Hey there Teacups! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing Very Craftea’s English Breakfast blend. They very kindly sent me a few of their blends to try and I couldn’t have thought of a better place to start then with their classic English Breakfast blend. You all know I’m a huge fan of Black tea and while I drink a lot of black tea based blends it’s not often I get to review/try black tea blends without any other ingredients added to them.
Here’s what Very Craftea have to say about this blend on their website: ”This full-bodied classic marries bold texture with rich flavour. Its smooth taste comes from hearty, malty teas of Assam and Ceylon blended with refreshing hints of muscatel from Darjeeling. A very uplifting tea that goes well with a splash of milk. Perfect for anytime of the day”.
Ingredients: Premium Assam, Ceylon and Darjeeling (black tea) I will say I was expecting a much stronger, malty and robust aroma from the blend and was slightly disappointed with how light it was. It has some classic English Breakfast notes too it but they are rather hard to properly pick out until you start steeping. I know I always say that you shouldn’t judge a tea just on it’s aroma but sometimes it’s hard not to be a little disappointed when it’s aroma doesn’t give you any clues as to what the blend itself is going to be like. My only hope going into this tasting session was that this blend would be much stronger in flavour than it was in aroma.
Tea Tasting Notes
You all know by now just how big of a fan of black tea I am so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that I really enjoyed this classic English Breakfast blend from Very Craftea. With all the blends I’m set to review its not very often that I get to try a simple yet classic blend such as an English Breakfast, it has no fancy flavors or added ingredients but it shines just as brightly as the blends that do in fact for most it probably shines a little brighter.
For this tasting session I tried this blend both with and without milk normally I would have it on its own but some English Breakfast teas are made to be drank with the addition on milk and honey so I wanted to see which way it worked best. As the aroma of this blend was very light I assumed the milk and honey were going to overpower it and I was right.At the start of my tea journey I always drank English breakfast with milk and honey (because back then I knew no better) but now I drink a lot of black tea and I don’t drink dairy that’s changed and I’ve become much more of a fan of drinking it black. But just s
for a little bit of fun when I wanted to try this blend with milk and honey to see if it was a English Breakfast blend that was enhanced by it as some of them are but sadly this one wasn’t and the milk was just to much for it because it’s on the lighter side of an English Breakfast. So after finding that preparing it this way didn’t work I tried it on its own.It was much better on it’s own than it was with milk it’s much too light of a blend to be drank with milk. It was much more flavourful and I was able to pick out all the separate characteristics of each tea very easily and surprisingly the Darjeeling was the strongest of them all, normally when it comes to english breakfast blends the Assam is the stand out tea and everything else is more of a aftertaste. You all know how much of a Darjeeling fan I am so you probably won’t be shocked to hear that this blend made me very happy because it was more Darjeeling than it was anything else. Which explains why the milk and honey overpowered it and it changed my opinion on this blend completely. I think this is going to be a perfect black tea to drink in the evening because it’s light and relaxing. I’m can’t wait to meet the team behind Very Craftea at The Great British Tea Festival and treat myself to some more of their amazing blends.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about Very Craftea and buy their English Breakfast blend for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Instagram/Twitter @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley