Breakfast Blend

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Black Tea
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Astringent, Bitter, Earthy, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Woody, Tea, Maple Syrup, Oak, Wet Earth
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 19 oz / 554 ml

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From Numi Organic Tea

This complex blend of organic black teas – malty Assam, robust Ceylon, brisk Chinese Keemum and hints of floral Darjeeling – creates a hearty, balanced morning cup.

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I found a bunch of neglected tea bags from various companies, and I’m hoping that one or more of them will satisfy my cravings for a strong, robust cup of tea. I decided to start with Numi because I’ve fond memories of this company from happy college cafeteria days (this is the brand UVic carried when I attended there; I always went for the Gunpowder or Mint though).

Even though my nose is super muted, I still can smell a touch of delicious, caffeine-filled black tea (bliss)! To taste, I still manged to get “sweet potato” and “malt” from this bright, bitter, slightly sweet tea – which is more than I hoped for (you can tell Numi includes Chinese black tea in this blend). It’s a lovely tea bag that’s as satisfying as turning rich, fine loam in the garden – but it’s possibly too lovely to add the planned honey and lemon.

Also, despite steeping the bag for 5 minutes in a tiny mug the astringency is more minimal than I was anticipating – something that only asserted itself after I finished my cup. But take that with a grain of salt; my head is currently cotton mush.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Earthy, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes, Woody

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I like this one, too.


Yes, I may need to get more Numi when I finally run out of the unending supply of tea bags I stumbled upon today :)

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My go-to loose leaf breakfast tea

Flavors: Tea

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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A decent bagged tea with enough bite to let you know it’s black tea, but not so much as to need sweetener or milk. It’s so blended I can’t really pick out any interesting flavors, it’s not a tea I’d reach for again, but it’s not the worst bagged breakfast blend either.


I liked this one, too!

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2784 tasting notes

I’ve quietly replenished this a couple of times in the past year or so without mentioning it, simply because it’s a good no-fuss, no-fail morning staple. One other review mentioned that Numi has blended it so well, nothing stands out significantly. That about captures it. Smooth, (very slightly) sweet caffeine.


Yes, this is a smooth, even blend :)

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1459 tasting notes

A good bagged tea strong enough to accompany a breakfast of homemade biscuits and gravy, eggs, avocado and spinach. Cuts through that heaviness while still shining in flavor. Mostly malty, a little woody, and a little sweet with a substantial citrus tinge.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

I had this mistakenly listed as English Breakfast. Discovered it recently and absolutely love it for your reasons listed above. Running out way too quickly.


Yeah, this is probably the most appealing bagged plain black tea I’ve had. I don’t put milk or sugar in my teas and don’t enjoy heavy, malty and tannic bagged blacks for that reason. This one’s light enough to enjoy without adornments but still very functional as a breakfast tea.


I just really want your breakfast now. om nom.


Hehe. I forgot to mention the biscuits were made from sourdough cultured with California air and the gravy was pork-free because my coworker is Muslim. But a good dash of Worcestershire sauce in the gravy and a hint of bacon in the perfectly ripe, creamy avocado made up for it. Some salty Irish cheddar went into the eggs. The spinach was served wilted with a pinch of salt. Hehehehe.

lizwykys cries *

Oh no! I’m sorry! If you ever find yourself in California, we’ll cook a nice breakfast for you :)


Okay! :D I’ll bring teagifts!

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4054 tasting notes

Mastress Alita’s sipdown challenge – September Tea #1 – A Breakfast Tea

So eyeing the list for September prompts, I might actually have a few possible challenge possibilities from what I brought along in my gallon zip bag of teas. Scratch that. Uncannily, I might be able to accomplish ALL the prompts with my gallon zipbag of teas, though they may not be actual sipdowns!   I like to bring a few teaspoons of each tea along, for variety so I don’t get bored with a tea, but also for space saving.  20 teaspoons = too much for travel.  1 teaspoon = not saving enough space in that gallon zip bag (too much packaging, not enough tea).   So this will be fun seeing what prompts I can accomplish away from my tea stash.

This tea is Not a sipdown and I’m glad.  I always forget this is just about the best black tea bag.  And accurate with the “breakfast” name. It’s so rich while not being astringent, two steeps.  I usually bring this specific tea traveling…


I agree. This one is very, very good! (Yet another reason to run by Natural Grocers this weekend!)


I haven’t tried this one, but I like their puerh. May keep an eye out for it.


I normally really like Numi’s teas, so I’ve added this one to my list to try. My favorite was their decaf black vanilla but I think it’s been discontinued for a while now. :(


Shae – YEEESSSSS my very favorite from Numi is also their decaf Vanilla black. So good I don’t know why they would have discontinued it. I had it ages ago and it has the distinction of being the very first tea on my Steepster wishlist. Let me know if you ever find it anywhere! I will do the same.


I will, for sure! Thank you!

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NOTE: This review is on the LOOSE LEAF version of the tea.

I enjoy Numi’s organic black teas, in bags or loose leaf, particularly their Chinese Breakfast selection. They also offer some of the best prices I’ve found for a pound of loose leaf tea during their periodic sales. A sale was going on this week so I thought this would be a perfect time to try another Numi product.

The tea leaves in the one pound bag were short and black. The smell was rich and tea-like. No specific aroma jumped out at me.

I steeped the leaves at 212 degrees for five minutes. The brewed aroma had a slightly sweet vegetable quality to it. The color was bright amber.

My whole cup of this tea maintained a pronounced and distinctive taste throughout. The flavor reminded me of sweet potatoes lightly sprinkled with maple syrup. The overall effect was quite smooth and only slightly sweet. I didn’t detect any harshness. The aftertaste was brief and appealing.

This Numi blend turned out to be even better than I hoped. The achievement made the extremely reasonable sale price that much more delightful. I am going to add this brew to my official morning tea rotation. I predict that I will be ordering another pound before this time next year.

Flavors: Maple Syrup, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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484 tasting notes

This is a decent black tea. It has a pleasant sweet potato note, but it is rather bitter. It tastes mild enough that it might not stand up to milk well, so if I were to make it again, I would probably steep it for a shorter period of time.

Flavors: Bitter, Sweet Potatoes

Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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687 tasting notes

Another tea I picked up for travel. At first, it has a nice malt scent. Once brewed, it is very… bold. There are a few different teas in this blend, but I mostly get Assam flavours. Which is normally something I like, but comes across a little too strong here.

Flavors: Malt

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My pallet is not that sophisticated, so I am only giving this an 80. This, however, is really good black tea. It is deep and rich, with notes I barely notice in supermarket brands. It definitely has an oaky note. It’s astringent, but not sharp.. even after sitting out a bit.

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