crsven wrote:Twinings' website lists Kenyan and Assam. I'm skeptical that it's the normal taste for their tea only because I've never tasted that bitterness (perhaps tart was the wrong word) before.
When you say tart, perhaps you are refering to the bitter bite you experienced?
Very interesting...well...here is one link from Harney...and a quote. Theirs is 100% Keemun.
"Our English Breakfast has an ancient pedigree. Historic researchers trace its heritage back to the teas that the English drank regularly in the 1800’s. It is, simply, China Black — 100% Keemun. Great with milk and sugar."
Oh, and their Irish Breakfast...
"Our Irish Breakfast is 100% Assam tea, like most traditional Irish blends. This tea give will your morning a powerful start. Like cereal, it takes milk and sugar well. In contrast to other vendors, ours is a little more refined. This is John Harney's favorite black tea."
Hmmm, Upton agrees about the Irish Breakfast being Assam, but their English Breakfast is Ceylon and Assam. I am going to ask Harney about their "research." I am curious now.
Is English Breakfast whatever a vendor feels like putting in it??? I guess I am interested in the origins. Today, clearly, anything goes as long as it sells.