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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 20 reviews)

  • 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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