On Thursday 21st April It is National Tea Day which happens to co-inside with Her Royal Majesty's 90th Birthday as well as St. George's Day on Saturday 23rd April. To celebrate such a week of Great British-ness, our Tea of the Week is English Breakfast Tea.

We also are launching a NEW Strong English Breakfast Tea this week to help us celebrate! Perfect for hard water areas and those who need a real kick to get up and go!

We drink cupfuls and potfuls of English Breakfast tea every day and all over the country but what exactly make English Breakfast so, well, English?

Tea is an icon of British culture. Blended to accompany a hearty, rich morning breakfast such as a full English or a fry up, they are a robust, full-bodied blends, which when milk it added, it creates a comforting aroma similar to honey or toast which cuts through the flavours associated with the English Breakfast.

There are lots of speculation as to how this blend came about; Tea itself is said to have come into fashion by a Portuguese Princess; Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II. When she brought over a tea chest from her homeland.

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The blend is said to have originated from an English tea merchant Richard Davis settled in American in 1843 and is said to have invented English breakfast tea in New York City.

It is also said to have come from Scotland, by tea master; Drysdale, who in 1892 saw the need for stronger flavoured tea to cut through the heaviness of breakfast. It rose to popularity after it was favoured by Queen Victoria after a stay at Balmoral. On her return to England, she brought a chest home with her and renamed it English Breakfast Tea.

However, originally English breakfast tea would have been a mixture of Chinese teas such as a Congou but during the Opium Wars, the embargo on tea meant that Chinese tea was no longer available which came at the same time that the British East India Company started trading with India . The two were mixed to produce a breakfast blend and in time, the Chinese tea was substituted for Ceylon.

So, now we know that Breakfast Tea really has little to do with England, it was invented in either American or Scotland....using Indian, Chinese or Ceylon teas.

Maybe that is exactly what makes English Breakfast tea so British, it is a splendid cup of tea that is 'steeped' British history and it reflects the cultural diversity of our Great Nation?

Whatever the reasons are for this tea being the nation's favourite, we at Kent Tea are very favourable to it. Now, where is that slice Victoria Sponge cake at?

We also stock a range of Breakfast Teas, from Our Queen Victora Blend, Queen Mary, Scottish Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and Russian Breakfast- just as a few examples. See our full range of Breakfast Teas.