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English Breakfast Tea

$4.50$30.60

The 16 oz size includes a 15% discount.

  • 2 oz
  • 4 oz
  • 8 oz
  • 16 oz
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Description

English Breakfast Tea

Our English Breakfast Tea is a perfect Traditional English style breakfast tea with good body and full flavor notes. Coppery and bright color, it is especially enticing with milk.  Blended with teas from Sri Lanka, Kenya and India, it makes a wonderful tea to have with a Traditional English Breakfast of poached eggs on toast with baked beans, cheddar and cream cheeses and cured meats.

The habit of tea drinking is inexorably linked to England 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. As tea grew to become an “in” beverage, the British government became quite incensed that a nation as tiny as the Netherlands could 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!

Early in British life tea was known as a health beverage and claimed all sorts of curative powers. In the 1650’s, Garway’s Coffee House proclaimed that:

“Tea makes the body active and lusty. Tea is declared to be the most wholesome; preserving perfect health until extreme Old Age.”

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

We carry other Breakfast, Estate and Blended Black teas, so you can change up the subtle character of your morning cuppa.  Each have their own character, body, strength and feel.  Each have their own loyal following and many of our friends buy several so they can change up their mornings.  You might want to consider our Irish Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast, Canadian Breakfast or English Breakfast Teas, or our Kenilworth, Tezpur Estate Assam or Pettiagalla Estate teas, or even our Castleton Estate Darjeeling. or Anhui Keemun China Black Tea.

Hot Tea Steeping Instructions: Put 1 heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 8oz of water in your tea cup or teapot. Using a tea infuser to hold the tea makes it easier. Pour boiling water over the tea. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Iced Tea Instructions: For a Liter or quart use 2 heaping Tbsp. of loose tea into teapot. Pour 1 1/4 cup boiled water on tea. Steep 3 to 5 min. Strain tea into pitcher, adding water and/or ice to complete the liter or quart. Garnish & sweeten to taste.

Contains: Luxury Black tea

Additional information

Weight 2.000 oz
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Tea Sizes

2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz

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