I love getting donuts at Dunkin Donuts, I’d be hard-pressed to tell you a flavor of donut that I didn’t like. On occasion, I’ll get an iced coffee or an iced tea, but usually my focus is solely on the donuts. But this is a tea blog not a donut blog! This time, I tried Dunkin Donuts’ Bold Breakfast black tea at home.
Like the best tea companies, this sample came in a silk pyramid tea bag, and there were visibly whole leaves of tea in the bag- no crushed tea powder here. I brewed it following their instructions to use boiling water and steep for 3 minutes.
The resulting brew was dark and gently fragrant. It looked like tea, smelled like tea, and guess what? It was a completely serviceable breakfast tea. It had the traditional black tea tartness and crisp mouthfeel, with plenty of flavor and caffeine to wake you up. The flavor was a bit one-note though, missing the malt or complexity of other loose leaf breakfast blends, but its one flavor is perfectly capable on its own.
Like many breakfast teas out there, when brewed black, this tea could be a tad bitter. If served iced with slices of lemon and sugar, or served hot with milk or honey, it would easily turn this tea into a more refreshing or comforting brew.
Serve this tea in a teapot on a tray, and your guests won’t suspect your tea purveyor is Dunkin Donuts. Sweeten the tea tray with some donuts and it might just be the best way to serve this tea yet. Hmm, maybe I just need a frosted donut to dunk into my mug and then this brew will be perfect!