REVIEW: Clipper – English Breakfast

Clipper - English Breakfast

Tea: Blend of organic Assam and Ceylon teas.
Purchased at: Whole Foods Market, Kensington, London (April 2013).
Retail price: £2.39 (125 gram box).
https://shop.clipper-teas.com/teas/specialities/fairtrade-organic-english-breakfast-loose-leaf-tea

My comments:
I expected big things from this tea because I think Clipper’s Everyday Tea is the best tea bag in the mid-range market. Unlike boxes of Clipper tea bags that are available in just about every supermarket, I had to search extensively around London for Clipper’s loose English Breakfast tea.

The tea is highly broken (almost like ground coffee), and when steeped it produces a very strong brew that requires a good splash of milk to tame its tannins. While the aroma and the taste of the tea is OK, it lacks anything unique or distinctive to make it particularly memorable.

My rating: 2.5/5

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Steeped four minutes

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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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