The other day, I drank four different teas together, including both Twinings English Breakfast and Twinings Irish Breakfast teas. Twinings teas are available pretty much everywhere in the world where there are supermarkets, and I thought that people might want to know the relative merits of the teas they can choose from, among the vast shelves of tea.
This tea was not as strong as Twining’s Irish Breakfast tea, which I also drank in a side-by-side comparison (see below) but it was a fairly strong black tea, with a nice malty note as is typical of Assam teas. It brews up a dark brown – though not as dark as the Irish Breakfast – and has a nice tea aroma. It tastes good plain, or with sweetener, or with milk. I prefer my tea plain, but if you like to add sugar and/or milk to your tea, then it’s nice to find a tea that will stand up to them without losing its tea flavor. The tea tasted fresh; the individual foil packets the bags come in help keep it that way. Twinings does also offer their English Breakfast in tins of loose tea, if you prefer. I personally appreciate the convenience of tea bags first thing in the morning when I’m not terribly coordinated yet, and Twinings deservedly has a reputation for their tea in bags tasting as good as many loose-leaf teas.
Twinings says about this tea:
A rich & satisfying robust black tea. The robust, malty character of this tea comes from pure Assam and Kenyan tea leaves grown in India.Twinings English Breakfast Tea was originally blended to complement the traditional, hearty English Breakfast, from which its name derives. The refreshing and invigorating flavour makes English Breakfast one of the most popular black teas to drink at any time or occasion, not just for breakfast. English Breakfast can be enjoyed with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened—the choice is yours..
I rarely buy relatively “plain” teas myself, as I get served plain black tea in restaurants and in other people’s houses, and I receive lots of samples of black teas. This usually means, though, that I have only two or three cups’ worth of any particular tea, and often ind up grabbing tea bags at random for my first cup of the morning, thus using up many of the loose tea bags people send me without even noticing what they are. That’s why this time I made a conscious effort, and collected several bags each of several kinds of related teas that people have sent me, mostly things that are commonly available, and did a side-by-side test of them. I brewed them all identically, and tried one cup plain, one with a small amount of sugar, and one with milk.
The other Twinings tea that I drank in this comparison was their Irish Breakfast, reviewed here. I drank another English Breakfast tea, also, and I’ll add a link as soon as I review it!