Taking for granted the medium level (of flavor strength label) of this tea was a wrong act. Based from its aroma, one would definitely indulge a big gulp. That's what I did when I had my very first cup of English Breakfast Tea. To be honest, I did not quite like its flavor. I thought it was too strong for me. I knew it will take me a while to evaluate fully the taste. And so from one sip to another, I ended up drinking the whole cup.
My primary reaction of its bitterness is basically because of my expectation. At least now I know what Twinings' medium flavor strength tastes like in my mouth. Once I learned that the English Breakfast Tea is actually a black tea, I just started loving it. My sister gave me a bunch of teas so I am just basically trying out everything. In which I am really thankful for because I have now a good alternative of coffee. Green tea is a good alternative but I must say English Breakfast Tea is just as good as coffee.
Sometimes I drizzle a teaspoon of honey and/or milk to have a bit of sweet taste. I have not tried it cold yet. Other times, I pair it with a sweet fruit like banana, mango, or (in the photo) langka. I usually take some tea late in the afternoon or as meal for dinner (that is if I pair it with fruits) and it really keeps me up for hours.
If you're a (black) coffee lover or tea lover, you really have to check this one out! It's fantastic. :)