Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Harney & Sons
Brimming with flavor, Safari Breakfast is a robust blend of African black teas with a reassuringly rich aroma. A full-bodied breakfast tea, it’s the embodiment of Africa’s fine lineage of outstanding teas, spices and vibrancy.
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Nice! This Safari Breakfast blend from the Ambessa Tea Line – which is available from Harney & Sons – is a really delightful blend of African black teas.
It is a good, solid tea with plenty of heft. Plenty of the gusto that you want first thing in the morning. It has a certain edginess to it that can be curbed with the addition of milk and honey, but, I like it served straight up too. It delivers a full-flavored taste without bitterness.
It is a pleasantly rich tasting tea with that “bake-y” kind of taste that I look for in a breakfast type tea … that rich, satisfying, invigorating taste that goes well with a piece of biscotti or perhaps a slice of whole wheat toast. The kind of tea that brings a smile to my face when I’m drinking it as I feel it do it’s job which is to wake me up!
There are background fruity notes and a woody earthiness that compliment the spice notes in this tea. If I hadn’t known that this blend was composed of African teas, my first guess might have been a Yunnan – it has that sort of peppery spice taste to it … although this is a bit more mellow when it comes to “spice” than the typical Yunnan. It is a rich, warm, rewarding tea that is moderately astringent. I found that the astringency here builds a little bit, and by mid-cup, I started to notice a slightly dry, pucker-y sensation on my inner cheeks after each sip.
Overall, a really good breakfast blend. This is a tea I wouldn’t mind waking up to every morning!