Leadenhall Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Upton Tea Imports

Tea Description:

A tribute to the famous London tea auctions, our Leadenhall Street Breakfast Blend is a blend of two classic British teas: a brisk Ceylon and a thick, malty Assam. The result is a flavorful mixture which lends itself to the addition of milk.

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Taster’s Review:

This Leadenhall Street Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports is a deliciously robust blend of teas that is perfect for that all-important first cup of the day.

Combining Assam and Ceylon is not a new idea, I’ve had quite a few “breakfast blends” that utilize these two teas.  The two seem to work together quite well.  The Assam brings its rich, bold flavor to the cup while the Ceylon offers a bright, even-toned quality to the tea.   The result is a very satisfying cup of tea that is strong enough to get you going in the morning .. but also something that would work nicely as a mid-day pick-me-up.

I notice some light fruit notes to this cup, as well as some distant floral tones.  The Assam has a really rich, comforting character … deliciously sweet and malty.

There is a fair amount of astringency to this cup, but, I’m not tasting any bitterness and that’s a definite plus.  I would not recommend oversteeping this tea though, because I can’t say it wouldn’t be bitter if it were left to steep too long.  I steeped this in boiling water for 2 1/2 minutes in my Breville One-Touch, and I’m very happy with the result.  I drank mine without any additions, and found it to be just right for my morning cuppa – edgy but not too edgy.  If you want to soften that edge, you can add a bit of sweetener and/or a splash of milk or cream.  This would make an excellent latte … but I really enjoyed it straight up!

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