Search for English Breakfast tea and you will find hundreds, maybe thousands. Amongst those many, many teas, you will find a boggling number of different blends. Some are straight Keemun and nothing else, harking back to the original English Breakfast type that was enjoyed in Britain. Some are a blend of Chinese and Indian tea, or of Assam and Ceylon, or Kenyan. And they can be very different.
Walters Bay specializes in Ceylon tea, and this breakfast blend is 100% Ceylon. I have the sachets in individual envelopes, and made note that the website says these contain 3 grams of tea. Great news, because that means it is intended for a mug rather than a little china tea cup.
Even better news is that I have resteeped this bag more than once and still have a good cup of tea, so there is enough here to keep you going through a big breakfast or a long morning at work.
The taste is malty with low briskness. While it doesn’t need milk or sugar by any means, the maltiness means it can take it if you like to add it. It paired well with food, and was enjoyable without.
There is a high honeyed citrus aroma, like orange, that I find in most Ceylon teas. I think this would make a smashing sweet iced tea, as well. There are few deep notes, typical of Ceylon tea. I would classify it as a good, sturdy, reliable Ceylon tea.
From the back of the envelope:
Without question, the care provided to our workers and their families is directly reflected in the quality of our tea. By purchasing this tea directly from a grower, our tea connoisseurs promote social and environmental sustainability programs in our tea gardens and surrounding communities. These initiatives include child care centers, schools, retirement savings plans, and medical care for our tea estate workers and their families. As a grower, our care for the land and its resources is sacred. Like the growers at your local farmers market, we at Walters Bay take great pride in what we grow.
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Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Walters Bay
English Breakfast Black Tea begin with freshly hand-plucked tea leaves in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Our Award-Winning Pekoe 1 black tea grade is meticulously processed during the Western High Grown season. This grade of tea offers a classic Ceylon signature flavor profile that is ideal as an English Breakfast Tea. It is a full bodied tea with a slight malty character and exceptional aroma. Great as a stand alone cup or with a dash of milk.
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Hello dear reader, among all the interesting tea that is available in today’s market, it is nice to find a tea blend that doesn’t stray too far from the classic blends. Of course, I am talking about English Breakfast, the blend that never fails to fit my every mood. So I was more than happy to brew a cup of this English Breakfast especially when it is from a company from which I am surprised that I have never heard of for this company is 151 years old!
As I am sure is the case for most of you, this tea tastes like your typical English Breakfast blend. But that is not saying it is not good, this tea is definitely one of the best cups of English Breakfast that I have had. This tea is perfectly bold and bright with a soft dry finish combined with a perfectly sweet malty flavor. I was sad that I only had one cup to sample for my cup emptied way to fast so I will be most definitely be stocking up in the future.
Now on to the prices, a box of 15 (silk pyramid bags) is priced at $6.99 USD which will be about .47¢ a cup. For loose leaf, it would be $9.99 for a tin (18 cups per tin) that will be about .56¢ a cup and $10.99 for a bag (33 cups per bag) that is .33¢ per cup. I also don’t see any options for samples but I think spending about $7 isn’t too bad for testing a tea.
All in all, this tea is a good staple to have in my tea collection. I enjoyed my cup immensely and I see why this specific blend won first place in the 2018 Global Tea Championship in the English Breakfast category. I believe that this blend is approachable by all tea drinkers and will be a welcome addition to any tea collection
See you for the next cuppa!
Here’s the scoop!
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Walters Bay
English Breakfast Ceylon Black Tea Full Leaf Tea Enveloped Tea Bags begins with freshly hand-plucked tea leaves processed in our own Noori Tea Processing Center, in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Our Award-Winning Pekoe 1 black tea grade is meticulously processed during the Western High Grown season. This grade of tea offers a classic Ceylon signature flavor profile that is ideal as an English Breakfast Tea. It is a full bodied tea with a slight malty character and exceptional aroma. Great as a stand alone cup or with a dash of milk. Contains 15 individual enveloped full leaf tea bags. Each tea bag contains approx. 3 grams of tea