Shakespeare Blend English Breakfast Tea
Our Shakespeare Blend English Breakfast Tea is a perfect Traditional English style breakfast tea with good body and full flavor notes. Coppery and bright color, it is especially enticing with milk. Blended with teas from Sri Lanka, Kenya and India, it makes a wonderful tea to have with a Traditional English Breakfast of poached eggs on toast with baked beans, cheddar and cream cheeses and cured meats.
The habit of tea drinking is inexorably linked to England despite the fact that the British were fairly late on the tea scene, in historical terms. Ironically the first mention of tea in English literature is a translation of a Dutchman’s travels to the East. Tea was first brought to England via Holland on Dutch ships. As tea grew to become an “in” beverage, the British government became quite incensed that a nation as tiny as the Netherlands could control the shipment of tea to the UK. In 1651 the British government passed the Navigation Acts, which forbade the importation of any products on non-British ships. Traders and Dutchmen, being resourceful, continued the trade in the usual manner but for one little wrinkle – the tea was transshipped in Holland onto British ships!
Early in British life tea was known as a health beverage and claimed all sorts of curative powers. In the 1650’s, Garway’s Coffee House proclaimed that:
“Tea makes the body active and lusty. Tea is declared to be the most wholesome; preserving perfect health until extreme Old Age.”
Afternoon tea was the invention of Anna, wife of the seventh Duke of Bedford. At the time custom dictated only two planned meals per day: a hearty breakfast and a late evening dinner. Anna in an effort to ease the mid-day “sinking feeling”, began instructing her servants to prepare tea and cakes in the late afternoon. Thus began a fashionable habit, which still exists today.
These teas in the wooden boxes are perfect for gift giving, or make them a gift to yourself, since we don’t carry all these flavors In our loose tea selections. We have other teas in the boxes you might want to look at. Since we tend to carry these wooden boxes during the holidays and our flavors can vary, we might not have them all in stock all year long.
Each box contains 25 teabags.
Contains: Black Tea