When trying to decide what tea to review at DAVIDsTEA, I noticed that their website stated that their David’s Breakfast Tea will ‘change your life’. Always looking for a little life change and a good tea, I just couldn’t resist. Read on to see what I made of this tea.
Dry leaf: The dry leaf is a mix of broken and medium-sized leaves. Some larger leaves are wiry, whilst others appear rolled. The dry leaf has a strong floral aroma
Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark brown liquor that has a sweet, smoky aroma. It is a medium-bodied tea with a moderate amount of astringency. The liquor has a smoky, sweet body and a spicy finish
Infusion tips: Infuse this tea four to six minutes with 95C water. It can be drunk with or without milk
Conclusions: This tea isn’t overloaded with tannins like some breakfast teas, so it can be drunk with or without milk. I personally like the way a little milk rounds out the smoky and spicy notes and makes the liquor a bit richer. The smoky-spicy combination in this tea pleasantly surprised me. Although this tea has characteristics that remind me of a smoky black Chinese tea (e.g. a Keemun), the smokiness isn’t overpowering. I enjoy the complexities in this tea, and I like that it isn’t your standard breakfast blend. In the end, I consider this tea breakfast/morning changing, perhaps not life changing
Retail price: 50 grams for $7.50 / 100 grams for $15.00 / 250 grams for $37.50