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Anniversary Breakfast Blend

Item No. 500087

Available: Peet's Store

Flavor Notes

Rich, malty, sweet, bold and brisk.
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About this tea

Tea Story

This year’s Anniversary Breakfast Blend gets its brilliance from Yin Jun Mei, a newcomer from the Wuyi Mountains this China black tea was developed in 2005. Yin Jun Mei translates literally as “Silver Beautiful Eyebrow” in acknowledgement of the delicate curved ‘eyebrow’ shape of the leaf. On its own it’s smooth honey, woody and bright, with a fresh dry cocoa note.

Dig into this tea and you’ll soon find some long, thin, thoroughly black leaf. This is classic Ceylon whole leaf from southern Sri Lanka is one of the top ten among the more than 1,000 tea gardens on the island. Bright, tangy, and citrusy.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll experience a solid malty Assam flavor, indispensable in breakfast teas. Last but not least there’s a dash of sweet and floral high-grown from a “secret garden” that . . . will remain secret.

In any case, the blend should be more than the sum of its parts. The 2014 release is full bodied, pungent but sweet, malty and chocolaty, bright and complex.

Brewing Tips

Start with a preheated cup or teapot.
Measure 1 spoonful (3g) of tea for each cup of water.
Bring the water to a rolling boil; steep tea for 4 to 5 minutes.
Strain leaves while pouring.

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  • Charlie Russel , drinking Peet's since 1990 4/25/13
  • Sunshine Coast, WA

The 2013 Anniversary Breakfast Blend is another winner. This morning, I tasted the 2013 blend against my last remaining 2012 blend. (I absolutely loved the 2012 blend, thinking it the best in several years.)

The 2013 blend is more earthy than the 2012, with some woody notes. The Yin Jun Mei comes through clearly, providing a smooth woody body to the blend. On its own, Yin Jun Mei is quite mellow, but maybe a bit flat. But here, the Ceylon adds some nice citrusy brightness. And underneath it all, the maltiness of the Assam is there, giving you a hearty breakfast tea that can be enjoyed without milk or sugar, but if you insist, it will certainly stand up to milk.

All in all, a winner. I'll have to live with it for a while to know if it will become a daily favourite as last year's Anniversary Breakfast Blend was, but already I can tell I'm going to enjoy this one.

  • Chris Johnson , drinking Peet's since Just 4/24/13
  • San Francisco, CA

Bought a box today, drinking my first cup now. This tea is seriously delicious. At first I thought it had a hint of coffee in it, which brought me to the Peet's page to check it out. Unless that's the secret ingredient, it seems this dark chocolaty flavor can come directly from a tea leaf. I wholeheartedly recommend this tea.

  • Charlie Russel , drinking Peet's since 1968 4/20/13
  • Sunshine Coast, BC, WA

The 2013 Anniversary Breakfast Blend is another winner. This morning, I tasted the 2013 blend against my last remaining 2012 blend. (I absolutely loved the 2012 blend, thinking it the best in several years.)

The 2013 blend is more earthy than the 2012, with some woody notes. The Yin Jun Mei comes through clearly, providing a smooth woody body to the blend. On its own, Yin Jun Mei is quite mellow, but maybe a bit flat. But here, the Ceylon adds some nice citrusy brightness. And underneath it all, the maltiness of the Assam is there, giving you a hearty breakfast tea that can be enjoyed without milk or sugar, but if you insist, it will certainly stand up to milk.

All in all, a winner. I'll have to live with it for a while to know if it will become a daily favourite as last year's Anniversary Breakfast Blend was, but already I can tell I'm going to enjoy this one.

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2014-04-17 03:16:22

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