English Breakfast Decaffeinated

This page is for the decaf version. See also English Breakfast.

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Brand:Twinings
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Decaffeinated
Region:?????
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:English Breakfast Decaffeinated

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

Commercial Description

...The refreshing and invigorating flavor makes English Breakfast one of the most popular black teas to drink at any time or occasion - not just for breakfast...

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Reviewer pic56 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(45 reviews) on

Like the others who reviewed this, I was surprised that it tastes nothing like the regular Twinings English Breakfast. I remember that tasting more woody and malty, with a bit of the usual Assam dried fruit note. This has some slightly tangy tropical fruit notes that make me think of Keemun, but it also has this weird graphite thing (I think someone else said the same thing). The finish is slightly spicy, again making me think of Keemun, and a little bitter. This honestly seems like a low grade decaffeinated Keemun with the other teas in the blend just masking some of its flaws: I would expect a harsh smokiness if it was unblended, for example, while I'm not getting that from this.

I prefer this to the regular English Breakfast, but it feels so close to a Keemun that it makes me just want the real thing rather than a low quality, decaffeinated, blended version.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
(135 reviews) on

While the dry tea is nearly odorless, the brewed tea smells much more like tea than many of its decaf competitors. The aroma is faint, but is of a tannic oakiness and light maltiness rather than just wet leaves.

I'll start by saying that the flavor of this tea is very weak and there's no comparison between this tea and even mediocre caffeinated teas. Compared to other unflavored decaffeinated black teas, though, this tea shines. There are detectable bitter and astringent flavors. There's also a hint of something that I'm tempted to call medicinal. According to the Twinings website, carbon dioxide is used for decaffeination, though, so at least it's not solvent I'm tasting.

When this tea cools, as with most teas, some of the flavors begin to intensify. It's still weak, but the bitterness and astringency play on the tongue and, along with the slightly malty aroma, are quite tasty.

Of the unflavored decaf blacks, this is my favorite. Keep in mind, though, just what a low hurdle that is; my praise for this tea is based on the fact that it does, in fact, taste recognizably like tea. Even Twinings' more expensive competitors, however, apparently have trouble with this seemingly minimal requirement.
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Reviewer pic46 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
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Meh. It's OK - and as Alex indicated it tastes much differently that the (also "Meh") caffeinated version. I get these in my office for free and only drink it when my own "personal stash" of "good tea" has been depleted. Twinings is inexpensive and easy to find.

This is a black tea with a bit of acidity to it. I usually add 2 "Splenda". And lemon - if available.
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Reviewer pic50 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
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I was surprised to find this tea tasted completely different from the caffeinated version of Twinings English Breakfast. The caffeinated tea, I found bland and uninteresting.

This wasn't exactly the most flavorful tea. I brewed with boiling water and steeped for three minutes. Flavor is muted, but the aroma has pleasant fruity and floral tones. Surprisingly light-bodied and doesn't seem to live up to the style.

Oddly, I find the character of the cup is changed little by adding milk.

This certainly wasn't a great tea, but it exceeded my expectations and I was surprised to actually like it more than the caffeinated version, which was a rare occurrence.
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