which did grow noticeably more bitter than the tea itself.

Overall, this was a fairly rich, robust, satisfying tea, plain and unpretentious. Since I'm not offput by a lack of delicate nuances anyway, that isn't a big deal. Connoisseurs of finer tea might give it a lower rating, but especially for a bagged black tea, I found it worth the sale price paid.

A note on the packaging/marketing: this appears to be the same tea as their "English Breakfast" (without "Devonshire") sold in Keurig K-Cups, based on the product descriptions, package coloring/design, and a taste of the Keurig version that I got from somebody at work (very much like the bagged stuff).
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
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I wasn't expecting much...but has some aroma. Tones of malt and wood. Yes, it's not loose tea, and I even think this is pretty far behind most of Celestial Seasonings' herbal blends.

Considerably smoother than Lipton, but still full-bodied. I'd appreciate a little more up-front bite--perhaps a longer steeping would be better (I did 2 minutes because I'm used to these low-end tea bags coming out too harsh). The end of the cup though is still a bit harsh, too much astringency and too much bitterness at the bottom, not enough at the top. Stirring might remedy this if I had known up-front.

Drinkable. I often sample low-quality tea bags and pour them out, but this one I finished and enjoyed. I still can't see buying it though. In this price range, there are a lot of tea bag brands, like Ten Ren for green and oolong, and Ahmad for black teas, that I think do a better job for cheaper. Herbal teas seems to be the domain of Celestial Seasonings more than black teas.

As a final note, I found this tea tasted better once it had cooled closer to room temperature. Some of the more interesting aromatic tones came out more.
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