English breakfast tea month

April is English breakfast tea month on my blog. It is a great pleasure for me to kick off my new blog with English breakfast teas because this bold blend is always one of my favourite teas to try when testing out new tea shops and companies.

There is of course a plethora of English breakfast teas on the market and I cannot even begin to discuss and photograph them all. I have picked a handful of teas from various shops/companies and price ranges. If there are any teas you would like me to review, please do not hesitate to send me an email at teaxplorer@gmail.com.

I rate teas on a 0 to 5 scale and roughly follow these guidelines:

0 – Poor tea. I did not like it at all, and I would never buy it again. Lacks taste and aroma, and I frankly question if it is really tea or sawdust.

1 – Below average tea. This is a tea that I do not want to throw out right away, but it will probably go stale in my cupboard because it is only barely drinkable.

2 – Average tea. There is no doubt it is tea – it smells and tastes like it. However, I am typically not able to distinguish the origin of the teas. It lacks any distinctive characteristics.

3 – Good tea. It lacks the ‘wow’ factor to keep me constantly going back to the shop to buy it, but it is good enough to keep on hand to serve to a non-discerning tea drinker or a frenemy.

4 – Very good tea. A great staple tea to keep on hand for everyday drinking. Memorable taste and aroma.

5 – Excellent tea. A tea that I would definitely buy again and again and again. Extremely memorable taste and aroma.

Happy drinking!


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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