Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Let’s Talk Tea post, this time around it’s all about Mazawattee Tea’s English Breakfast blend. You’ll probably recognise the companies name from a past TeaTourist post in which I reviewed their Earl grey. As you’ll know if you read that post I really enjoyed their Earl Grey so I went into trying this blend with great expectations.
Mazawattee Tea was once the most famous tea company in England, the name Mazawattee was the stuff of legend! From its office, warehouses and vaults on Tower Hill, it soared above the streets of London and flew the flag for fine quality tea. Its beginnings can be traced back as early as the 1850s. John Boon Densham, a chemist, started selling loose teas from India and China. Tea was highly regarded for its restorative benefits and ‘the cup that cheers, but does not inebriate’ was very fashionable amongst Victorian tea drinkers. If like me you’re wondering where the name Mazawattee comes from (I really like how unique it is), it’s an combinations of the Hindi word ‘Maza’ meaning pleasure and the Sinhalese word ‘Wattee’ meaning garden.
(If you want to find out more about the history behind the History of Mazawatte Tea check out their about page – Here)
Mazawatte English Breakfast Tea – Review
Mazawattee Tea’s English Breakfast blend is a classic black tea blend from Assam, Sri Lanka and Kenya that results in a strong and full-bodied flavour.
It’s only ingredient is Black tea. Produce of more than one country. Packed and blended in the UK for The Mazawattee Tea Company Limited. Tea: traded in compliance with Fairtrade Standards, total 100%.
Before I get into this review I just want to start off by saying how much I enjoy the block colours that Mazawatte use for their packaging. They do this for all of their teas and I will admit that the colour coding is fantastic. (They use orange for their English Breakfast & Perfect Everyday Tea , Grey for their Earl Grey and Green for their Simply Green Tea). Using only one colour really helps to make all the important information on the packaging stand out and it help you to focus in on nothing but that.
Aroma: Malt, Wood, Slight Smoke, Honey, Sweet.
Shape: Small broken leaves – Some CTC present
Colour: Mostly dark brown but there are some light brown bits in there too.
You all know I would much rather have loose leaf tea than bagged but I will never turn down bagged tea (Because its still tea and I know that I’m going to enjoy it) In the end of the day bagged tea is what’s assessable for most people in the world so it wouldn’t make any sense for me to not feature them because of personal preference.
Aroma: Malty, Sweet, Honey, slight Smokey – (barely noticeable)
Colour: Dark Copper with a slight red/orange tint.
Taste: Strong, Malty, Slightly Sweet, Honey.
Mouth Feel: Mostly Smooth but did leave my mouth a little dry afterwards.
These teabags create a strong English Breakfast tea which just hits the spot. I found this to be surprisingly malty, so probably quite heavy on the Assam. The flavour of this tea was smooth, robust, and full-bodied. It seems to be blended in perfect harmony. There was just an itsy bitsy twang of astringency, but this seemed to disappear after the first few sips. The aftertaste was strong but amiable. I find this to be naturally sweet so personally I don’t need sweetener but I can see why others might. If you’re partial to milk in your tea this blend is more than strong enough to stand it’s own against it.
Those of you out there that have grown up with PG tips and Yorkshire tea in your house I highly suggest you pick some of this up – It’s very similar but would be a nice step up from the commercial brands. This also comes in unbleached teabags unlike most commercial CTC teas so you don’t have to worry about horrible chemicals in your tea.
Overall Teacup Rating – 3 ½ / 5
As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on twitter (@teaisawishblog) and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all on Friday. Happy Steeping – Kimberley