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English Breakfast

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A Whittard firm favourite for well over a century now…

English Breakfast tea became something of a national drink when word got out that Queen Victoria was a fan; Walter Whittard was quick to follow suit, creating his own distinctive blend from a selection of different tea gardens in the West Java region. A Whittard firm favourite for well over a century now, our English Breakfast tea is smooth, versatile and invigorating with a robust malty richness - particularly delicious served with a splash of milk to accompany a hearty 'full English'.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Refreshing, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Rich, smooth and robust

  • Food pairing

    Breakfast, as the name suggests!

  • When to drink

    Designed for breakfast, but good enough to drink all day long

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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* * * * * Perfect by Zafar Khan on 28th June 2018

Beautiful pick me up

* * * * * Good cup of English Breakfast! by Rachel Lenover on 23rd April 2018

English Breakfast is my favourite type of tea. I was really looking forward to tasting Whittard's take on this classic, and it certainly didn't disappoint! It's a rich, bold brew with a nice nutty aroma. It tastes especially good with a small splash of milk; I think the dairy really helps to bring out some of the more subtle flavour notes in this blend.

* * * * * Wonderful blend by Janna on 5th March 2018

My favourite tea ever, not only for breakfast! Since I drink my tea with milk, the blend must have this strong flavour and richness. My friend brought it as a small gift to Belgium for me and I recently bought a large amount here... Absolutely worth the cost.

* * * * - Fabulous classic by Charlotte on 19th February 2018

Nothing beats a good cup of English breakfast - and this does not disappoint. Beautiful flavour and character to the tea. Wish it was a little stronger.

* * * * * My favourite tea by Nicky on 16th February 2018

This is the only tea I drink ( in the teabags). It has a really good strong fresh taste and flavour, which I enjoy with a splash of milk. Perfect to get me through the early mornings

* * * - - Not the same as it was by Paul Dawson on 13th January 2018

This was my favourite breakfast tea until I opened the latest batch. This has a distinct woody/spicy taste to it which you can smell as it brews. Please please bring back the old blend. I’m really missing my old tea.

* * * * * Top quality breakfast tea. by Jonathan Randle on 1st September 2017

Lovely breakfast tea, you can taste the rich quality in this fantastic blend, I like it on the strong side, great start to the day!!!

* * * * - Like, but miss Whittard Original by Jorge M. on 12th May 2017

I really enjoy your English Breakfast tea, which I have been drinking for about 15 years. Although, I far prefer that delicious taste of Whittard Original, which sadly is no longer for sale. Please go back and sell it again.

* * * * * Tasty Tea by Helen Fitzer on 15th January 2017

This is by far the nicest English Breakfast tea I've tasted. A special weekend treat

* * * * * LOVELY TEA by Pads Chang on 14th July 2016

English Breakfast has a really smooth and rich texture, and virtually no bitter taste. It's not particularly aromatic, but very refreshing and satisfactory.

* * * * * Absolutely Spot On by Steve Anderson on 8th July 2016

I was given one of your presentation boxes as it was unwanted by the recipient. No interest for him but what a positive delight for me! I'd not tried this Breakfast Tea before but now I drink at least two large cups, without milk but with sugar, every morning. I was running low on it so visited this web site specially, in part thanks to information on the box. I have just received a beautifully packed hamper of teas, including more of this one. Pure Heaven in the making...and thank goodness for unwanted presents!

* * * * * I like it by Ed Berner on 2nd January 2016

I am Swiss and I do not drink often tea. But this one is fine. Just drinking it with some milk. I like the smooth taste.

* * * * * Well crafted, Well worth it by Rex Peters on 23rd November 2015

I First encountered Whittard's English Breakfast in bags as a jet-lagged traveler, in Belgium. Prepared for the usual hotel offering of bitter, astringent "English Breakfast" (tolerable only with equal parts milk), I was pleasantly refreshed by the distinctive rich blend. Two full pots without milk at all (sans issues) marked a grand beginning to the week. I wish they were here in the U. S. A.

* * * - - Nice - but too expensive by David Hobson on 2nd November 2015

This makes a lovely cup of tea, but at this price, it should! VERY hard to justify this price for a regular cuppa - it's really not that much better.

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The tea gardens of Java were originally planted by the Dutch in the 1700s. However, the Camellia sinensis tea cuttings smuggled from China didn’t suit the Indonesian soil and the industry had dwindled by the 19th century. When the British discovered the Camellia assamica tea plant growing wild in West Bengal, the Dutch tried their luck with new cuttings – and it proved a hit. Tea from the region has similar strength and taste to full-bodied Assam, making it perfect for breakfast blends.

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