REVIEW: Tea People – English Breakfast

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Tea: A blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Kenyan black teas
Sample provided by: Tea People
Link to English Breakfast on Tea People website

Tea People have always carried an English breakfast tea, but they just tweaked their breakfast blend. At the London Coffee Festival last week, Neeraj and Vishaka Agarwal gave me a sample of their newly blended English breakfast tea, which includes Assam, Darjeeling and Kenyan black teas. Before it was pure Assam.

Dry leaf:
– It is a medium-sized dry leaf and well sorted. A few bits of Darjeeling are visible, as well as a few golden tips
– The dry leaf is not particularly aromatic

Infused tea:
– The liquor has a vibrant coppery colour
– Like the dry leaf, the liquor is not particularly fragrant, but there is a slight muscatel aroma
– Initially the liquor has a nice malty mouthfeel. The Darjeeling gives it a lifting finish
– It is a medium to full-bodied liquor that is definitely strong enough to be called a breakfast tea

Conclusions/tips:
– I found this tea tasted best when infused for four to five minutes and drunk with a splash of milk. For me, the milk rounded out the flavours of the malty Assam and Kenyan teas and the muscatel notes of the Darjeeling
– I used to shy away from English breakfast blends that diverged too far away from some combination of Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas. I will have to say that I am far more drawn these days to English breakfast blends that have a dash of Darjeeling, Yunnan or Keemun, as they seem to make a more complex liquor – just as long as it is not over done. Tea People have a great blend here. The Assam and Kenyan teas give it strength and maltiness, while the Darjeeling provides a satisfying, refreshing finish.

Score:
4.25/5

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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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