Our English Breakfast has an ancient pedigree. Researchers have traced its heritage back to the black tea the English drank regularly in the 1800's. It is, simply, China Black - 100% Keemun.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 of 1 page with 3 reviewsI saw some Harney & Sons teas in a health food store and remembered that they got high reviews here, so I decided to try some. I got a tin of loose leaf English Breakfast and a box of tea bags. The box of teabags says that the blend is 100% Keemun, but the tin just says "blended black tea". I wasn't sure that they were meant to be the same blend until I checked the H&S website.
I was disappointed that the tea wasn't sealed in an airtight way (either a mylar pouch or, like Twinings, a foil seal under the lid). The tea seemed fresh, though, and has a slightly smoky aroma with notes of dried cherries.
While brewing, the aroma is less pronounced than I've noticed with other Keemuns, but it's still pleasant. It smells of earthy leaves and dried fruit, particularly prunes, cherries and dates. I was surprised by the bitterness in the first taste. The bitterness isn't overpowering or unpleasant, but the tea is noticeably more bitter than other Keemuns. A light astringency, smokiness and fruity sweetness round out a nice balance. Anyone that finds other Chinese teas too mellow should give this one a try. On the other hand, this tea is far less bitter and astringent than Assam-based Breakfast blends, but no less flavorful. I really like this tea.
The tea cost me $5.89 for a four ounce tin. Even the regular $7.00 price at the H&S website is quite reasonable for tea of this quality.
Alex Zorach (1285 reviews) on Apr. 5th, 2017
Dry leaf has an aroma that is gentle and pleasant, a little bready and slightly fruity, gentler than what I expect from this style of tea.
The flavor is richer than the dry leaf suggests, very full-bodied and dark. Quite astringent to the point of having a rather dry mouthfeel, but not very bitter. Very warming but with a few cooling notes. Not the most aromatic tea, the aroma is similar to a Keemun, a sort of rich earthy aroma with suggestions of dried fruit, bread, baked goods, and a few toasty and smoky notes.
I really liked drinking this one when hot. It's still good when it cools but the sensations on the palate were most satisfying when hot.
Resteeps well, better than is typical for English Breakfast blends. Excellent price too.
Confusingly, the Harney & Sons website says this stuff is 100% Keemun, while the canister implies it's a blend of Keemun and other unnamed black teas. It tastes like Keemun, though, a little smoky, with that vaguely graphite-y aroma. It's pretty smooth, easy to drink without any accoutrements, and has a good, strong, bracing flavor. $12 seems like a lot to shell out, but it's an 8 oz. tin - I've brewed several (20 oz.) pots of this and the tin still looks full.
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