REVIEW: Canton Tea Co – Traditional English Breakfast (spring 2014)

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Tea: Assam (Hajua garden), Kenyan (Kaimosi and Kapchorua estates), Rwandan (Gisovu estate), Yunnan Dian Hong
Purchased at: Canton Tea Co
Link to Traditional English Breakfast

Last February I reviewed Canton’s Traditional English Breakfast tea. At that time it was a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Yunnan teas. I thought it was a good, but I wasn’t blown away because it cupped out a stronger tea than I typically drink, and I like the idea of having a Kenyan tea in the blend because I think it is a fundamental component to the whole idea of an English breakfast tea.

This spring, master blender Phil Mumby (@RareTeaHunter) refreshed Canton’s Traditional English Breakfast and Canton English Breakfast blends. I have the greatest respect for Phil’s tea knowledge and blending abilities, so I’ve been quite keen to try these two blends. Both blends really intrigue me for different reasons: the Traditional English Breakfast because of the addition of not one but two Kenyan teas, and the Canton English Breakfast because it includes a mix of Rwandan and Ceylon teas. I will start with the refreshed Traditional English Breakfast, but keep an eye on this space for a review of the Canton English Breakfast coming soon.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is a mix of highly and moderately broken leaves

– It is a highly aromatic dry leaf. The strong aroma gives a powerful first impression about the freshness of the tea

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out a dark reddish-brown liquor that has a clean, fresh aroma

– For me, the Kenyan teas especially stand out in the flavour of the liquor, followed by the Assam. It is a robust, malty blend that has a good hit of astringency. Unlike some stronger tea blends, this tea is well balanced between robust flavour and freshness. It isn’t a mono-tasting tea that lacks any distinguishable character

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse one teaspoon of tea with 200 to 225ml of boiling water for three to four minutes. The blend is made for milk, and I’d highly recommend a good splash to round out the flavours and make it a hearty drink

– I think this blend has a freshness to it that lacked from the previous one. The previous blend was ‘bold’, no doubt, and it would get you going in the morning, but the new blend provides a winning balance between robust flavours and freshness that make it a quintessential English breakfast tea

Score:

4.75/5

Retail price: 50 grams for £3.50 / 100 grams for £7.00 / 1 kilo for £47.50

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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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