Rare English Breakfast
Rare English Breakfast

Rare English Breakfast Loose Leaf Black Tea

8 reviews
Regular price £9.99
(25p per cup)

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Blended in the style of the original 19th century English Breakfast from only the finest leaf. A combination of some of our most sublime single estate black loose leaf teas to create something even greater than the sum of its parts.

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04 May 2024
Masafumi Y.


taste is Excellent!

16 January 2023
George O.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

English breakfast tea

Very nice with subtle tastes. Great to wake up to and for teatime!

19 April 2022
Lawrence H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fabulous rare tea

A superb breakfast blend, great depth of flavour and a smooth finish, just fabulous.

17 March 2022
Debra L.
United States United States

The perfect cup of tea...

Black tea in the morning is how I prefer to start my day. Rare English Breakfast tea is one of the few I enjoy without anything in it (i.e. milk/honey/sugar) since it is such a perfectly balanced flavor on the palate. Thank you Rare Tea Co.!

02 April 2021
Bob W.
United States United States

Rare English Breakfast

My cousin from London visited us here in Pittsburgh last week and I served her Rare English Breakfast one morning. She took a sip, smiled and complemented the brew, and was surprised that Americans could produce such a delicious tea. Do I tell her the tea actually is from England, or do I let her think we Yanks aren’t really colonial savages? Yeah, I confessed.

Tasting Notes

It has a unique depth of flavour that combines the power of a Breakfast Tea with an elegant complexity. A rich and aromatic honey nose with a deep malty finish.


Use 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion use 80°C (185°F) water. If drinking with milk, raise to 90°C (194°F).


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.


You can infuse this tea at least twice. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

25p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

Origin & Craft

The term English Breakfast was invented in New York City in around 1901 to describe what English people drank for breakfast; a blend of black teas. Never before had tea been blended - this is what the British brought to tea. Up until this point teas had been sold and drunk much like single malt whisky. Keemun came from Qimen, Anhui, China. Darjeeling from the slopes of the Indian Himalayas. It was a profound breakthrough in the evolution of teas to begin to blend teas from such diverse terroirs.

The result was so fantastic it sealed the fate for many of us - we are hooked and enslaved to this most wonderous of drinks.

The point was never make something cheap and bland - like modern, industrial, dusty blends hiding in tea-bags - but to make something GREATER than the sum of its parts. This beautiful blend combines the finest Chinese black teas with the best from around the globe.

(There is no Assam in this blend, which would have been traditional, because we have always struggled to find a farm crafting orthodox (hand-crafted), organically grown tea of amazing quality, that also supports the people who live and work on the land in a way that makes us proud to be associated with them. But we have always found Malawi tea can substitute superbly - far better indeed.)

Serving Suggestions

This tea was designed to be drunk with and without milk – depending on your preferred morning ritual and what you're having for breakfast. You might want to try it with milk if you're having a traditional English Breakfast fry up – but if you're having marmalade on toast, we recommend it black.

There are no rules. The most important thing is your personal pleasure. It's also just as delicious in the afternoon, quite frankly we believe it's always tea time.

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