English Breakfast Tea is a blend producing a full-bodied, strong flavored, colorful tea. It is one of the most popular blended teas and the most common form of tea in British tea culture.
English breakfast tea is a black tea blend usually described as full-bodied, robust, and/or rich, and blended to go well with milk and sugar, in a style traditionally associated with a hearty English breakfast. The blend is now popular as an everyday, everyman drink in England for any time of day, popular in both homes and offices. It is nicknamed builder’s tea (construction workers) due to its popularity with working people.
The black teas included in the blend vary, with Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas predominating, and Keemun sometimes included in more expensive blends. Common brands of English breakfast tea include Twinings, Dilmah, Taylors of Harrogate, Ahmad Tea, Qualitea and Darvilles of Windsor. Other popular black tea brands, such as Yorkshire Tea and PG Tips, are similar to English breakfast tea, despite not being marketed as such. English supermarket own-brand black tea blends are usually marketed as Red Label.