Royal English Breakfast

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Sachet
Product page:Royal English Breakfast

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

A stout combination of Indian black teas makes a smooth, full-bodied brew. Royal English Breakfast is delicious when complemented with milk and sugar.

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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
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As with their "Green Tea with Coconut & Ginger", I got this at a last-day estate sale for a quarter (proportionate fraction of a bulk pantry buy). Not per bag, but for the entire tin! That's the best value I've had for a good tea. However, you probably can't match that. So how costly is it, for real? A peek at the bottom of the 30-sachet tin revealed the original sticker price of $10.25 retail, since inflated to $12.89 on Amazon as of this writing. As my grown kids' former teen peers might have said, this had better be, "like, you know, like, the best tea evaaaaarrrr" to justify that outlay.

It ain't. But don't despair.

I bet you won't regret drinking it if you can find it at a steep (pun intended) discount. Brewed best a bit longer than usual recommended times—try 5 minutes—this is a rich, almost savory black tea, with well-balanced, thick smoothness to it, and a nice, strong flavor that doesn't go overboard with any particular element (bitterness, astringency, etc.). The pyramidal sachets swell up nicely after steeping too, with noticeably more (and better) aroma than the rather bland dry-bag sniff test. This indicates that Harney doesn't skimp on quantity at all, and chooses a very good tea blend for this product. I'll be sad when this tin is done...not just because I'll never again get a reasonably high-quality black tea for less than a penny per bag, but because it's actually good enough to be worth somewhere about halfway between what I paid and the retail cost.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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Very nice - i like this one - comes in loose and sachets (not bags - I don't think) and I tried it in a sachet form. very nice aroma and easy to drink with or without sweetener. It is caffeinated but not like a "Lipton Black" - much more mellow. Not as good as a straight Darjeeling (first flush, baby!) but a good solid morning tea. Also good if you need to sip on something at work and you are sick.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I enjoyed this in a Barnes and Noble cafe. Compared to Tazo Awake, I prefer this tea pretty solidly. It's perhaps a bit mellower, but I think more complex and smoother.

This was a solid black breakfast tea. It didn't quite scream "English" the way some English Breakfast blends did, but it did strike me as a typical black tea, moderate strength, moderate body.

I thought it was held back a bit by the paper cup it was served in; this tea would do better to be served in a proper teacup or mug.

Although this was a pleasant tea, I'd be unlikely to buy it in sachets, as it seems overpriced. Like many of Harney's teas in their line of whole-leaf-sachets-in-tins, I thought this one was good to drink while served it in a cafe, but not worth the price to buy on my own, when it competes against Harney's very reasonably priced loose-leaf teas.
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