The British have been drinking a black tea blend for breakfast for hundreds of years. Accounts of English Breakfast Tea's origins vary. According to tea historians the tea blend known as "English breakfast tea" actually originated in America's colonial times and not in England. The earliest writings date back to 1843 when an English immigrant living in New York city blended a base of Congou and added some Pekoe and Pouchong. It became wildly popular in New York and its success led to knockoffs which helped to make the tea blend even more sought after.
While today the consumption of tea is tied closely to British culture in actuality the Brits were late to the tea scene. It wasn't the English who originally even imported tea into their own country it was first brought over by the Dutch. As tea became increasingly popular in England the British government decided that this tiny nation should not control the tea market in the great United Kingdom. In 1651 the Navigation Acts were passed by the British government which outlawed the importing of tea into Britain on non-British ships. Successful Dutch importers quickly adapted and transferred tea in Holland from Dutch owned ships to British ships before they made their way to ports in England.
English breakfast tea is the most common form of tea in the British tea culture. This is a traditional blend of teas originating from Assam, Ceylon and Kenya. Our English Breakfast is blended with a Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka and an Assam from the Nilgiri region of India.
The wife (Anna) of the 7th Duke of Bedford (1788 - 1861) is credited with creating the ritualistic pastime of afternoon tea. During this period there were only two planned meals each day - a big breakfast and a late evening dinner. Anna hating the mid-afternoon blahs (there was no 5 hour energy drink available at this time) so she began requesting that her staff prepare cakes and tea to be served in the late afternoon. This habit soon became very popular among both the aristocrats and the more common people of the region and it still exists today.
English breakfast tea is traditionally associated with a generous breakfast and our English Breakfast Tea has a robust body with full tea flavor notes. It goes well with milk and sugar and also makes an excellent iced tea.
The tea liquor is bright with orange, coppery highlights.
Medium caffeine. High in antioxidants.
Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags..
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Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.
Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]
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