REVIEW: Twinings – English Breakfast

Twinings - English Breakfast

Tea: Blend of teas from ‘several origins’.
– Purchased at: Waitrose (March 2013).
– Retail price: £2 (125 gram box).

My comments:
For many in and outside of Britain, Twinings is an iconic tea brand. The tea leaves of its Original English Breakfast blend are highly broken, and it is not the most visually stimulating tea. Although the price of this tea is on the low side of the luxury market, it does offer drinkers a bold yet refreshing and uplifting brew that lacks in most cheaper loose teas (and pretty much all tea bags).

When I first tried this tea, its Ceylon content made me think that it might border on an afternoon blend and be suitable with or without milk. Upon further tasting, I would say that its stronger teas (probably Indian and Kenyan) need a splash of milk to mellow it out.

My rating: 3.25/5


Steeped four minutes


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 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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