Review: Deckan Tea Craigmore English Breakfast

Deckan Tea was kind enough to send us samples of this tea to review.* Thank you!

Overall Rating

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes for the first cup, as recommended then 5 minutes for the second cup
Served: Nothing added

On a busy day with lots to check off the “To Do” list a little boost from a flavorful black tea is just what I need. The Craigmore English Breakfast tea from Deckan Tea is that classic blend that helps you get moving! I found it to be rich in flavor, yet smooth and easy to drink. Commonly, milk and a touch of sweetener is added to this famous blend, but I tend to have my tea with nothing added. I know, boring, right? In this case, that taste was spot on and I didn’t feel the need to add anything.

Everyone takes their tea differently, so go ahead and play with your tea until you find the combination you like! For example, the first time I tried this tea I followed the instructions and steeped it for 3 minutes. It was good and tasty, but didn’t quite have the punch I was looking for. So, I the next time around I steeped it for 5 minutes and it was just right! Give this one a try if you like those classic big flavors of black tea.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 tea leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

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Katie says:

Temperature: @212 (boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: tried with just milk first then with milk & sugar

One thing that makes Abby & me very happy is a note in our inbox about a new tea to try. So, when Deckan Tea asked if we’d like to try their English Breakfast tea we were thrilled! Upon opening the bag I found nice-sized leaves (see my photo above). In my experience the more tea looks like leaves, and not the “dust” you find in cheap tea bags, the better it tastes.

This is an interesting tea and I enjoyed it very much. The tea is milder in flavor, but has a very nice classic English Breakfast taste. I did take Abby’s recommendation on a longer stepping time and found that to be just right. Isn’t it nice for me that she always tries teas first? 😉

This is a delicious choice for a mild black tea. However, don’t be fooled about the mild flavor. I found that this tea will hold up to a second steep! Although the 2nd time around I recommend just leaving the tea in the cup. It doesn’t turn bitter so it’s perfect for me to leave steeping at work while I run around getting things done. No need to time the 2nd steep — easy! And easy is good.

Taste: 4 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 tea leaves — this tea is easy to make!

*Please note that we are just as critical of free teas as the ones we purchase. If we get a sample that we don’t like we won’t include it on our blog.

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