Although the English were not the first Europeans to bring tea from China, they certainly are credited to making it immensely popular. In the early days, tea was a super luxury item and only the very rich (royalty and nobility) could afford.
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But whatever the "in crowd" liked the masses also wanted. As teas popularity increased, special fast sailing vessels called Clippers transported tea to the eager English tea drinkers. With the advent of steam ships, shipping became faster and less expensive. As the British empire expanded and tea was grown in India and Africa and as transportation costs decreased and tea production increased, tea became less expensive, its popularity increased and demand soared. The masses adored it and it soon became a very English habit.
Even though the English loved their tea, it is believed that the moniker English Breakfast Tea was first coined by an American merchant who was selling a blend of Chinese black teas. Perhaps associating his tea to the English, helped his sales as many American merchants adopted the name. However, it was Queen Victoria who popularized the name as she traveled to Scotland's Balmoral Castle and wanted to differentiate her special English tea blend which she enjoyed at breakfast.
Today, English Breakfast Teas, while not uniformly standard, are commonly a blend of Chinese, Indian and African black teas. As is ours. As you drink this tea in the morning, think back to the glorious Empire days as you steel yourself for the day ahead. Carpe Diem. Sieze the day with this tried and true morning starter.
Additionally, our tea is certified organic.Base leaf: Organic Black tea.
My wife and I drink tea most days and we always drink loose leaf tea and wanted to try a new company so we ordered from Good Life Tea which we found by doing a search for organic tea. We like decaf so we bought their English Breakfast Organic Decaf Black tea and after two servings recommend it to any tea lover. The tea arrived quickly with several free samples and a hand written note which was a nice touch. The only down side is their limited offering of decaf which many of us older folks now prefer and I hope they continue to grow the product line with more decaf offerings. I highly recommend Good Life Tea, nothing negative to say about this company except enjoy their tea.