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