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Scottish Breakfast Blend

5 star average rating
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Blended from select teas of India, Sri Lanka, and China to appeal to those who favor an eye-opening experience in the morning, this loose Scottish broken-leaf tea yields a cup with a round, full flavor, malty notes, and brisk character. A perfect choice to start the day.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 3 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)
Scottish Breakfast Blend Reviews
5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (based on 28 reviews)

  • So Delicious!
  • 5 star rating
  • L. – PA – March 09, 2021
  • This tea has all the right combinations. It's smooth, yet hardy, and stands up to the addition of milk very well. Always, a great cup of tea for anytime of the day.
  • My Very Favorite Tea Blend!
  • 5 star rating
  • Laura – PA – March 01, 2021
  • This tea is never disappointing! Whenever I want a classic, full bodied cup of black tea, this is my go to. Such a full bodied, malty, delicious cup of tea and I've never tasted any bitterness whatsoever, no matter how long it steeps. I continue to try other black teas, but none of them surpasses this Scottish Blend for me.
  • Number two
  • 4 star rating
  • Larry – NC – February 28, 2021
  • This was a favorite, for a while, after we tired of CTC Irish. But, the supplied product seemed to have less of the original malty notes. A nice change occasionally, but not our regular
  • Brilliantly balanced with welcoming boldness
  • 5 star rating
  • Jerome – MA – February 21, 2021
  • Extremely satisfying; never veers where it shouldn’t.
  • Thoroughly Good
  • 4 star rating
  • A – DE – February 05, 2021
  • Thoroughly good tea. Is robust with sweet undertones. You also get two good brews from one fill which is always a plus as well.
  • All-Time Favorite
  • 5 star rating
  • Nicholas – FL – January 28, 2021
  • I go through phases of drinking tea, some times it's a lot, some times not at all. Every time I start drinking tea again it's because I have a craving for this. Excellent to start your morning with. Accept no substitutes, other "Scottish Breakfast" blends are kept up at night wishing they were half as good as this!
  • This tea is the best!
  • 5 star rating
  • Julie – VA – January 23, 2021
  • I like the complex, smoky and bold flavor of this tea. It's tasty alone or with milk and sugar. Makes an excellent iced tea as well. It's wonderfully balanced and makes me very happy! Thank you, Upton Tea, for making such a wonderful product!
  • Best Scottish I've had
  • 5 star rating
  • Estrafa – DC – October 28, 2020
  • I've tried a few and this is among the very best. So good with sugar and cream!
  • Yowza!
  • 4 star rating
  • Johanna – OR – October 14, 2020
  • I’ve never had a cup of tea so unequivocally grab me by the collar and yell “WAKE UP, LADDIE!” but that’s pretty much what this one did. Four stars instead of five only because I wasn’t quite prepared for the caffeine punch it delivered, but maybe I’m just a wimp. That said, I think this is going to become one of my regular morning cuppas!
  • Daily Brew
  • 5 star rating
  • Margaret – CO – September 30, 2020
  • My favorite morning beverage. I love the malty taste. I steep 4 minutes and sometimes add a little honey
  • Amazing flavor
  • 5 star rating
  • Kelly – MI – August 02, 2020
  • This is the best Scottish breakfast tea I've ever had - and I've tried a lot of them. It's got the usual strength and malt, but there are some really nice complex undertones to it that make it really wonderful.
  • Delicious, Distinctive Taste
  • 5 star rating
  • Chris – NE – June 18, 2020
  • Rich, sweet, strong black tea with a wee hint of Scottish peat, like fine whiskey. Unique and satisfying. Eye-opener. You must-try. It stands out among black tea blends. I alternate bins of Scottish Breakfast Blend with my go-to classic tea Organic English Breakfast. I can't do without either. Thank you, Upton Tea Company.
  • Superb strong breakfast tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Tom – MO – May 29, 2020
  • Quite a strong and robust taste; great with milk.
  • My go-to breakfast blend
  • 4 star rating
  • Chris – WA – November 04, 2019
  • Since I first tried it, this was close to my platonic ideal of what I wanted in a breakfast blend. Sweet with something spicy, probably owing to the Chinese in the blend.
