Leaf Type: Black
Where To Buy: Perennial Tea Room
The Perennial Tea Room’s own breakfast blend
The best of the breakfast teas from India, China and Malaysia create a flavorful cup to start your day.
When I first heard of this tea on Steepster, I knew I had to try it since I live in Washington State. Of course, Seattle is on the opposite side of the state (we’re practically in Portland, OR), but it is still a pride thing, you know? I have this desire to try teas that have been named to represent the Pacific Northwest.
And this tea is an excellent representative. Dry, it smells much like many black teas smell. Brewed, it presents itself as a strong, stout cup of tea with solid notes of earth.
But it is not so much how this tea smells. When it comes to breakfast blends, it is about taste and texture. This has that bake-y, biscuit-y kind of taste to it, like the warm crust from a freshly baked loaf of sourdough bread, although I am not getting as much of the that “chewy” kind of texture from this cup. It is there, but, just as it arrives, it seems to be washed over by an incredible smoothness. But that is not something to be disappointed over, because the smoothness is quite rewarding in its own right.
The flavor of this cup is so pleasant and quite unlike any blend I’ve ever encountered. It starts off with a brisk flavor that is immediately followed by a malty tone. A fruit note weaves its way in and out of the sip. The sweetness of this tea is more of an undertone, delivering a sweet note throughout the sip but it isn’t too overbearing. But its the aftertaste that grabs me as unique. It is sweet with a slightly nut-bread kind of taste. Very pleasant, indeed.
This is the kind of tea that inspires me to wake up and face the day! Just what you’d want from a breakfast blend!