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English Breakfast

This page is for the caffeinated version. See also English Breakfast Decaffeinated.

16 ratings
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Style:English Breakfast
Product page:English Breakfast

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

Commercial Description

Tea from Kenya and Malawi provides the briskness and coppery-red colour while Assam gives full-body and flavour. The robustness from these regions is complemented by the softer and more subtle teas from China and Indonesia. The combination of these varieties yields a complex, full-bodied, lively cup of tea that is perfect any time of day.

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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
(125 reviews) on

The golden tag accompanying the bag says, "Over 300 years of experience." To adapt something an old professor of mine used to say: "Experience is only an advantage if you learn and improve. If you stay the same, you might as well have one year of experience repeated 300 times." Given the unimpressive character of this tea, neither bad nor particularly hearty, I get the impression they found a formula that was passably tolerable, that some might even consider fairly good on those cold and wet London winter evenings, built a following based on that formula during a time when few other options existed in little Olde English markets of yore, and persisted with repeating one year of experience every year, ever since.

Bags of this blend arrived at a restaurant table (Cracker Barrel is serving this for now), and despite my unfavorable impression and review of their "loose-leaf" English Breakfast, I figured to take it home to try. I put "loose-leaf" in quotes because that version is ground up finely, to a dry consistency almost indistinguishable from bagged tea. The first thing I noticed was that, unlike other Twinings bagged teas I've had, it was swaddled in a moisture- and air-sealed wrapper, instead of plain paper. Despite that seeming advantage, a slightly stronger than expected dry-bag aroma, and its unexpectedly rich, dark color when poured, the taste left me saying, "nothing special here". It was bland, not very strong, and rather bitter finish and even more bitter aftertaste. Other than that bitterness out of proportion to the base flavor, this tea isn't "unpleasant", but nothing I would run to the store to buy proactively. Also of note: both bags I ultimately used had a 2-mm hole at and below where the string went through...sloppy mechanical packaging, I suspect. I was careful in keeping the top up, so as to not let to many of those finely chopped leaves into the drink.

However, it was slightly stronger and fresher tasting than their loose-leaf version in the red tin, so I'll give it a tad higher overall rating.
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Reviewer pic60 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(3 reviews) on

After having originally drank the earl grey from Twinnings for a couple weeks, I decided I wanted to try some of their other types, and I had been drinking this one ever since. I'd arguably say that this tea is not quite as powerful as the earl grey, but it's smoother, and doesn't have any overpowering aftertaste. The flavors blend perfectly in my opinion (although, I'm not what you call the most experienced drinker of tea, but I do have quite a love for it.)

I actually prefer this over the earl grey for it's well balanced taste- well worth the price. While the aroma is once again not particularly noteworthy, I do have to say I caught myself just sitting there and taking in the fragrance.
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Reviewer pic95 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
(8 reviews) on

This tea is exceptional! English breakfast tea is by far my favorite tea by twining and by far my favorite tea in general! This tea goes very well with milk and creates a soft, silky and satisfying texture. This tea is not to robust nor light, it's just right. If you really want to make this tea even better, use half and half or whole milk! The tea will then be rich and creamy!
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Reviewer pic65 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
(4 reviews) on

Twinings English Breakfast is my favorite of the brands I can find at a supermarket. It has a taste distinct from most black teas I've had, and it's one that I don't really mind.
How Twinings describes this tea is rather accurate. The flavor is indeed "complex." When taking an initial sip, it's hard to make out a distinct flavor. However, in about a second, the flavor would hit me - a robust and bold flavor with a bit of bitterness, and not much else. The tea has a smooth tone to it as well, which allows it to go down easily. Upon drinking this, the flavor is VERY easily divided into three parts: the initial flavor (very soft and robust), the lingering flavor (equally robust but bitter and strong), and the aftertaste (soft and slightly...fruity? I'm not sure if fruity is the right word). It is very distinct, and I could mark the exact period the flavors changed in my mouth.
It has a fragrant smell, a leafy and woody smell that seems to be signature of many black teas available in a supermarket. The scent doesn't quite stand out and it certainly fades from memory quickly, but regardless it is a pleasant smell and it is by no means a bad smell.
Like most of my teas, I brew using my stainless steel electric kettle and filtered water. I brought it to a boil and poured onto the teabag, letting it steep for 3 minutes before disposing of the bag. I drank it without any milk or sugar.
This tea is, to me, certainly better than Tazo's English Breakfast blend to my palette, which features a bitter and acidic aftertaste and a more bitter flavor overall. It is much better than Bigelow's English Teatime blend as well, which has little flavor across the board and reminds me a bit of cardboard with an aftertaste of hot water.
It's a good tea for a good price. It definitely is not my favorite black tea - however, of the three English breakfast blends I've tried (Bigelow, Tazo, and Twinings), I would recommend Twinings over any other.
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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(3 reviews) on

I recently have started drinking tea a few months ago. This blend is my favorite, smooth, flavorful, and I drink it daily. I boil water, pour over teabag and let steep 3-4 mins. I usually don't add anything but when I do ill toss in a sugar cube. Im still a newbie but compared to other store bought brands it isn't that bad if you live in a rural area with few options unless you order online.
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Reviewer pic40 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
(7 reviews) on

This is a medium strength blend with a sharp taste that reminds me of tobacco. It definitely likes some milk and sugar in it. However, I try to avoid adding sugar to anything, so I also mostly avoid this tea blend.
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Reviewer pic63 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(46 reviews) on

This is my everyday black tea, as it's a few hundred times better than Lipton and still affordable. It's okay on its own, but I usually add cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, sugar and milk to make my own chai. I don't find it to be too strong or astringent, but I don't steep it for very long and I never go for a second brew.
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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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Just yesterday I brewed a pot of Twinings English Breakfast Tea (loose leaf) for an impromptu tea party with my sister who is a coffee drinker. She loved it! It's flavor is malty with pleasant notes of nuts and toast. Both comforting and energizing, this tea is great for a morning wake up brew or a soothing pick me up cup in the afternoon. Like a faithful friend, Twinings English Breakfast Tea comes through for me every time. It is a nice tea that I will always have on hand in my tea pantry.
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
(293 reviews) on

I'm not sure if I'll ever be crazy about black teas. I got a sampler pack of Twinings black teas so that I could try out my tastes, and this one was the most *meh* to me. Neither the aroma nor the taste were my style. I think I'll bring the remainder of these to work for others to use.
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I actually enjoyed the first & second infusion of the teabag I brewed out of sheer desperation. Maybe it was because I was sick, maybe it was the 2 packets of Splenda I added (no honey to be found) and maybe it was because a hot cup of ANYTHING would have helped, but I rather liked the Twinings. Not a holy grail, but not bad. A little bit of a bitter after-taste. I've had better and I've had worse.

Update: It is now 2018 and I (again) was desparate for a hot cuppa at the office - and this actually tasted great with 2 packets of "sugar in the raw".
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