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

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Tea: A blend of Assam (Mokhroy and Siajuli estates), Yunnan (Feng Qing), Ceylon (Doomgastawala estate) and Rwandan (Rukeri estate) teas
Purchased at: Canton Tea Co
Twitter: @cantontea
Facebook: Canton Tea Co
Link to Canton English Breakfast

Canton English Breakfast is the second blend refreshed by master blender Phil Mumby, the Rare Tea Hunter. Compared to Canton Traditional English Breakfast,  Canton English Breakfast has larger leaves and contains two Assam teas, not one, and a Ceylon tea. It does not have any Kenyan teas, which form the heart of the Traditional English Breakfast blend. While I really enjoyed the refreshed Traditional English Breakfast, my first impression of Canton English Breakfast (i.e. its leaf appearance and aroma) is very positive, as it looks like the type of black tea that I’m typically drawn to. Only taste will tell, so read on to see what I think.

Dry leaf:

– The dry leaf is medium to full-sized with twisted leaves and a few golden tips

– It has a pronounced sweet aroma. The tea smells extremely fresh

Infused tea:

– The tea cups out an orangish/coppery liquor that is not too dark and has a strong fruity aroma

– It is an extremely smooth tea that is medium-bodied. The liquor is packed full of complex flavours: the body is rich and malty, and the tea has a sweet finish

Tips/conclusions:

– Infuse with water just off the boil for two minutes to drink without milk, or three to three and half minutes to drink with milk. Only add a small splash of milk, as too much milk will stuff up the complex flavours of the tea

– This is really an ideal tea for me for two reasons: 1) It is versatile – that is, it can be taken with or without milk. This used to be of no concern to me, but I’ve started drinking more and more black teas without milk, and I really value versatile teas. 2) It has complex flavours that really make me think that I could drink this tea every day for breakfast and be totally happy. While I do occasionally like a tea that will make a spoon stand up in my cup, this is the type of tea that I love, with its malty-sweet combination, which I put down to the blend of Assam, Ceylon and Rwandan teas

– While I have enjoyed all the black teas I’ve tried from  Canton, this tea is by far my favourite. I could really see this tea being my everyday breakfast tea, as it flavours hold my interest cup after cup, and the liquor is strong enough to get me going. This tea is great value for money, and I’d give it my top recommendation

Score:

5/5

Retail price: 50 grams for £4.50 / 100 grams for £7.50 / 500 grams for £36.00

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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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