Supreme Breakfast Blend from Harney & Sons

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Tea Description:

Smooth and full-bodied. Fantastic teas from India and China are combined to create this Breakfast Blend. A wonderful tippy Assam gives it full body that is then smoothed by the rich distinctive flavor of Hao Ya ‘B’ Keemun.

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Taster’s Review:

This is a strong brew!  It has a very pleasing, robust flavor with some serious gusto to it – the kind of tea that you want to drink in the morning, when you need a good wake up tea.

The Assam gives it an enjoyable, full-bodied flavor and a delicious malty tone.  The cup also has some sweetness to it, although I wouldn’t describe it as an overly sweet tea, and I do think that this tea would be nice with the addition of honey or sugar to help soften the edges a little.  Some milk would add a delicious creamy element.

There is also some bitterness to this cup.  I don’t think I oversteep it (I steeped it for just 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water), but a jarring bitterness does hit the palate about mid-sip.  I don’t find it off-putting, though, nor is it something that would render the cup undrinkable.  Instead, I think it kind of helps the tea … it seems to give me an added “jolt” that is helping to invigorate me.

The Keemun in this blend adds a lovely smoky element to the cup.  It isn’t a strong smoky flavor; it is a flavor that does develop on the palate though, becoming increasingly stronger with each sip, although it never really becomes what I’d call a really bold smoky note.

I love the way the flavors come together in this cup.  Malty, sweet, bitter, smoky … they all seem to meld together in a pleasing sort of way that I find agreeable.  This tea makes waking up in the morning a much more pleasurable experience!

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