Canton English Breakfast

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Black Tea
Black Tea
Malt, Sweet, Earth, Grain, Honey
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 11 oz / 312 ml

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he first English Breakfast Tea was created in New York in the 1800s by our namesake, the original Canton Tea Co. Their black tea was a runaway success, replicated by all other tea companies. Our superior house blend has now been reformulated by Rare Tea Hunter Phil Mumby. The neat, wiry leaves of Assam provides the backbone of this tea, with richness from our own Yunnan black, a smooth creamy character from Ceylon black, and a crisp, brisk, toasty bite from Rwandan black. A quick brew is delicious without milk, but it can happily carry milk if steeped a little longer and stronger.

About Canton Tea Co View company

Canton Tea Co is a London-based tea company trading in high grade, whole leaf Chinese tea. We have exclusive access to some of the best jasmine, white, green, oolong, black and authentic puerh teas available. In our first year, we scooped Six Golds at the 2009 Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. Our Jasmine Pearls won the top three star gold award, endorsing it as the best available in the UK.

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Business usually slows down for an hour or 2 at the shop after the office working crowd got their morning coffee. Which means I have time to make coffee and tea for myself.

Today I made a pot of this tea again. It tasted as beautiful as the first time I had it.
Sweet and malty, with a good rich body, and with this slight tang from a good Ceylon to wake up my palate.

I may re-purchase after I finish this tin :)

Flavors: Malt, Sweet

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 240 ML

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My first day of spring break….the BEST day to choose what tea I want on any given morning is the one that starts a vacation! (or in this case a stay-cation!) I reached into the trusty (but overflowing) tea cupboard and out this came. I’m not gambling today… I KNOW I’ll have a great cup of tea with this one in my cup.

Canton English Breakfast is a hard one to nail down. The description states " A sophisticated blend of high grade black teas from prestigious estates in Assam, Ceylon, Rwanda and Yunnan." Intriguing? Very much so. Throw the words ENGLISH BREAKFAST in there and I’m all over it. But is a blend of too many teas too much of a good thing? After the first sip, this thought is gone from my mind.

I can easily identify 2 of the teas mentioned: the Yunnan, which gives this breakfast blend a nice solid base note of earth, topped with honey. The Assam states is presence with the malty/grainy midnote. Perhaps the Ceylon is the brightness that holds the honey as a top note. so what is the Rwandan tea doing? Probably the happy dance, because it’s included in this unique and pleasurable breakfast tea! (my guess is actually the Rwanda adds the biscuit note, but I’m just guessing) This is a tea that all breakfast blend lovers should try. It is a hearty and smooth alternative to traditional breakfast teas, that tastes like no other. If you think you want to try this tea, you WANT to try this tea.

The above was from an earlier review, and I stand by every word. This is a solid citizen in a cup. If I lived in the UK, this would be my “everyday” go-to. The full flavor palate (without being too complex) and the round mouthfeel create a lovely breakfast blend with depth and deliciousness. It’s a happy morning already.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

hmmm Rwanda, interesting :)


So far their blends have been really nice….but they recently changed the Vanilla Black and Chocolate tea blends, so I’ve just ordered them to compare before I run out of the old! :)

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