drank English Breakfast by Kusmi Tea
25 tasting notes

I have had several tins of this tea in the past and got a new one for Christmas in 2020. But this time, it tastes very different from the two other tins I have had. The other tins were maybe half as strong as it is this time. It used to be a medium-bodied blend, but now it is full-bodied and almost as strong as Yorkshire Tea or Typhoo and brews to a very dark brown color (like the color of coffee almost).

This blend consists of 75% Ceylon and 25% Assam.

It has plenty of oomph and body, but is lacking a little in the aroma and flavor department in my opinion. Compared to Harney & Sons’ English Breakfast, this tea definitely has more body and briskness but the Harney version is much more aromatic and refined – and much more enjoyable. This is still not bad but I find that it’s a little too bitter/strong/brisk and not aromatic enough. There is that classic plain black tea flavor with some maltiness, a grassy flavor and a subtle hint of smoke. But the flavors are somewhat muted.

I would recommend this tea if you like a strong, plain black tea that goes well with milk and if you prefer to have body and briskness over flavor and aroma. I am not amazed by it, but it is fine. Nothing special.

Dry leaves, appearance:
Relatively small broken black tea leaves (Ceylon and Assam) with no golden tips.

Dry leaves, aroma:
There is not too much aroma here. It smells like tea with a malty and grassy aroma.

Very dark brown.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grass, Malt, Smoke, Tea

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 275 ML

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My name is Andreas, I am from Denmark, and I am 26 years old.

I am a lover of fine teas and my favorite tea brand at the moment is Harney & Sons – which I discovered via Steepster back in 2011 or early 2012, but first tried in January of 2021.

I have been drinking high-quality teas since 2009, when I was thirteen. The brand that made me appreciate quality teas was Kusmi Tea – which I still love. But since then, Harney & Sons has taken the number one spot for me, and it has become pretty much the only brand of tea I drink on a regular basis.

I prefer black teas, or blends of black and oolong – both flavored and unflavored – and dislike most herbal and fruit teas.

I usually don’t care for green teas or white teas, either.

I enjoy most of my teas with a splash of milk and without sweetener.

I mostly review and rate teas I love because I think that’s the most fun, and because, most of the time, I buy teas I know I am going to like.

Favorite flavors:
Citrus – bergamot, lemon, orange.
Sonefruits – peach, plum, cherry, apricot.
Berries – black currant, strawberry, raspberry.
Dessert flavors – chocolate, caramel, vanilla.
Nuts – hazelnut, almond.
Spices – cinnamon, cloves, ginger.
Tropical flavors – coconut, guava, pineapple.
Herbacious flavors – peppermint, spearmint.
Floral flavors – lavender.

Not so favorite flavors:
Very acidic hibiscus, whiskey flavor, overly artificial flavors, extreme sweetness.



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