What is ‘English Breakfast Tea?’
While we have discussed the fascinating history of tea in one of our previous blog posts, this is a part of tea’s history that we didn’t get to yet. Believe it or not, if you drink black tea, you probably have had English breakfast tea!
True teas are made with Camellia sinensis, whether black, green, or white. The difference between them is in how they are processed. Black teas are crushed and rolled to cause oxidation -which turns the leaves black.
Black teas vary in taste and scent depending on several factors, such as the land on which it is grown, also known as the terroir, and the various flowers or herbs mixed into the tea blend.
Traditionally, English breakfast tea combines several different black teas. Assam tea is often the base black tea for English Breakfast teas. It comes from India and is blended with other teas from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Africa, or Keemun, which comes from China.
It’s the subtle differences between these black teas that gives each English breakfast tea blends their distinctive flavor, including our Royal Crest British Breakfast Tea.
The History of Breakfast Tea
The term breakfast tea probably didn’t come into use until about the 18th century and was marketed by vendors shipping it from England to the Americas. Not everyone agrees with how the term originated.
Some believe it was the brainchild of a New York-based tea merchant named Richard Davies. Historical records show that Davies began using the term ‘breakfast tea’ in advertisements around 1843. Davies was originally from Great Britain and blended several Chinese black teas to make his now-famous tea blend.
Others believe it was in the following year, in 1884, when Joseph M. Walsh published his book, “A Cup of Tea,” in which the concept of ‘breakfast tea’ is mentioned, that the term originated with him.
Still, other tea historians believe it was a Scottish tea merchant by the name of Richard Drysdale who invented the idea of English Breakfast Tea. Tea historians point to a trip that England’s Queen Victoria made to Balmoral, the royal residence in Scotland that same year.
Queen Victoria tasted and very much enjoyed the taste of the tea marketed as English Breakfast Tea. She liked it so much that she took a substantial amount back with her, and the name stuck.
No matter the actual history or just how the name came about, English Breakfast Teas are one of the most popular tea blends worldwide and are here to stay.
What’s Different About
Our Royal Crest British Breakfast Black Tea?
With our Royal Crest Teas, Sir Jason Winters wanted to continue the tradition by offering a classic black tea blend that was high in flavonoids, heart-healthy, and had all the delicious taste that our customers expect from Sir Jason Winters teas.
Along with the traditional blend of Assam, Keemun, and Ceylon black teas, we have added the following herbs for their taste and relaxing nature.
- Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – This beautiful delicate flower has long been valued for its relaxing and de-stressing properties. The scent is reminiscent of sun-warmed honey and adds an enticing aroma to the tea.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – Lavender is also an herb known for its de-stressing and relaxation-inducing scent. It has been used to give an enticing aroma to teas and culinary dishes around the world and adds a refreshing taste to our English Breakfast Black Tea blend.
- Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) – Lemongrass is well-known for its lemony fresh scent and citrus-like flavor and as a digestive aid. Traditional herbalists around the world have valued it for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory nature and has antioxidant properties.
- Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – Native to Europe and valued for its cooling taste, spearmint is commonly used to flavor teas and give them extra depth and ‘sparkle.’ Spearmint also contains antioxidants and a compound known as carvone that may help to lower high blood pressure and can also aid digestion.
Serving Royal Crest
British Breakfast Black Tea
Our signature tea sachets allow room for the tea leaves to expand as they are steeped. This allows you to brew a better brew. Each sachet will brew two to three cups of tea in a single pot.
Pour boiling water over the tea sachet, and the tea is ready to serve in just 1-3 minutes! Drink it cold or hot, sweetened or not. Our tea is stout enough that if you want to add milk or cream, it’s a delicious way to enjoy it, too!
This tea uses pyramid sachets made of biodegradable starch material. Even the string and tags are attached by ultrasonic sealing, not glue.
It is also certified organic, all-natural, gluten-free, and kosher. All our teas are blended and packed in the USA.
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Brochard, Gilles. The Tea Box. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2001. Print.
Walsh, Joseph M. A Cup of Tea. Philadelphia, via U.S. Library of Congress, 1884. Web.
Weatherstone, John. Tea – A Journey in Time: Pioneering and Trials in the Jungle. Fakenham, Norfolk: JJG, 2008. Print.