- 3.5 ounce tin of loose tea
- Traditional blend of select Kenyan and Assam black teas
- Bright and full-bodied amber tea
- Packaged in an attractive, reusable tin
- Satisfyingly robust and invigorating; natural source of antioxidants
The quintessential breakfast tea.
English Breakfast can contain black teas from a variety of origins, among them India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi and China. Stronger than most other teas, the blend is made to match the traditionally heavy English breakfast, which to this day often includes pork, sausages and eggs, and for this reason English Breakfast tea also maintains its flavor very well with the addition of cream or milk. It is certainly less refined than Darjeeling or even Earl Grey, but hard to beat as an everyday “work horse,” and as good or better an early morning pick-me-up as any kind of coffee.
Twinings English Breakfast tea
Tasty but Stressful
A straight-ahead pleasure
Twinings of London was founded in 1706, and is known internationally for marketing teas of consistency and value. Twinings English Breakfast Tea was originally blended to complement the traditional, hearty English Breakfast, from which its name derives. Twinings literature tells us that this is a blend of Kenyan and Assam black teas.
Tea enthusiasts generally prefer loose tea to tea bags which contain less expensive, smaller particles and the “fannings” or “dust” remains from processing of loose leaf tea. Moreover, you can sometimes taste the paper used in bags, especially in the weaker teas.
However, this Twinings loose tea has no uncut leaves. The blend uses only small particles that infuse more quickly than whole leaves. This blend approaches full strength within just a couple minutes. To avoid excessive particulate matter in your drink, use a strainer or infuser with a fine mesh. (Amazon sells Tovolo, Teeli, and Frieling/Swissgold filters with very small openings in their screens.)
This product is a fine introduction to the world of loose tea. Would I rank it as my favorite tea or even my favorite Twinings? No, but I keep some available for when I want the pleasure of plain ol’ tea. (As an aside, I would rank Twinings’ Earl Grey a bit higher in quality. It is a whole leaf tea with just the right amount of bergamot orange flavoring. I don’t think of it as an everyday tea, but I enjoy it as an occasional pleasure.)