Bolder Breakfast Black Tea Blend

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Black Pu-erh Blend
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Chocolate, Cocoa
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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This new American black tea blend combines bold flavor, rich color, & full body with hints of chocolate. This robust breakfast blend is made from our favorite strong black teas from high altitude estates in China, India and Sri Lanka. We have combined these black teas with pu’erh, an aged black tea from Yunnan China, and dark chocolate essence. This tea yields a rich, dark liquor and a warm, well-rounded flavor that takes very well to milk and even better in the form of a tea latte. The high caffeine content and robust flavor makes this the perfect tea to help kick your coffee habit!

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I made 2 cups of hot tea for my bubble bath. This was one of them. I love the boldness, the chocolately-ness, yum!

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Billed as a tea to help you kick the coffee habit, I thought I better give it a try. And it didn’t disappoint, but the lack of coffee intake on my part might have more to do with the fact that my coffee press broke and I never replaced it.

Anyway, on to the tea. This tea tastes like a black tea and chocolate blend. In fact, I can’t even tell that there is any puerh in the blend. On the one hand, this disappoints me since I am a big fan of puerh tea. On the other hand, I’m not all that sure how an earthy puerh would blend with chocolate.

Overall, The Tea Spot has done a nice job on this one. It’s a well balanced blend with a think mouth feel. There is a slight bitter undertone that cuts what otherwise would be a tremendously smooth tea. I couldn’t resolve this with shorter steep times and any steeps beyond number 2 generally yielded a pretty watery cup.

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The Tea Spot has the right idea! Chocolate in a breakfast blend. Yeah. That’s the way a breakfast blend should be! And it’s been my experience that The Tea Spot understands my chocolate philosophy: more chocolate = better.

The black tea adds a note of malt and caramel undertones to the blend. The pu-erh adds a rich, earthy taste without tasting too much like earth. This isn’t harsh or bitter. It’s smooth and really pleasant. And the chocolate … well, it adds chocolate to the blend.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. So I was looking into the vast expanse of my cabinet looking for Shou Pu-Erh. The only ones I could find where greens. Then I found a bag that was not labeled and gave it a sniff and thought it was the bolder breakfast. Sure enough that’s what it was. Score! I forgot how much I love this tea. The Pu/Black mix is spot on and the chocolate essence is just right. My only regret is that I have maybe a teaspoon left. I think I will have to get more!

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From the Lewis and Clark TTB.

A fine breakfast tea. SMACK in the face kind of thing because of the shu pu’erh. The chocolate flavoring is excellent – strong, yet I can taste the earthiness of the base teas below. Seems like it’d be best for when you’re up before sunrise during winter.

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Someone gave me a tin of this as a gift. I’ve gone through it as my office tea for a bit. It’s a fairly good wake-me-up. It is the first tea with pu-erh that I have liked, but I honestly can’t tell how much of the flavor profile has been contributed by the pu-erh. It just tastes like a chocolatey black tea to me.

One small rant – the tin it came in, while cute, is very annoying when attempting to get the very last of the tea out of it. It has an indentation in the bottom so that you could stack it on top of another of the same tea tins. It’s pretty deep and the tea slides down in between the walls of the tin and the indentation. Couple that with the squarish flat top with a round opening.

So I managed to get the very last of it out of the tin after thwacking and shaking and bumping and dumping. But there wasn’t quite enough left for a full cup. I tossed in a bit of Twinings loose Earl Grey. The Bolder Breakfast is so strong that I didn’t get a hint of Earl Grey taste.

I don’t know that I will reorder this on my own, but I wouldn’t turn up my nose at another gifted tin.

195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ve gone through a couple of tins of this one over the years. My method is to shake it over a plate, in a combination of poorly choreographed moves: circles, triangles, north to south, east to west, etc, until every particle is on the plate. ;)

Hesper June

The tea-time mambo? The tea two step? Between you and Terri, this tea sounds like it requires a certain dance step that needs its own name:)

Hesper June

P.S. I have two left feet, so maybe I should just stay away from this tea…


LOL. It’s the tea tango!

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Finally got around to trying this sample. And thanks to Tea Spot! :)

This blend smells really good, the chocolate scent is pretty strong. The flavour kinda reminds me of coffee. I can see why this would be a gateway tea for the coffee people. It’s probably too late in the day for this, and it’s most flavourful.

Flavors: Chocolate

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Brewed this yesterday, had a few sips and then forgot about it. Now it’s here in front of me, cold, and I’m still enjoying it. It’s cocoa-y, sweet, and thick, almost like a coffee mocha minus the milk/creaminess. A really hearty, satisfying cup!

I think this came from Cavocorax, although I could be mistaken… someone please correct me if I’m wrong. I went to look at who ‘owns’ this tea in the hopes that maybe that would help, and the only name that popped up was TeaTiff — however I don’t think we’ve done a swap? Mind you, I could be wrong and totally out to lunch.

Flavors: Cocoa

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

Probably because there is a more popular listing for thist tea:
Argh duplicates! :)


Bah! That’s why. Interesting it didn’t show up in search for me, just this one.

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