English Breakfast Tea Bags

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Brand:Taylors of Harrogate
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:English Breakfast Tea Bags

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 6, 2015

Commercial Description

This much-loved classic is our special blend of teas from two of the world’s most famous tea growing countries, India and Africa. The taste is full-bodied, rich and refreshing, with a bright, inviting colour, making it the ideal tea for enjoying not just at breakfast time, but also at any time of the day.

Brewing Instructions: (from Taylors of Harrogate)

For the perfect cup we recommend that you use one tea bag. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4-5 minutes. Serve with or without milk to taste.

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Reviewer pic72 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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Each bag contains 2.5g of what looks like ground up CTC pellets. There's very little scent from the dry tea. It smells faintly woody, like a new newspaper.

This tea brews up dark. Before I've finished pouring the water, the tea is already darker than most black teas end up. By the time brewing's done, it's a deep brown-red. The aroma is richer than I was expecting and reminds me of a hardwood forest after a rain. It smells earthy and tannic, like damp oak leaves.

The flavor is crisp, mildly astringent, and quite bitter. It's far less malty than I expected from a Kenyan-Assam blend, but there's a lingering sweetness in the finish. Bitterness is the predominant sensation, but it's pleasant and mouth-watering, tasting similar to gentian root (the flavoring in Moxie soda). Though not surprising in an English Breakfast, this probably goes well with milk. Overall, it's a similar tea to other English brands, occupying a sort of middle ground; it's mellower than PG Tips, but more bitter and flavorful than Yorkshire Gold. As it cools, the flavor becomes a bit softer and rounder as the astringency asserts itself a little more. This is really quite a delightful tea and I'm enjoying each sip. It's easily my favorite Taylors of Harrogate tea so far.

At $4.50 for 20 teabags, it's more expensive than Bigelow or Twinings, but only slightly by weight because of the larger teabags.
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