Today’s tea is the Holiday Breakfast Blend, a different blend every year, put out at this time of year by Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
A celebratory blend of fine black teas.
I had to take time out from our regularly scheduled programming to include this tea, since I picked it up this weekend while out running errands. This still falls in line with our black tea tasting tour, and is a breakfast blend to boot, so it couldn’t be a better time to take a detour.
This tea is a blend of several different teas, so it’s a little different from the single origin teas we have been tasting lately from different estates.
Since Assam is usually in a breakfast blend tea, I’m going to take a guess that it’s in here, too, but I don’t know for sure. There are some gold flecks in amongst the leaves, and it has a slightly malty scent. When brewed, the leaves turn a reddish brown color with some dark green peeking out here and there.
In the cup it brews a dark reddish brown and looks good, deep, and hearty. It smells malty in the cup as well. The flavor is full and robust, and adding milk makes it smoother, a little less astringent. This is as good as a breakfast tea gets.
So would I add it to my rotation? Absolutely. I have to say that I have been disappointed with the Holiday Breakfast blends of years past (in fact I still have some left from last year. Last year’s was OK, but not nearly as good as this one). This tea is perfect for a crisp morning during the holiday season. This is a special offering, so if you think you might want some, get it while it lasts!
You can get it here, and it’s on sale for 15% off right now: http://www.peets.com/shop/tea_detail.asp?id=104&cid=2003