I had the opportunity to try another new tea today. I’ve been experiencing new tea withdrawal this week – simply relying on the comfort and familiarity of previously enjoyed teas. The last couple of weeks have been full of rooibos, oolongs, and black teas – I have yet to deviate. This morning I am drinking NYC Breakfast. I borrowed a picture from Tavalon Teas website.
Composition: A hearty blend of the world’s best black teas from India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia created for the New Yorker palate according to Tavalon’s website.
Dry Visual: Dark brown almost black tea leaves with hints of red and tan. NYC Breakfast kind of reminds me of black mulch – sorry if that’s a bad visual.
Dry Aroma: Very woody with a hidden floral scent.
Flavor: NYC Breakfast is similar to other breakfast teas with one distinct difference. It does not have the level of “bite” also known as bitterness that I have experienced with other black teas. Somewhat mellow, even though I admittedly over brewed. It will be interesting to brew and taste according to the recommended brewing time – to compare the tea strength. NYC Breakfast was enjoyed both with and without sweetener. The honey definitely rounded out the flavor, rendering the bitterness almost non-existent. Serving with milk is recommended by Tavalon tea – I don’t think milk is necessary.
Liquor: A robust color, slightly darker than rust, this tea is almost brown.
Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 5 minutes. I cannot say how long I brewed due to the accidental over-brewing. I plan to accurately brew again.
Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea
I plan to brew NYC Breakfast again and compare to several other breakfast teas currently stashed in my pantry. In addition, if you have enjoyed a cup of NYC Breakfast tea stop by and comment – I would love to swap notes. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!