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Mighty Leaf Breakfast Americana Black Tea Review

A Strong Traditional Black Tea

Summary : This black tea pretty much tastes like any other straight black tea I've had...strong flavor while somehow being quite boring. The potent flavor and mild bitterness will definitely get you up in the morning...but I can think of more tasty and enjoyable teas to wake up too truthfully.

Review : I have a friend in the UK who lives and dies by black tea. After all, it IS England...a place where tradition dies very hard. And as most everyone has been raised on straight black tea from birth...and since black tea in the UK is the equivalent of coffee here in the United States...I've had no success in getting my friend to try some new teas that "break free from tradition."

Likewise, my friend hasn't had much success in convincing me black tea is the worlds greatest tea. I personally have found straight black teas to be, well, boring. And while the flavor is very strong...it well...lacks any uniqueness to it. Only by adding milk, sugar, lemon, salsa, ketchup and anything else that is handy...frequently in copious amounts...does straight black tea usually become enjoyable to me.

Because of this, I usually have to be in the mood to endure some self-inflicted pain when I try a new straight black tea...also known as a traditional black tea...for the first time.

Here is how Mighty Leaf describes this tea : "Breakfast Americana is a robust, wide-awake blend of premium black tea leaves from Ceylon, Darjeeling and Assam. Our take on the classic English Breakfast is serene contemplation from dawn to dusk."

This tea contains exactly one ingredient...black tea leaves.

The fragrance of this tea basically smelled identical to all the other traditional black teas I've tried...so no surprises...happy or otherwise.

And the flavor of this tea? Well...it was strong...like other traditional black teas are. And like other traditional black teas...this tea had a "full body flavor" as many say, although to me that term is rather meaningless.

Instead, what counts of me is whether the flavor is good or not...like...tasty on the tongue. And well, it is ok in my opinion. Rather boring. Quite strong. And if you like coffee, there is a good bet you'll enjoy this tea to some degree or another. But, if you are like me and enjoy a tea with some zing to it...you most definitely won't find it here.

Recommendation : Yes and No. If you love traditional black teas, I suspect you'll love this tea too as it has a full strong and full body flavor to it. But to me, this is just your typical rather boring and somewhat bitter black tea.

Tea Information and Brewing Instructions

  • Tea Reviewed : Breakfast Americana Black Tea
  • Manufacturer : Mighty Leaf
  • Available from : Mighty Leaf Teas
  • Type of Tea : Black Tea
  • Leaf Type : Bagged
  • Date of Review : March 17th, 2007
  • Tea Rating :
  • Brewing Instructions : Pour 1 cup boiling water over tea bag. Let brew for 3-5 minutes.

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