  • My daily tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Bodhi – NH – July 11, 2019
  • Usually I drink three cups of this a day, with milk. As I've gotten older my preferences have shifted to more full-bodied, robust teas, and my steeping time has gradually increased. I didn't think I ever went as low as the three minutes that's recommended here. I probably started with 5 or 6. I'm up to 13 at the moment, and get a taste I love!
  • Classic tastes you can't pass up!
  • 4 star rating
  • Theodore – IN – April 19, 2019
  • The initial pour over the tea is a highlight. The aroma is classic "tea". In my opinion, this is a great iced tea blend. For hot tea, if steep is short, the taste is balanced. There is a bitter after taste on the back end, but as a sweet tea it would be an amazing refreshment as the there are subtle hints of caramel, chocolate, a bit of citrus.
  • Strong black tea
  • 3 star rating
  • Marty – MO – January 09, 2019
  • I have been trying a bunch of black teas to try and find one I like because I've generally not been a fan of the flavor that I'd describe as "sock-y". This tea has a very strong flavor and I did not enjoy its taste. If you are a fan of black tea then you will likely enjoy it.
  • A gentle eye-opener for mornings
  • 5 star rating
  • John – NJ – November 15, 2018
  • This tea satisfies me better than any other for breakfast/morning use. I have sought in many places, but nowhere else have I found such a brisk and crisp blend. Good with milk and / or sugar, or just as is. Upton's have done themselves proud! Especially good for winter breakfasts.
  • My morning go-to for years!
  • 5 star rating
  • Dave – MO – September 12, 2018
  • I've bought it by the kilo for years. Always balanced, bracing, rich and delicious.
  • The perfect breakfast blend ...
  • 5 star rating
  • C. M. – AZ – August 22, 2018
  • ... has been my favorite morning brew for many years! Rich & hearty with milk & sugar.
  • Mmmmmm
  • 5 star rating
  • Mary – CT – August 19, 2018
  • I LOVE this tea, I've always been an Irish Breakfast fan, my allegiance has now switched. It's perfect when steeped for 3 min, sweet to the tongue with the delightful maltiness for which assam teas are famous. I bought a big tin of this and little samples of other breakfast teas for comparison; my bet paid off, this was by far my favorite!
  • Would give this tea ten stars if I could!
  • 5 star rating
  • Virginia Waterman – NC – February 05, 2018
  • Been drinking this tea for years~have gotten family members and friends to try it and once tried, to love it as well! As other reviewers have noted, has a wonderfully strong but smooth taste, and a smoky note that reminds me of the Outer Hebrides on a chilly morning. Please never stop offering this wonderful tea.
  • Exceptional
  • 5 star rating
  • Lois – NH – January 23, 2018
  • Taylor's Scottish breakfast fan but this is tops it in complexity of flavor and strength. Very satisfying.
  • Morning favorite
  • 5 star rating
  • Brian – ID – January 07, 2018
  • I hope everyone finds a tea that pleases them as much as this one pleases me in the morning.
  • The best part of waking up
  • 5 star rating
  • Tim – WI – December 09, 2017
  • Dark, malty with a touch of spicy smokiness. This is a great blend to replace your coffee dependency. Great with milk (or even cream) and sugar to cut the bite. Don't over brew it or it gets bitter.
  • A hearty cup
  • 5 star rating
  • J.J. – IL – November 29, 2017
  • Hands down, the best Scottish Breakfast blend I've tried. Strong & malty, it has a heft and depth that is particularly appealing, with the slightest hint of smokiness, (probably from the Yunnan), which makes it unique. Five minute steep, plus milk & a little sugar--perfect.
  • Lovely smooth morning tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Linda – ME – November 28, 2017
  • I’ve been drinking Keemun for decades, and tried this tea on a whim a few years ago. It’s become my morning tea — its smooth, blended flavor is assertive but doesn’t hit you over the head. Very comforting, warm wake up call. I steep for 3 minutes tops to keep the tanins at bay.
  • A real morning eye opener
  • 5 star rating
  • Ann – VA – October 24, 2017
  • This is the only beverage I have found that makes sure I get to work on time and ready for the day ahead. I am not a morning person and I do not drink coffee. I steep it for 4 minutes and pair it with whole or 2% milk. I love it!
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