Hey there Teacups, are you ready for another Let’s Talk Tea post? This time around I’m going back to a true classic and I’m going to be reviewing Tregothnan’s Breakfast black tea. As you all know black tea is by far my favourite, so I really enjoy being able to go back to a classic like a black breakfast tea every now and then. If you’ve ready any of my past posts featuring Tregothnan you’ll know that so far, I’ve loved every single one of their blends that I’ve tried and every time I try a new one they raise the bar higher and higher. So, I suppose you could say that I went into trying this breakfast tea with some very high expectations. The wealth of botanical treasures at Tregothnan is incredible, with endless possibilities. The complexity of their teas just hit a record with this new breakfast blend. They have bought together a diversity of tea leaves greater than any other estate to give a rich and rewarding breakfast brew. This bold and malty blend incorporates some of the 38 different varieties of Camellia sinensis that were gifted to Tregothnan from growers across the world at the end of the last millennia. When tea growers from Vietnam, India, Malaysia and China heard about their British quest to be the first growers of tea in the UK, bushes were sent in celebration of this momentous and pioneering undertaking and planted in the experimental section of Tregothnan’s tea gardens.
Malty – Woody – Sweet – Honey – Vanilla – Milk Chocolate
Tea Tasting Notes
I’ve been a lover of breakfast tea for as long as I can remember its probably one of the first teas I was introduced to as a child and the love of it has stayed with me ever since. As soon as I opened the sample pack it came in I was hit with such a nostalgic aroma that took me right back to the cups of Yorkshire or PG Tips I would drink many moons ago and I couldn’t wait to find out what this blend had to offer taste wise. When it came to this review I did what I always do when I try blends and I tried it straight with no added sugar or milk so the tea was the hero and could fully concentrate on everything it had to offer and for nostalgic proposes I just had to go down the classic route and add a little bit of milk (Oatly barista) and honey. (I wouldn’t normally do that but this time around it just had to give it ago this will be the exception)
I thought I would enjoy it steep one way would than I would the other but this time around I really did enjoy them both equally. When steeped and drank straight this blend is full bodied, rich, sweet, intensely malty and somewhat floral. I will admit that it is a little bit astringent when it’s steeped straight but once you add the honey it balances it out completely so if you don’t want to have milk with your tea that’s fine, but I would suggest adding a little bit of honey. When I added both milk and honey to this it was able to shine so brightly and truly take on the form of breakfast tea that I know and love. With honey and milk this takes on much more of a dessert tea format and brings out it’s toasty warmth, it takes very well to sweetening (I would only use 1 teaspoon of honey though as the tea seems to really accentuate the sweetness) and is for me just on a whole different level. This blend was clearly blended and balanced with the British tea drinker in mind. Like I said this is works well both wise so if you enjoy ‘’straight’’ tea you should still give this a try but if you enjoy a typical British cuppa this give you all of that and more.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Tregothnan and purchase this Breakfast black tea for yourself, you can do both here. As always Teacups if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can.
Speak to you all soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley