English Breakfast Tea BOP

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Brewing instructions

Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes

Brewing instructions

English Breakfast BOP Tea is a popular blend of Assam and Ceylon Teas, that uses only Broken Orange Pekoe. But what does that mean? The term “broken”, as it might already suggest, means that the tea leaves have been quite literally broken into smaller pieces, which often boasts a stronger character in cup compared to that of any FOP tea (Flowery Orange Pekoe).

A common misconception is that whole leaf teas are better than broken leaf teas. This is not true. “Orange”, meanwhile, is said to have derived from Holland’s ‘House of Orange’, the Dutch Royal Family who was once famous for the importing and re-exporting of tea. Essentially, the name “Orange” is associated with quality.

Finally, “Pekoe” derives from a Chinese term 'Pek-ho' and refers to the covering of tiny sliver-hairs on the underside of the leaf of certain types of tea bush. So, what does this mean for your morning cup? And why should you consider English Breakfast FOP Tea? Largely owing to these referred qualities, this beverage is notably full-bodied and consists of strong malty overtones. A hearty brew to the last drop, English Breakfast BOP is an excellent choice for anyone looking to ‘branch’ out in the world of tea.

Breakfast Teas have long been associated with English upper-class gentry. But this is not necessarily the case, as many historians today believe that English Breakfast Tea was made in Scotland, not England! According to some records; which should be noted, are somewhat scarce; the concept of a Breakfast Tea was first marketed by a Scottish Tea Master called Robert Drysdale. It is said that during a stay at Balmoral, Scotland, Queen Victoria enjoyed the blend so much that she subsequently took a supply with her when she returned to England. Soon after, the blend was renamed to become known as “English Breakfast Tea”.

There is one other theory; albeit with less historical evidence compared to the Scottish theory; that actually states that English Breakfast Tea was first made in the United States during the 19th Century. According to this story, Breakfast Tea never even existed in the British Isles until it was brought over from the US. This was after it was invented by Richard Davies in New York City in 1843, or so the story goes. Perhaps we will never know the truth! What we do know, however, is that English Breakfast Tea, no matter its history, is one of the most popular beverages in the world today. And rightfully so, too. 

Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.

Origin: Assam, India and the Uva district, Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.

How to Serve: English Breakfast BOP can be served with near enough anything (within reason). Consider adding lemon, honey, sugar, or milk - the choice is ultimately yours.

Tasting Notes: English Breakfast BOP consists of a bold malty character, both in flavour and aroma. It has slightly sweet undertones when consumed without any accompaniments, and makes for a good daytime cup of tea.

Colour in Cup: Ruby-brown liquor, dark in tone.

Health Benefits: History aside, English Breakfast Tea, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, can have incredible medicinal qualities. This is according to modern science, with countless studies now establishing these health benefits on a yearly basis. Need to improve your heart health, or maybe lose a few pounds, English Breakfast BOP can help you. Want to lower your cholesterol, or perhaps enhance your cognitive function? This beverage has got it covered.

Additional info
  • Type
    Black Tea, Blends
  • Health Points
    Health Points
    Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
  • Caffeine Level
    Caffeine Level
  • Options
    Loose Tea
  • Time of Day
    Time of Day
    Breakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon
  • Country
    Ceylon, India