English Breakfast Tea was not created in England.
Traditionally the blend is made up of Assam, Ceylon or Darjeeling tea with a few variations of Keenum in there too. These teas obviously don’t grow in England but in India, Sri Lanka and China. This is not the ‘did you know?’ moment however!
‘English Breakfast tea’ was created in AMERICA and was just called Breakfast Tea until 1892, when the tea made its way to Scotland. The name changed, when Queen Victoria visited Balmoral Castle and took a supply of it home, the tea then was given the prefix ‘English’.
So our ‘Did you know’ moment is: that there is really nothing English about this tea, other than who popularised it!
Now here is an extra piece of knowledge for you, in 2005 England became home to its 1st tea plantation. A company called Tregothnan, based in Cornwall. So, English, English breakfast tea is actually available!