New Zealand Breakfast

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Almond, Floral, Bitter, Malt, Pine
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 oz / 268 ml

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Natural New Zealand Manuka blends perfectly with strong assam tea to make a special blend ideal for the morning and afternoon. Milk and sugar can be added to enhance the rich malt and slightly pine flavours.

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Another Lovely selection from Miss Sweet and I must say I AM LOVING THIS!!!! I think this is the first New Zealand Breakfast I have ever had.

The color is EXTREMELY Dark. The taste is bold and malty. I like the word Miss Sweet used in her review…MALTYLICIOUS! :)

I can also taste the pine-like comparison and am surprised yet delighted with the outcome of the flavor.

This is the perfect morning cup! And New Zealand should be proud of this little gem!


I’m totally adding this to my shopping list. I need some of this. I like some lighter teas, but I think my heart will always belong to black teas.


I guess another reason I like it is because there is really only so much English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Russian Breakfast, etc I can do before they all start tasting like a typical ‘breakfast’ – LOVED that this was a New Zealand Breakfast! It was bold but different!


LOL. That should be the country’s motto, “Bold – but different!” XD


Ahhhh…I’d love to travel there someday! :)

Miss Sweet

I totally agree with your comment about typical breakfast teas – its nice to have something a bit different, and uniquely New Zealand!

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220 tasting notes

This is my current breakfast tea favourite! The Assam tea base is delightfully smooth and I can quite easily (and surprisngly) drink this without milk. The addition of manuka leaf makes this blend even more maltylicious than Malty Breakfast Blend – shocking I know. I can’t decide if it is best paired with Eggs Benedict for brunch, or with a large helping of cinnamon cookies fresh out of the oven…

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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338 tasting notes

Yum! I generally don’t drink Assam blends as often as I do Darjeelings (because those are m precious), but I clearly have to try anything with ‘New Zealand’ in the name while I’m here, LOL. This definitely works as a wake up tea, and as with all of my plain blacks, I added milk.

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Best breakfast tea!! most recommended.

Flavors: Almond, Floral

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62 tasting notes

Disappointing. I was hoping the manuka would shine through but all I can taste is a strong bold Assam. Brewed it for 3 min. Will try a shorter steep and see what happens. This tastes no better than generic supermarket English breakfast tea. Why even bother with adding something to a base this strong?

Flavors: Bitter

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286 tasting notes

I just finished steep two of this tea, after 2.5 hours of vacuuming in this disgusting heat and humidity (I love the beast, but man, can he shed!). I debated whether I actually wanted hot tea after vacuuming and sweating (and, yes – some cursing), but decided to go for it anyway.

The dry leaf is interesting. LooseTman already said it…short dark twisted leaves, and some tiny dark pebble-like leaves. I’ve never heard of manuka, and since looseTman already provided links in his post, I now know what it is, and I guess that’s what those green leaves in the blend were.

The manuka provided a light aromatic essence of pine in dry leaf form, which I don’t recall getting in my brewed cup in the first steep. But I added a bit of creamer to the first cup, so that was probably why I didn’t get the pine essence. I don’t usually add creamer, but I think my time contraints this morning made me add it, so that I could sip it quickly and do my chores and errands.

I found the pine notes were more prominent in steep 2 – no creamer additives this time. The second steep was malty delicousness. The manuka leaves added an interesting note, with what I might otherwise find to be just another malty assam.

I appreciate the sample looseTman…this was different in a good way! I have enough leaves for a few more cups, and will be very sad when this is gone. Tasty indeed.


“Tasty indeed.” +1 I’m glad you enjoyed it!


The addition of manuka leaves added a different and welcome dimension.

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Quite enjoyed this Tea, had a decently strong malt flavour as other have indicated, got a hint of pine but didn’t really notice the manuka flavour. The tea also looks amazing straight out of the packet. Photo here:

Flavors: Malt, Pine

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 300 ML

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“What’s in your cup?”
This morning, courtesy of John & Amanda of t leaf T, I brewed New Zealand Breakfast Western style: 8 oz / 1 tsp (2.5g) / 212*F / 2-5 min. without sweeteners, milk, or cream.

Introduction: My wife loves Earl Grey and t leaf T has a large selection of it: When I requested samples, this Assam caught my eye. Who doesn’t love a good malty Assam for breakfast? Where else, could I possibly find a true NZ Breakfast tea?

From t leaf T:
“Natural New Zealand Manuka blends perfectly with strong assam tea to make a special blend ideal for the morning and afternoon.”

For those of us from the “up above” (as opposed to the “down under”) you might be asking yourself: ”So what the hell is Manuka?”

1. Images & description:

2. It turns out that NZ Manuka flowers appear to be very popular for making honey:

3. Manuka is also known as the Tea Tree:
“The English common name is derived from the fact that early white settlers did occasionally make infusions of tea from the leaves, which are aromatic.”

4. “The leaves contain Leptospermone, an antibiotic agent.”… “The oil extracted contains 120 elements and can be utilised medicinally.” … “This research has validated the claims made for this product with the Therapeutics Section of the New Zealand Ministry of Health.”

5. Manuka is also popular in NZ travel, tourism, & hunting vacations:
Great Barrier Island:
New Zealand Hunting Safaris:

And I’ve probably just scratched the surface! Who knew!

Leaf: Two kinds of Assam, 1.) twisted, short, dark chocolate brown, 2.) dark chocolate brown CTC granules, plus light green Manuka leaves
Fragrance: Moderately strong aromatic evergreen / pine
Liquor: Clear amber brown
Aroma: Moderately strong evergreen / pine
Flavor: Malty, aromatic evergreen / pine

2-min.: Medium-bodied, I then let it steep an additional min.

3-min.: Not quite, another min.

4-min.: A rich, smooth, full-bodied, malty Assam with the added flavor of aromatic Manuka, which is felt in the back of the palate in the 2nd half of the sip. There was no hint of bitterness or astringency.

5-min: Not yet.
8-min: Medium bodied & enjoyable. The Manuka flavor is now less pronounced & is now mildly aromatic.

Impression: A truly unique and enjoyable breakfast Assam, especially those looking for a “down under” adventure.

Thanks to John & Amanda of t leaf T for their gracious sample of this very fine New Zealand Breakfast Assam.

RO water re-mineralized with an Aptera filter
Brewed western-style conveniently in a tea mug with a brew basket

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Very interresting!

Terri HarpLady

Back when I ran a food coop, we got Manuka Honey a time or 2. I’ve used tea tree oil over the years for various purposes, but I’ve never considered the idea of putting anything like that in my tea. I wonder if they really drink it that way in NZ, or if it’s just a novel sale ploy?

Terri HarpLady

(sorry, always the cynic)


TheTeaFairy – Thanks!

Terri HarpLady – Perhaps Miss Sweet may know as she’s from NZ.


Interesting they must have had to carefully balance it. I could see tea tree becoming overpowering really quickly.

Miss Starfish

I stumbled across this note, but I can answer since I’m a Kiwi. Manuka honey, tastes absolutely nothing like tea tree oil. It’s difficult to describe, but it’s definitely honey and therefore sweet. Some people (myself included) do add it to their tea. Adding other honeys (like NZ Bush Honey) is more common however. Manuka does have a strong taste if you buy one with a high propolis rating, so it can dominate whatever flavour your tea was. Goes well with English breakfast etc and milk. I see more Kiwi’s spreading it on toast than adding it to their tea however.


Miss Starfish, Thanks for the info from a genuine Kiwi’s perspective!

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