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type: black

origin: sri lanka

caffeine: strong

price level: $$$$

Whether needed to wash down a full Scottish Breakfast or to warm your bones after a walk on the misty moors, our Scottish Breakfast tea will do the trick. Richly blended with Assam, Keemun, Yunnan and Sri Lankan full-leaf teas, you'll get a deep cup with malty notes, red fruitiness, hints of smoke and a touch of Yunnan pepperiness. Straight up or with a splash of cream, Scottish Breakfast is also a fine companion for your overdue Robbie Burns indulgence: "O, my Luve is like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June. O, my Luve is like the melodie, That's sweetly played in tune." Steep at 212°F for 3-5 minutes

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    • 

      This is a really great breakfast blend. It's strong, assertive and quite complex. It has a moderate amount of astringency but is not bitter.

    • 

      Wonderful breakfast tea, only made proper by addition of a small, stout splash of whole milk to smooth it over and give it a hint of lactose sweetness. This is one of my favorite black teas. Apparently it is a big mix of black teas (Assam plus Ceylon plus a bunch more). Always more than chuffed by this tea plus a little milk in the morning. Good way to get to work!

    • JV

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      This is my favorite black tea from Adagio, and I have tried many. It's not quite as lovely and striking as Golden Monkey, nor as dark and complex as Yunan Noir (two of my other favorites), and yet it's the everyday tea that I keep coming back to. Even the initial aroma of the unbrewed leaves is inviting, layered with a fruity overtone that makes me think of apricot. I prefer to drink coffee in the morning, so this is actually an afternoon tea for me. I usually drink it without milk because I prefer a strong tea, but if you like milk in your tea it's quite good that way too. I enjoy exploring different teas, and I go through green tea phases as well, but I've found myself coming back to the Adagio Scottish Breakfast for years now and it has never disappointed me.

    • 

      The dried leaves had a raisin and chocolate scent, with barely a wisp of earthy undertone. On the tongue this tea was initially bitter followed by a chocolate covered raisin flavor. The aftertaste was mainly raisin and very astringent. This tea has a very long finish (flavor lingers for minutes on the tongue) mainly due to an astringent wax that seemed to coat my tongue and wouldn't leave. This is the first tea I've ever experienced that with, maybe a bad batch? Other than the wax effect, this tea tea has a good taste.

    • 

      My favorite morning breakfast tea blend. Smooth, rich, flavorful. Fantastic taste! Highly recommend.

    • MA

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      This tea is the best! A true flavored tea with dimension!

    • 

      This is my favorite black tea. It's strong and bold, without being bitter. It's not fussy to brew, it's good on the lighter end and also doesn't get aggressively bitter if you leave the tea brewing too long. I get sad when I run out of this tea.

    • 

      A very hearty tea that sticks with you all day. Definitely worth a try.

    • 

      This is certainly a black tea that will put hair on your chest!! Phew. Very malty and dark. Good with cream and sugar.

    • 

      we always make our tea STRONG as in double or triple the recommended strength - very satisfying

    • JG

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      A truly excellent black tea. Great for a coffee alternative in the morning.

    • 

      This is a good version of a classic. My favorite black tea blend.

    • LD

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      Very rich and smooth, ever so slightly bitter. Great with a splash of milk. Lovely drink.

    • 

      A great cup - rich and smooth. Great with milk and sugar, but it honestly doesn't need it.

    • CK

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      A standout British breakfast tea, smooth and unobtrusive. Would almost certainly take well to additional flavorings one may want to add.

    • 

      A lovely rich, black tea. Goes well with milk and sugar. Smooth, malty. I can get 2 steeps out of a serving.

    • 

      Not too strong! I liked this one just fine, it didn't give me caffeine jitters like a lot of black teas tend to do, and it was perfectly nice to drink on it's own. No complaints here!

    • 

      I prefer Irish breakfast, but this is still a tasty tea. I love it with some milk and sugar, and the flavor of the tea is nice and strong.

    • 

      Nice morning tea as a replacement for a cup of coffee. Great with some sugar and cream.

    • 

      I liked this one better than Irish Breakfast, but not as good as Adagio's Yunnan blacks.

    • 

      Bright and surprisingly sweet--even with longer steeping, it doesn't seem to become as bitter as a standard black tea. I take mine with a bit of heavy cream, but it's also quite good without.

    • 

      Yummy assam tea. Great with milk and sugar. Very rich and smooth

    • AW

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      Good strong breakfast tea. If you enjoy scottish breakfast teas generally, you'll definitely enjoy this one!

    • RJ

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      This tea is Strong, Bold and Malty! Happiness in a mug!!

    • 

      This is a lovely bold breakfast tea with hints of chocolate and honey. It's super malty and delicious especially with cream and a bit of sugar to bring out those toasted sugar flavors.

    • 

      This is one of my favorite black teas. Good strong tea to wake up in the morning. I will have to order a bigger bag.

    • 

      Great for those morning when you wake up unsure of what year it is because you slept so deeply that you'd love to curl back up and pass out again. Strong and robust flavors. I add honey, and milk and keeps me going all day.

    • 

      The taste reminds me of iced tea, so you'll probably like this if you like that sort of thing. Very complex flavor profile.

    • MJ

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      By far, one of the best black teas I've had. Strong and intense, its bold bitter flavor is well worth every sip. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes a nice strong cup of tea.

    • 

      One of my morning favorites. I like it black. Perks me up to face the day.

    • 

      This is one of my staples, i always have it on-hand

    • 

      This tea is a great way to start off your morning!

    • BD

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      Delicious classic black tea. Highly caffeinated to get you up in the morning.

    • 

      A delicious standard breakfast tea. Slightly malty and smooth

    • 

      Received as a sample & it has become my favorite morning tea!

    • 

      Smooth, jammy, and smokey. The flavors are layered and I get a slightly different notes each cup.

    • M

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      This is a very smooth, quite hardy tea. Definitely good for that morning eye opener. very smooth and drinkable, lots of wake up power,

    • 

      It's stronger in flavor than an Irish Breakfast tea. Although it is not something I would usually go for, it's nice to have it in my tea rotation to break up the monotony a bit. If you like things like English breakfast and Irish Breakfast, but want a stronger punch to it, this is for you!

    • 

      I was surprised how much of the pepperiness comes out of the dry leaf. The tea itself is tasty, with a stronger kick, in my opinion, than my usual Irish breakfast. Takes milk and sugar well.

    • 

      4 of us had this at our recent brunch, it was a hit with 2, one said it was much too strong a tea for breakfast, and I enjoyed it, but have to admit the smokiness of it best places this tea later in the day.

    • 

      Smoky and dark. It's a little more bitter than I prefer, even with sugar, but my dad likes it.

    • SF

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      Great basic tea but more flavorful than English or Irish. Also good with a splash of milk.

    • KT

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      I love tea. And I love this Scottish Breakfast tea from Adagio, and that is why I keep ordering it!