English Breakfast

A perfect breakfast tea with good body and full tea flavour notes. Coppery bright – especially enticing with milk.
Steeping Time Steep: 4-6 Minutes
Amount: 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Steeping Temperature Water Temp: 212° F
Medium CaffeineMedium
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Today the habit of tea drinking is inexorably linked to the British despite the fact that the British were fairly late on the tea scene in historical terms. Ironically the first mention of tea in English literature is a translation of a Dutchman's travels to the east. Tea was first brought to England via Holland on Dutch ships. Since tea was becoming an "in" beverage the British government became quite incensed that a tiny nation such as the Netherlands would control the shipment of tea to the UK. In 1651 the British government passed the Navigation Acts which forbade the importation of any products on non-British ships. Traders and Dutchmen, being resourceful continued the trade in the usual manner but for one little wrinkle - The tea was transshipped in Holland onto British ships!

Afternoon tea was the invention of Anna, wife of the seventh Duke of Bedford. At that time custom dictated only two planned meals per day: a hearty breakfast and a late evening dinner. Anna in a effort to ease the "sinking feeling" began instructing her servants to prepare tea and cakes in the late afternoon. Thus began a fashionable habit which still exists today.

Breakfast teas are hardy, robust blends that take milk well. The origins of the first breakfast tea, English breakfast is a bit obscure.  One story has it that a tea purveyor named Drysdale came up with a blend he labeled as “Breakfast” in the mid-1800s, to make it clear that the tea was meant to be paired with the morning meal, perhaps. At any rate, the concept of a “breakfast” blend caught on, and spawned additional variants. Another story starts off in 1843 in New York City of all places. Richard Davies enveloped a blend of tea in a fancy foil exterior, and named it English Breakfast tea. It became so popular that other inquisitive retailers wrote to London asking where to get it, but no Englishman ever heard of it. Eventually the mixture was sent to China where it was duplicated. Davies attempted to expand but got swindled and died broke

Additional Info

Additional Info

Tin Weight (ounces) No
Ingredients Black tea from Sri Lanka, Kenya, and India
Steep Temperature 212° F
Steep Time 4-6 Minutes
Caffeine Level Medium Caffeine
Amount Tea 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Multiple Infusion? No
Tea Attributes Blood Sugar/Diabetes
Choose Color No


Customer Reviews (6)

A wonderful teaReview by JUDY
Reminds me of my vacation in England. I love it black, but also works well with a bit of milk. I love all sorts of tea, but I keep coming back to basic English Breakfast Tea time and again-and this one is very good. (Posted on 11/25/2017)
Strong and BoldReview by Noreen
Exactly what I would expect from an English Breakfast tea: strong and bold. Excellent flavor! (Posted on 3/15/2017)
Strong Review by grace
Strong breakfast tea. (Posted on 1/2/2017)
UbiquitiousReview by Karen
I consider English Breakfast to be the quintessential breakfast tea, and this specific formulation is the best I have ever had! (Posted on 5/10/2016)
tastes like homeReview by Michael
This tea is warm and inviting, it perfectly with any breakfast meal and is perfect for consumption before bed. (Posted on 9/8/2014)
tastes like homeReview by Marie
This tea is warm and inviting and reminds me of teas I drank as a child growing up in the UK. The flavor is very subtle and complements any morning meal. I also find it quite soothing for consumption before bed. (Posted on 9/8/2014)

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