Morning Mojo from The Tea Spot. . . . .

Have you ever taken one sip of a tea and been like “yuuuup, I’m going to have to buy a vat of this and keep it in an armed fortress just for myself”?

That’s how I felt about this tea, a super-creamy vanilla/orange pu’erh/black confection. It’s perfectly balanced, like a ninja poised to strike another ninja. (Because that obviously requires extra stealth). There’s the sweetness of the vanilla against the tangy of the orange and the earthy of the pu’erh and the depth of the black.

The flavors are like constructive criticism, which starts and ends with a compliment, and offers helpful advice in the middle. It’s like hearing “hey, sweetie, honeydew, WAKE THE HELL UP, lovely. Today’s going to be fine.”

And you know what? Today is, as promised, just fine so far.

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type:  Black Tea
Where to Buy:  The Tea Spot

Wake up, Buttercup! Morning Mojo’s boost will help you take charge of the day. This breakfast blend pairs pu-erh with the ideal black teas to create a perfectly rounded morning cuppa. Pu-erh, known for its effective caffeine punch, has been used traditionally for centuries as a slimming and beauty tea, as well as a hangover cure. With added vanilla to smooth out your morning routine, and citrus peels for a cleansing glow.


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Breakfast Blend from The Tea Can Company

Are you a fan of Assam? Kean on Keemun? And crazy for Ceylon? If so Breakfast Blend from The Tea Can Company may just be what you need for your next black tea fix!

That’s right…Breakfast Blend from The Tea Can Company features 3 different black tea bases…Assam, Keemun, and Ceylon Black tea trio! It’s all clear to the naked eye as you can see right thru the silken bag it comes in. The black tea bases aren’t overly strong but are still a nice, solid black tea flavor. It has a more earthy taste than anything else.

As far as black teas go Breakfast Blend from The Tea Can Company is darned tasty. I think it would be a good ole stand by tea…perfect for any time of day! A good tea to share with others or drink on a daily or semi-daily basis! I raise my tea cup to you on this one – The Tea Can Company – nicely done!

Here’s the scoop!

Leaf Type: Black Tea
Where to Buy: The Tea Can Company

Description: Enjoy this hearty blend of Assam, Ceylon and Keemun teas at the beginning of or throughout your day. Tastes great with a splash of milk or naturally on its own. Serve hot or cold.
Ingredients: Assam, Keemun and Ceylon Tea, Contains Caffeine

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Twisted Leaf Assam from The Tao of Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  The Tao of Tea

Product Description:

Made as per The Tao of Tea specifications. This Twisted Leaf Assam is probably a first for this tea growing region. We provided the insight to develop an Assam tea with actual full size tea leaves that are sideways rolled and baked (The Northern Taiwanese Baozhong teas are also made in this rolling manner and known for their clear flavors). As the tea steeps, you can see the entire tea leaf unroll and open up. For those who are wary of brisk teas, this tea doesn’t have a hint of bitterness or briskness.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This is a FANTASTIC Assam.

It is incredibly rich and flavorful, but, without any tone of bitterness that is often associated with an Assam.  Sure, I was careful how I brewed it, but, even with careful brewing, I can often taste a subtle hint in an Assam that isn’t quite bitter, but it sort of says “if you over steep me, I will be bitter.”  This Twisted Leaf Assam does not have even that subtle hint of bitterness in the background.

It has a delicious malty tone that is coupled with a caramel-y sweetness that makes for a very irresistible taste.  In the background (but not too distant background) there are notes of cocoa … not a milk chocolate-y kind of cocoa, but more of a deep, rich cocoa powder.

This is the kind of Assam that I wouldn’t mind enjoying every morning. It has that hefty kind of taste and texture I expect from an Assam – that sort of deep, freshly baked bread-y kind of taste.  But what is so amazing about this cup, also, is that the flavors are so clean and delivered clearly.  With some Assam teas you need to really focus to understand the complexity of the tea, but not with this one.  It is a very upfront, straight-forward kind of tea that isn’t afraid to show me what its made of.

If you’re a fan of Assam tea, you should give this one a try.  I’d also recommend this to anyone who has tried Assam in the past and found them to be too harsh or brassy, this one will surprise you!

Breakfast Blend Tea from LiberTEAS & Contest/Giveaway!

Tea Type: Black Tea & Honeybush

Where To Buy: LiberTEAS

Product Description:

A bold yet smooth blend of black teas (Ceylon, Assam, Yunnan & Nilgiri) and just a touch of vanilla and honeybush. The result is a deliciously rich, robust tea that will get you going and put a spring in your step.

Tasters Review:

This is a brilliant blend of black teas and honeybush called Breakfast Blend from LiberTEAS and I just LOVE it!  Keep reading for a chance to win this tea, too!

The black teas are very bold and are what you seek for a morning tea!  The honeybush gives it the natural sweetness and pairs wonderfully with the hint of vanilla.  The pairing of honeybush and vanilla also gives this blend a great smoothness to the tea as well.

This is NOT your run-of-the-mill Breakfast Blend…it is so much more.   One I would certainly say is on the top of my list of not only Morning Teas or Bold Teas but also Creative Blends and pure joy in a cup!  A great start to any day!



Contest Announcement:  Win a 2 oz Tin of LiberTEAS Breakfast Blend and a 2 oz tin of the tea of your choice from LiberTEAS (limited to stock on hand).  To enter, you simply need to comment on this review post.  That’s it!  We will select the winner via random selection on Saturday, July 24.

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GOOD LUCK to all of you!


This contest is over – and the Winner is:  Meghann M.!  CONGRATULATIONS MEGHANN!

English Breakfast from Enjoying Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Enjoying Tea

Company Description:

This is a classic blend of Sri Lanka Ceylon flowery pekoe (FP) black tea. Although usually served in the morning, it is the perfect refreshing and invigorating tea for any time of the day. When brewed the English Breakfast produces a bright, full bodied, and amber tea. It is especially enticing with milk and sugar.

Taster’s Review:

Ceylon Tea.  This is generally the tea that most people think of when they think of tea.  For most of us, this is the tea that we grew up with.  For some people, Ceylon tea is a simple, straightforward black tea, even verging on the boring side.

But the Ceylon black tea blend in this English Breakfast tea is anything but boring!  It has a smooth yet rich taste.  It is perhaps not as strong as some breakfast blends I’ve encountered, and yet, I find myself quite enamored with this cuppa.

The fruity notes of this tea are captivating and encourage me to keep sipping.  I can also detect a faint floral note in the background which is quite pleasant.  There is a very nice complexity to this tea with multiple layers of flavor.  This tea is certainly not boring!

I tried my first cup of this tea without any addition – no sugar, no cream.  It is very good like that – a bit on the mellow side, but, quite enjoyable.  Then I tried it with a little honey.  I found the honey highlights the fruit and flower of this tea very nicely.  Delightful!

But where this tea really excels is with the addition of milk and honey!  Now it becomes a creamy, almost decadent treat that is welcome at my breakfast table any time.

It is also quite good iced!  Try mixing this tea with Enjoying Tea’s Strawberry Black Tea (which I’ll be reviewing in a few days time!) and brewing it up for a very refreshing, delicious iced tea that both kids and adults will enjoy.