REVIEW: Harney & Sons – Supreme Breakfast Tea


Tea and origin: A blend of black teas from Assam and Anhui Province, China (Hao Ya B)
Purchased at: Harney & Sons (Soho shop in New York City)
Twitter: @HarneyTea
Facebook: Harney & Sons
Link to Supreme Breakfast

Tasting notes

Dry leaf: The dry leaf consists of medium-sized leaves that have a fruity aroma

Infused tea: The tea cups out a dark copper-coloured liquor that has a strong fruity aroma. It is a full-bodied tea that has a low to moderate amount of astringency. Initially the liquor presents fruity, sweet flavours, but the body and finish of the tea are dominated by classic Keemun notes that are smoky and toasty

Infusion tips: To drink with milk, infuse with boiling water for four to five minutes. Infuse three to four minutes to drink without

Conclusions: During the winter, I occasionally shake up my typically morning routine of drinking a strong pot of Assam with Keemun. I find the smoky and toasty flavours of the Keemun comforting on cold mornings. This tea would be a great substitute for my winter morning shake up. I think this is a versatile tea that goes really well with or without milk. Personally, I don’t detect much Assam in the blend. The Assam might add a subtle maltiness to the finish, but the Hao Ya B is the star of the show, which I don’t mind

Retail price: Sample for $2.00 / 4 ounce tin for $10.00 / 8 ounce tin for $19.00 / 1 pound bag for $32.00


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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