Awake English Breakfast Filterbag

55
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12 ratings
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Brand:Tazo Tea
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Awake English Breakfast Filterbag

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 8, 2018

Commercial Description

A breakfast-style black tea of malty boldness & bright flavor, invigorating any time of day.

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Reviewer pic68 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(217 reviews) on

After bringing this breakfast tea home from a conference, I tried it at dinnertime while eating a tub of cottage cheese. The tea brewed up very dark, quickly, such that a spoon disappeared from view below about the top two inches of liquid. This wasn't too surprising, considering how finely chopped the dry-bag leaves were. Yet Tazo didn't skimp on quantity here, as the bag inflates fully with the swelling of the wet leaves. The dry-bag smell was mostly plain, straight tea, not very strong; however, wet-bag and in-cup aromas got decidedly more robust and a bit malty. I don't know if that was the power of suggestion from the packaging, or real from some included Assam. I'm inclined to believe the latter, since the tea also tasted suitably strong, the way I like it.

Outside the maltiness, I didn't detect any other obvious flavors but straight-up tea, a little sour and a little bitter, but neither a turn-off, so this isn't anything that should excite tea connoisseurs much. Yet it was a hearty, strong drink that takes sweetener well, and that I would be glad to try some more. The aftertaste was a good deal more bitter than the tea, almost unpleasantly so...but faded after a few minutes. My sense is that this tea has a good caffeine punch to it. Caffeine doesn't register much for me; regardless, there was a noticeable alertness boost during and soon after consumption of the tea. I doubt the cottage cheese did that.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(10 reviews) on

Not a bad tea at all. I usually double bag it though since I like my tea strong and plentiful. I've had a lot of this as my old work used to stock it and I was never disappointed per se, but always wished it was a little better.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
(4 reviews) on

This tea is not a bad tea. With that said, I wouldn't necessarily call it a great tea. I feel it is an average tea.
The first cup I had tasted great, and I used microwaved filtered water (I was in a pinch on campus and had no other source of heating water), and it was very good. I let the teabag steep for the recommended time before disposing of it, and upon my first sip, I fell in love with this tea. It had a very delightful taste that I view as expected from the "ideal" black tea: it had a soft bitterness as its initial flavor, and a bold aftertaste that seemed slightly roasted. I was looking for an English blend that I would enjoy and I thought I had found it. As such, I purchased a few more individual bags from the campus store and the following two days I had them.
The first was brewed in my campus dorm in a stainless steel electric kettle using filtered water. I put the teabag in and removed it after the recommended time, instantly noticed a change in flavor from the first time I had it. Instead of having a bold, roasted aftertaste, it was very bitter and acidic. So much so, that when swallowing, I had to close my nose so I wouldn't taste it. The initial taste remained the same and it was enjoyable, but for some reason, it was very bitter and very acidic.
The following cup was no different, and was brewed using tap water in an electric plastic tea kettle with water poured onto it at 173ºF. I left the tea bag in for 2 minutes, and removed it. I drank it with my oatmeal that morning and it was no different - a very bitter and acidic aftertaste that made drinking it more of a chore than a delight.
With that said, I don't dislike the tea. The aftertaste may have been poor, but the main flavor was not bad at all - it was a delight. If it was the only black tea I had available upon a mix of other teas and I was in the mood for a black tea, I would drink it. However, I much rather prefer Twinings' English Breakfast Blend over this. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I added some milk, but I do not like needing to add milk to a tea - I'd rather find one I enjoy without it.
The price is not that bad (on campus, one teabag is one dollar, however I have an absurdly high amount on a non-transferrable meal plan. As such, I'm talking about the cost in the supermarket, which is $3.49). There are 20 teabags for $3.49.
If you are a fan of a bitter aftertaste, or you like the acidity of certain teas, then you will enjoy this.
With that said, maybe I brewed the tea incorrectly. However, having 2 cups steeped at different temperatures and different lengths with a different source of water yielding the same result makes me wonder if that is what it usually tastes like.
UPDATE ON REVIEW:
I have had other teas now with both with filtered water & with tap water, & I realize now that a large portion of the oddly acidic aftertaste was due ot the tap water of my home.
Through filtering water (or having a decent source of tap water that will ruin your water as it does mine), Tazo's tea tastes much better & makes it a decent breakfast tea.

The original flavor rating was a 2/5. I have adjusted it to a 3/5 to accommodate for this.
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Reviewer pic77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(24 reviews) on

Nice tea - great aroma.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(19 reviews) on

I tend to favor English Breakfast. Tazo doesn't disappoint me. Nice tea I can count on to 'awake' me just as stated. I steep for 3 mins. I take with cream and a scant of sugar. I brew bags at home, since I can usually buy a whole box for the price Starbucks want to charge me for one cup at the store. So, this is not a usual choice when I am at their house just at mine.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(66 reviews) on

This is my usual choice on work days mornings. I go to Starbucks, quick and easy. It has good flavor and will help open your eyes on an early morning.
Full leaf, so it has decent taste. Convenient.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
(176 reviews) on

Wow does this have caffeine in it or what? Dark and Black - brews up quickly and easy to find everywhere that carries Starbbucks. I usually opt for Zen or another Tazo blend to this - but if it was this or Lipton? I'd take Awake for sure. Very strong black tea.
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Reviewer pic90 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(2 reviews) on

I am addicted to this tea. I think it has a great flavor, definitely a strong flavor. I drink it with truvia and half and half.
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Reviewer pic43 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
(23 reviews) on

Opaque and dark black tea with a bit of smoothness. It has some unique qualities and is not the typical black tea, but it lacks any real complexity or richness. Quite plain, really.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(22 reviews) on

I have to say that, especially for a plain black tea, I find this divine. I’ve purchased a few boxes and it’s a staple go-to tea for a quick cup of tea that’s bold and refreshing when I have little time. I do drink it with sugar (1 tsp.) to enhance the flavor. Deep and rich, careful not to oversteep. My son enjoys it with me sometimes. Just refreshing and a nice rich black tea taste.
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