What Is Breakfast Tea
A question we are often asked: What is Breakfast Tea?, its enjoyed all around the world, often a cup of tea is first! We thought we would treat you to a trip around the globe with the perfect Morning cup of tea, starting with the UK:
English Breakfast Tea - Many countries believe they have the recipe for the perfect cup of tea. Firstly of course and perhaps the most famous is English Breakfast Tea, first created in the 1840's. We are purists when it comes to English Breakfast and maintain a strict 50/50 blend of Ceylon Teas and Assam Teas. Sadly in this day and age many teas have this name but are not quite the real thing. Every time we blend, we carefully select our Assam estate tea (not many get passed our tasting panel!) and our Ceylon Estate Tea is chosen from the best high grown districts of Uva and Nuwara Eliya.
Irish Breakfast Tea - Then we move over to Ireland for the next most famous tea blend “Irish Tea”. The Irish are renown for being the biggest tea drinkers with an average consumption of seven cups of tea a day each! This is a blend of Indian Teas from Assam and high grown Ceylon Teas from Sri Lanka.
Our Irish Breakfast Tea is made up of more Ceylon Tea than it is Assam Teas. A malty character with a bright liquor and a citrus aroma. A good all day tea. We also produce an Irish BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) which has a smaller cut leaf but still very enjoyable.
Scottish Breakfast Tea - The Scots are very discerning when it comes to tea. For the last 150 years adventurous Scots have travelled becoming tea planters around the world leaving a very Scottish influence on the world of tea. Just think of the names of some tea estates “Bannockburn”, “Glendale”, “Kirkoswald” and “Edinburgh”, the list is endless. Upon returning to the Scottish hills they introduced their own take on Scottish Breakfast Tea.... the soft waters of the Highlands required a special tea and that is a blend of teas from Kenya, Assam and Darjeeling. The resulting brew has a well balanced flavour with a fresh and floral aroma.
Welsh Breakfast Tea - Of course Wales could not be left out! The special waters of the Valleys requires a special tea. We blend single estate orthodox leaf teas from Kenya and Assam in north east India. A perfect combination to create a lovely malty Welsh Breakfast Tea and bright and fresh notes, We also are blending up a broken orange pekoe version of this tea.
Indian Breakfast Tea - An early morning cup of tea on the streets of Calcutta as dawn breaks across the Maidan. This all Indian tea is a classic blend of strong malty teas from Assam blended with the champagne of teas from Darjeeling. India has been at the heart of the tea industry for over 150 years and this is a real celebration of India's finest.
Chinese Breakfast tea - From Beijing to Shanghai the classic Chinese Morning Brew is a blend of teas from China. We blend a high grade Keemun from Anhui Province and a black loose leaf tea from Yunnan Province in South China. A tea full of spicy and chocolatey character.
French Breakfast Tea - For the sophisticated French palate we have created a special blend of highest quality loose leaf black teas. The Assam estate tea we use is a Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Special production with plenty of golden tips and a very fine Keemun Mao Feng. A beautiful looking leaf with a great tasting liquor with chocolatey and spicy notes.
Russian Breakfast Tea - Historically Russians do enjoy a cup of tea. Our family connections with Russia go back over 100 years when the family supplied the country with agricultural machines such as threshing machines and machines for the tea industry. This black tea celebrates the history of Russian tea tastes and this blend brings together teas from India, China and East Africa.
Different types of water. Around the world you get different types of water, hard water, soft water or if you are in the high Andes your problem is the low boiling point of water! Everywhere you travel making a cup of tea will be a challenge. Time to experiment and enjoy!