China Breakfast - Organic - Fair Trade

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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Yunnan Red
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Yunnan, China
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:China Breakfast

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This tea's info last updated: Jan. 5, 2018

Commercial Description

Our breakfast tea of choice has a robust and flavorful taste profile that is rich and malty with subtle notes of chocolate. China Breakfast is a pure Dian Hong style black tea harvested from Yunnan’s antique tea trees.

Brewing Instructions: (from Rishi Tea)

Water: 212˚F / Boiling / Leaves: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces / Infusion Time: 4–5 minutes

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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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With many Chinese teas I find the bitterness to be somewhat overwhelming, but while this tea has some definite bitterness, it is pretty smooth and not at all unpleasant. It's a strong tea with a mild grassy aroma. Very astringent. A bit of a sour aftertaste. On the second steeping when the bitterness was significantly diminished, I could maybe taste a hint of watermelon.

Bold and energizing. A good breakfast tea.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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This is a very wonderful tea, reasonably priced (about $4 per ounce on their website at the date of this review) and having appeal to both tea newbies and veterans alike. I like it better brewed for slightly shorter times than those recommended by Rishi, which seems to eliminate any bitterness and enhance the complexity.

There is a nice malty, clean & fresh briskness that lets you know this tea comes from the Yunnan Province of China--with subtle notes of cocoa and pepper that add to the taste profile. It is equally successful as an iced tea, and is a great tea to accompany meals or snacks.

For a fuller, richer and more malty brew, I agree with Alex Zorach that Rishi's Ancient Golden Yunnan is a good place to start tasting. It has a bit more natural sweetness and is also reasonably priced.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Wow. I love the aroma of this tea...it is much more vegetal than most black teas, clean and fresh, and yet warm too. Smooth and yet relatively full-bodied, but thin relative to some breakfast teas. No astringency.

I do notice the peppery tones characteristic of a dian hong. The aroma is pleasingly complex. There's a pleasant bitterness to it to. Similar to Rishi's golden Yunnan, but less malty / rich. This is a clearer (perhaps thinner) tea, but still more full-bodied than an average black teas.

The main reason that I wouldn't place this tea among the best of the best is that in spite of being so smooth, it is still rather tannic and even though it tastes gentle, it proves to be a bit harsher upon drinking the whole cup. Rishi's golden Yunnan is also a bit tannic in the finish, but for some reason, the thicker body of that tea makes it a more positive quality in that case, whereas this tea it does not go well with the thinner body.
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