No. 1851 Portland Breakfast

Tea type
Black Pu-erh Blend
Assam Black Tea, Chinese Keemun Black Tea, Pu Erh Tea
Dark Wood, Malt, Smoke
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Loose Leaf, Sachet
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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 14 oz / 414 ml

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Big, strong and assertive, with notes of malt, leather, spice, and a touch of peat. Not quite as astringent as other breakfast teas. Just rich, dark and perfect for a rainy Portland morning.

For best flavor, bring freshly drawn filtered water to a rolling boil. Steep five minutes. Indulge in a decadent donut.

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1719 tasting notes

Grabbed from a TTB. The black tea had decent depth, but I’m not a fan of the inclusion of puerh here because I don’t personally love that fishy profile, and the flavor is pretty strong. It’s not strong enough to make me stop drinking, but I certainly wouldn’t choose to have it again.

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2903 tasting notes

Early in my tea journey I didn’t like Breakfast Blends, but I am warming to them now.
This is fairly nice. Strong, but not so strong that it affects the taste. Its just the sort of gentle hand I like to ease me into a morning.
I rarely have tea with milk or sugar in it, but i think it would taste really nice with this tea. Maybe I’ll have to try it.

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10 tasting notes

Good breakfast tea. Robust, yet smooth enough to drink with or without milk and sugar.

Flavors: Dark Wood, Malt

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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1130 tasting notes

Todd shared this tea with me last weekend when I met up with him at Anime Oasis in Boise. Of course, because I was tired after a full day of walking around downtown Boise and going to con panels and was happy to curl up on the hotel bed with a cup of tea and knit my blankie while binge-watching The Umbrella Academy, it wasn’t like I wrote a review for this while I was drinking the tea, like I usually do, and with my migraine-brain, my memory is worse than Dory. I do recall it was a very nice black tea blend, though, on par with the quality I’ve come to associate with Steven Smith Teamaker. It was malty, but I remember a nice, but not overbearing, smoky note to the tea which made the presense of Chinese tea leaves very noticable, and I always dig a black tea blend with a strong Chinese black flavor. I really love Steven Smith Teamaker’s British Brunch (formerly called Brahmin) and rank that one of my favorite EB’s of all time, and it would be hard for me to recall off the top of my head which of these two breakfast blends is superior; if I ever have the chance to sample Portland Breakfast again, I’ll try to write something “in the moment” so I can better record the flavor notes. But I at least wanted to jot something down for the history books that I tried this one this year.

Flavors: Malt, Smoke

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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