Reviewed: Charleston Breakfast Tea

Charleston Breakfast TeaAmerican tea is a weird concept for me to digest, but a few tea gardens do exist in the United States. Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Alabama have them, and so does South Carolina, home of the Charleston Tea Plantation. The South Carolina plantation (currently owned by Bigelow Tea Company) produces several black and green tea varieties including Charleston Breakfast, which I recently tried.

Charleston Breakfast isn’t as rich and full bodied at it advertises to be, but it’s still a pleasant brew. More of an afternoon tea in my opinion, it has simple characteristics and a near-full body.

I detect a sweet, cinnamon-like aroma with a slightly tannic flavor. The mild bitterness I experienced may have resulted from using boiling water.

Charleston Breakfast tea is best served black. A little sweetener is okay, but I wouldn’t recommend more than the smallest splash of milk.

Aroma: Sweet spice, cinnamon
Body: Medium
Flavor: Mildly tannic
Color: Amber
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Author: Leo Kapusta

Of all the useless degrees he holds, Leo is most proud of his Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film (Mass Communication Sequence) from the University of Texas at Austin.

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