REVIEW: DAVIDsTEA – David’s Breakfast Tea


Tea and origin: A blend of black teas from India (Nilgiri) and Nepal
Purchased at: DAVIDsTEA (Bleecker St, New York City)
Twitter: @DAVIDsTEA
Facebook: DAVIDsTEA
Link to David’s Breakfast Tea

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.

Tasting notes

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


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 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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