English Breakfast

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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From Mariage Frères

This tea does not shy away from the strong backbone that distinguishes English Breakfast Tea. This full bodied tea has a strong aroma, deep color, and intense flavor. Traditionally served with steaming hot milk, crispy toast, and bitter marmalade for an experience to transport you to the Thames.

Amount of tea leaves: 2.5g
Best water temperature: 95 °C
Infusion time: 3-5 min

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2028 tasting notes

Decupboarded this morning. I’d been on something of a campaign to drink this up given my reaction to it, so I have been using it as extra black tea in chai as well as having it in the morning for the last couple of weeks.

Yesterday I opened up a tin of the Mariage Freres French Breakfast, and it looked and smelled utterly divine. Which makes me wonder whether there is a bit of international rivalry going on, with extra effort going into the French offering. Haven’t tasted it yet, but I’m looking forward to it, and I’m glad I’m waving goodbye to this one. Not to be repeated.

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A good blend of black teas, typically English. I like this one the morning

205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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It has been awhile. However, I seem to recall Mariage Freres’ English Breakfast tea is primarily a BOPF (fannings) grade blend. Usually, with fannings grade teas any more than 2 minutes and the tannins become overly assertive. As such, I recommend to anyone drinking this to steep it for 2 minutes at 95 degrees Celsius and try it before re-shelving.

I know the bag note says 3 minutes, but I seem to recall going with the advice for fannings grade tea in The French Art of Tea instead and rather enjoying this tea (several times, the bag is empty.)

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I have to agree with Morgana; although I love MF teas, this one leaves me wondering if I got a bad tin. There is something really off-putting to me in this blend, but can’t quite identify what it is.

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