Hey there Teacups! I’m back today with another Let’s Talk Tea post and this time around I’m going to be reviewing LibberTea’s – Scottish Breakfast (black tea based) blend. While I love black tea and black tea based blends I’ve only ever really tried a handful of Scottish breakfast blends and as a result I’m much more of a fan of English & Irish breakfast blends. With that in mind, I was excited to see that LibberTea had included their Scottish Breakfast blend in the package of samples they sent me to try & review and I couldn’t have been more excited! I have been so eager to try it since it arrived and I couldn’t wait to see if it could blow the other Scottish Breakfast blends I’ve tried out of the water.
Scottish breakfast blends tends to be the heartiest of the bunch, which is due to Scotland’s soft water. When these breakfast teas were blended they were done specifically for the water conditions in the areas that they would be consumed and marketed in, as the water in Scotland clearly demanded a stronger blend than the water in England and Ireland. I could drink English and Irish Breakfast tea at absolute any time in the day but Scottish Breakfast is the only one I will specifically drink just with breakfast. Not only because it pairs amazingly with breakfast foods (especially porridge or overnight oats) but also because it’s so strong that it makes for a good hearty kick start to the day.Here’s What LibberTea have to say about this blend on their website: ”Specifically created for the soft Scottish water our superior black tea blend combines organic broken teas from Assam, Africa and India to create a very well-balanced refreshingly scented tea while still slightly malty and with a full body. A suitable companion for any time of the day.”
Ingredients: Darjeeling black tea, African black tea, Assam black tea.
Tea Tasting Notes
Astringent, Caramel, Heavy, Malt, Molasses, Stout, Nutty, Toasty, Wood, Cocoa, Drying, Dark Chocolate.
Despite knowing that I enjoy Scottish breakfast blends with milk and honey, for my first cup I chose to have this blend on it’s own just so I could see what it had to offer before I added anything to it. For the first cup I made of this blend I used 1 perfect scoop of tea and with this being a CTC style tea I only steeped it for 3 minutes. Any longer than that and it just would have been far too strong and far too bitter even with the addition of milk and honey. On its own, the tea has a robust, hard hitting and rather odd aroma, almost like a strong stout which was a little off putting to start with.
I stuck with it though and upon tasting it I found it was much better than I would have thought than if I had just gone on aroma alone. In my first few sips I was able to pick out notes of caramel, molasses, moss, and wood. In the mouth on its own, the tea is rather heavy and drying, with stand out notes of wood, nuts, caramel, malt, and toast. The aftertaste is similarly powerful, but unlike the body which presents a mixture of earthiness and sweetness (which I was expecting at all). The aftertaste is biting and heavily astringent making this almost undrinkable on it’s own for me.Luckily the addition of a splash of milk and a teaspoon (or two) of honey did seem to help to bring balance to this blend. The slightly sweet caramel and dark chocolate notes were enhanced both on the nose and in the mouth, with the flavours becoming much smoother, much more rounded and less astringent on the finish which made for such a pleasant cup of tea to drink. I have to say I really do enjoy this blend much more with the milk and honey added but that doesn’t come as a surprise to me as I have enjoyed pretty much every Scottish breakfast blend I have ever tried the same way. I’m sure there are many people out there that would probably enjoy it on it’s own but personally I recommend adding in milk and honey, as it’s just so much more of a balanced blend and when prepared that way. It pairs perfectly with a bowl of porridge and will certainly wake you up very fast.
Overall Teacup Rating: 4.8/5
If you want to find out more about LibberTea and purchase some of their Scottish 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 Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley