Grabbed a sample from a tea box. This isn’t one of the more interesting straight teas I’ve tried recently. With milk and sugar, the flavor is fairly deep and decent, but I don’t love it. I’d prefer something maltier, but it was fine to drink.
“Grabbed a sample from a tea box. This isn’t one of the more interesting straight teas I’ve tried recently. With milk and sugar, the flavor is fairly deep and decent, but I don’t love it. I’d prefer...” Read full tasting note
“#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #77 overall / Tea #44 for February Thursday 2/25 — Starting to gather a collection when my boyfriend M asks me to make another black tea for kombucha. This was a sample...” Read full tasting note
“There is a slight hint of bitterness, but not so much that I had to add milk to neutralize it. Predominantly tart/fruit in flavor. I’ll try some dairy to mellow it out for the next cup.” Read full tasting note
“The best tea I have had in a while. I think it was complex a mix of sweetness and slight citrus. Some hay notes and pretty bitter. It can only be steeped once.” Read full tasting note
Awarded 1st place in the 2014 North American Tea Championship in the “Breakfast Blend” category!
This tea is a perfect blend of strength and complexity-which is pretty rare. The Lumbini Estate has blended many broken golden tips into this tea, giving it a thick/weighty mouth feel, with multiple dark fruit notes, a clarity and brightness as you sip, and a lingering finish with just a hint of briskness.
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CeylonEGO Tea Company
#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #77 overall / Tea #44 for February
Thursday 2/25 — Starting to gather a collection when my boyfriend M asks me to make another black tea for kombucha. This was a sample (12g?) from 2020 Virtual Tea Festival box, can’t remember if it was for tasting competition or just regular freebie. Would not be something I’d be sipping normally so good to make use.
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I must admit, I wasn’t especially excited to receive 2oz of this free with my last TeaSource order. Most of the straight Ceylon teas I’ve tried in the past have been too brisk and/or bitter for my tastes, so I didn’t expect to be a fan. But this one is actually quite lovely! It’s robust yet smooth with some nice fruity notes. I like it straight, but it really shines with a splash of milk. I may even end up re-ordering when I finish off this bag, because it’s becoming a breakfast staple!
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth
I saw this tea repeatedly during the summer and ignored it going on sale more than once. I didn’t realize it at the time but since I started drinking loose leaf I had completely stopped drinking any sort of ‘breakfast’ teas other than a heavy dose of CTC in my chai mix. All those finely cut leaves just screamed low quality, and when I tried this tea during a sample day my suspicions that ‘taste test winner’ or no this was still a tea not fit to be drunk without sugar or milk were confirmed. So I continued to ignore it until after drinking through a bunch of chocolate malty Chinese blacks from yunnan sourcing made me start craving something brought and bold in the morning. I picked this up on a whim after that and ended up quite enjoying it. it had a number of small golden tipped pieces and brew up a beautiful clear ruby brown color. It does taste indeed a lot like the English breakfast tea bags I remember but clearer if that makes any sense. It certainly does not need any milk or sugar although it does have to be brewed with care to prevent the bitterness from getting out of hand much like what must have happened to that sad sample I tried.
TL;DR Good bold bright breakfast tea, no milk or sugar required.
I received 2 oz. of this tea for free after ordering several other teas from Tea Source and so far I’m relatively happy with it. While it doesn’t really smell like much in the bag (basically it just smells like generic black tea), it has a nice smooth taste that first time tea drinkers would enjoy. Even as a bit of an old hat with tea I still find drinking this tea enjoyable. I let it steep for about 10 minutes, since I like my black tea nice and strong and then doctored it with a little bit of local honey and lactaid. It stands up to the ‘milk and sugar’ very well and has a smooth robust flavor that sits surprisingly gently on the palate. When left to steep this long it comes out in a beautiful mahogany color that turns into a gorgeous tan when milk is applied. While it wouldn’t be my first choice for my early cuppa, it is perfect for those who don’t want a ‘blended’ tea first thing in the morning. Or for somebody new to tea.
Flavors: Earth, Peat, Smooth, Thick
This is one of several Ceylon teas we ordered from TeaSource, one of three we’ve tried. So far this is smack in the middle. Not a keeper by any means—but drinkable. I find it hard to summon much more enthusiasm than that, but I should note I’m not generally a fan of Ceylon teas—at least thus far—I find them very basic, not standouts, and this one isn’t an exception, with nothing that much distinguishes or detracts. It does stand up well to milk.