8 English Breakfast Teas To Start Your Day Right

Last updated: August 24, 2020 at 9:12 am

English Breakfast tea and Irish Breakfast are some of the most popular traditional blended teas.

How are the tea blends made?

Teas from different regions with different characters can be mixed to achieve new, dimensional flavors. The art and the challenge of tea blending is to get a consistent result with every batch. Once the tea master successfully created a new tea blend, he would need to be able to reproduce it, again and again, so the loyal customer would get the same exactly cup of their favorite English Breakfast every morning.

Black tea is a great starting point for the tea producers to get creative with blends and flavors. Some blends are made with additional flavoring agents like fruits and spices, others only include different types of Camellia Sinensis leaves.

What is the difference between English Breakfast and afternoon teas?

There are two main types of traditional black tea blends – morning blends (English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, Yorkshire Tea) and afternoon teas. Afternoon blends are the lighter, refreshing types of tea, such as Darjeelings or Chinese Oolongs. Mornings blends are full bodied, rich, and robust, usually based on Assam, Ceylon, and Keemun teas. Whether to have them with milk and sugar is up to you. However, that’s a longstanding British custom – indeed.

Why is it called English Breakfast tea?

It’s easy to see why once you’ve sampled the tea. English Breakfast tea will hold up to a traditional, protein-rich English breakfast. But here’s the fun part – the tea didn’t get its name in England. New York City was the first to hear of it thanks to some clever marketing by a British immigrant named Roger Davies. In 1834, Davies created a strong black tea blend using Chinese and Indian black teas. Once NYC retailers started selling this blend, it became so popular that letters were sent to London enquiring about its origins. And that was how England came to hear about English Breakfast tea. Up until then, the strong black teas consumed there had simply been known as ‘morning teas’ (as opposed to lighter, gentler afternoon teas).

Tasting notes

Close your eyes while brewing a good English Breakfast tea and you may find yourself dreaming of misty mountains, or freshly tilled fields compliments of the deep, earthy scents and smokey undertones. The strong, rich teas are perfectly suited to a bit of cream or milk and won’t fail to wake you up and get you going. The strong flavor will hold up to the heartiest of breakfasts and coldest of mornings.

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English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea

An invigorating blend of organic black teas. A fine blend of high quality black teas, this English Breakfast tea provides a robust and flavorful experience that is sure to make your morning. Get a fresh start to your day with this exceptional tea.
Harney & Sons, HT Tea Blend, English Breakfast, 20 Tea Sachets

Harney & Sons, HT Tea Blend, English Breakfast, 20 Tea Sachets

Tea Blends · Unique & Uncommon Kosher A Black Tea Blend of Ceylon and African Teas. English Breakfast This full-bodied yet mellow tea is a great way to start each day. We have chosen Kenya and Kenilworth for this blend. The golden tips of Milima are reminiscent of Assam and the bold leaves of Ceylon's Kenilworth are very mellow.
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Irish Breakfast Tea Organic, Fair Trade

Irish Breakfast Tea Organic, Fair Trade

Created to match the style favored by the tea-loving Irish, this blend features a blend of Organic Black Teas, giving it a dark full-bodied, malty flavor that’s slightly stronger than the English Breakfast Tea. As its name implies, Irish Breakfast Tea is an ideal accompaniment to a morning meal, and the addition of milk and sugar to this tea creates a warm, solid flavor and aroma, providing a velvety smooth texture.
English Breakfast

English Breakfast

Robust with flavor, our traditional blend of organic loose leaf black tea is perfect for starting the day. This Sri Lanka black tea brews smooth and malty, with a clean finish.
English Breakfast Eco Teabag Sachets

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Start your day anywhere with our smooth and malty English Breakfast teabag. Biodegradable and eco-friendly, our organic English Breakfast teabags brew sweet and woodsy with a clean finish.
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Classic English Breakfast Black Tea

Classic English Breakfast Black Tea

Our classic breakfast tea is a rich combination of strong, full-bodied and robust teas handpicked from the finest estates of Assam and goes perfectly with a dash of milk and sugar. English Breakfast is among the most popular tea blends in the world. Popularized by the Queen Victoria of England, it is traditionally paired with a hearty English breakfast. Assam is known..
English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea

Rich and robust, this stays true to the classic English breakfast, Its stand-out features are its flavors that are of a progressively gradient nature. They start mellow and sweet going all the way to strong and high-fired. Along the way, you taste notes of honey and malt, with a hint of tobacco.
Irish Breakfast Tea

Irish Breakfast Tea

Peppy and unabashedly euphoric, the flavors in this breakfast blend are bold, uplifting and utterly stimulating. Perfect with a dash of milk, an Irish breakfast tea is your bet for a pick-me-up tonic in the mornings, and then every other hour of the day

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