English Breakfast Tea Blends

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One of the most popular questions in the shop is: do we have a traditional English Breakfast tea? As with most tea subjects, the answer is not a simple "yes" or "no." Here's what we learned while researching the interesting history of breakfast tea blends.
In the nineteenth century, British tea companies such as Lipton and Twinings created blends of Chinese black teas for British tea drinkers, often using Keemun or Yunnan. English breakfast blends were made to be simple, early morning teas for middle-class consumers. 

In the mid- to late-nineteenth century British tea companies began to import tea from India (where they had direct control over tea production) and slowly started to convert British consumers over to the new Indian teas, such as Assam and Nilgiri. In time, British tea drinkers made this switch, preferring the brisker flavor of Indian tea more than the milder Chinese tea.

In our Kirkland tea shop and online, we carry an English Breakfast tea which is a blend of two organic Indian teas (an Assam from northern India and a Nilgiri from southern India). For those who like a brisk black tea, the Irish Breakfast is a great option. Our house breakfast blend is Lizzy's Breakfast Supreme, three types of black tea plus a touch of oolong. We recommend trying the various blends straight as well as with milk and sweetener to see which you like better.

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