I finally found a corner to hide away from all of life’s distractions (stressful and otherwise). For a long time, tea was my distraction – but life is too loud and brash at the moment to become a true escape. It can, however, provide a moment’s peace – warming your hands on a hot mug of tea on a rainy day is a nice treat – and there’s no better way to start your day than a hot cuppatea.
I’ve been craving a good English Breakfast lately, so when The Persimmon Tree was asking me to choose a flavour – I had to pick it. My cupboard used to be filled with tea bags (now filled with loose-leaf tea!) – English Breakfast was always a staple. Something strong and a bit smoky – a dark brew that held up even with a spoonful of sugar and a dash of thick cream – that is this tea.
Malty! When a word is at the tip of your tongue, and the flavour is at the tip of your tongue – sometimes the package can be your saving grace. I still love showing off the unique tins the tea comes in, but the real star was the flavour. A bold and smooth way to start your day – no crazy flavours or added bits – just an unadulterated blend of black teas. Traditionally an english breakfast would consist of a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan or Keemun teas – I’m not certain of the exact blend but there is definitely a balance of bright and dark.
For my personal taste, it’s a bit light, so I added an extra teaspoon and brewed a few minutes longer than suggested to get the depth I was looking for – but keep in mind I do use 18% cream and 1/2 tsp sugar – gotta start the day off right. For making this tea iced, it’s a huge asset – makes an extremely refreshing cup with no milk or sugar added! Summer bonus for sure.
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Thanks again to The Persimmon Tree for sending me some delicious teas to add to my ever growing collection! The best part about a tea collection is that you get to drink it. On that note, my kettle is boiling – bye for now!