Our signature breakfast tea is completely unique to Tea Palace. Unlike commercial blends where as many as 30 different black teas can be used in the blend (or up to 5 for luxury brands); ours depends on just two luxury, single origin teas: Assam and Ceylon.
We have carefully selected our tea leaves specifically for this blend and think that the quality of using just two ingredients speaks for itself on tasting. The resulting blend is smooth, balanced and classically flavoured with just enough kick to get going!
Palace Breakfast is designed to drink as is, but can be served with milk, honey or sugar as desired.
This exclusive loose leaf tea is available in our range of iconic damask caddies, and also in boxes of 20 individually wrapped crystal pyramid sachets and our new loose-leaf pyramid teabags presented in our standard size caddy to preserve ultimate freshness.
Palace Breakfast is also included in the following signature gift collections:Classic Sample Triple Tube Collection - £12.95 Tea Discovery Gift Set - £24.95 The Book of Tea: Classic Tea Edition - £25.00 Palace Favourites Collection - £32.95 The Essentials Collection - £39.95
The leaves used in our signature Palace Breakfast tea are sourced directly from our partners in India and Sri Lanka and are selected for specific characteristics that particularly enhance our breakfast blend.
Our Assam is robust, spicy and full-bodied whilst our Ceylon is fresh, aromatic and complex; when combined these two leaves result in a fresh, smooth, balanced cup that tastes as energising as it feels.
It isn't possible to pin down an exact date for when breakfast teas were popularised in the UK, but we can reasonably assume that it would have occurred in the 18th century.
By this time, taking a strong "builders" style tea in the late afternoon along with the evening meal (colloquial known as "tea time" in the UK) was well established among the British peasantry and tea was already well-known for its energising effect.
As usual, the fashion for taking tea at breakfast seems to have filtered down from the upper-classes. Some nobles began to take afternoon black teas with breakfast as an invigorating first cup of the day.
True breakfast tea blends almost certainly began in Scotland where a bolder, stronger cup was demanded during breakfast and this lead to the creation of Assam-heavy black tea blends with a proper kick!
Naming of breakfast teas as "English Breakfast" is thought to have two possible origins; one is that Queen Victoria enjoyed the blend whilst visiting Scotland, brought the tea back with her to London and renamed it to "English Breakfast". The other origin is that it was simply the name given in America to breakfast teas from the UK and the name caught on from there!
One thing we can say for certain is that by the 20th century breakfast teas had become so popular that it sits alongside builders as the most popular of teas in Britain; with one, the other or both gracing virtually every kitchen in the country!
Even with substantial competition from coffee to become the morning drink of choice for many - breakfast teas are still going strong and a perennial favourite!
Place one teaspoon per cup into an infuser, filter or teapot. Add freshly boiled water and infuse for 4 minutes. Serve immediately or remove leaves to prevent spoiling. May be enjoyed with milk or lemon to taste.
May contain traces of nuts
Our small sample size caddy is the perfect way to try a new tea.
Contains tea for approximately 14 cups of Black tea.
The refill carton, available in Standard and Large, is a perfect, environmentally friendly way to replenish your Tea Palace Caddies.
Contains enough tea for approximately 60 cups (Standard) or 90 cups (Large) of Black tea.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened tea should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.
Our bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Contains tea for approximately 60 cups of Black tea.
Our Large bespoke purple damask caddy is the perfect way to keep your favourite tea fresh.
Contains enough tea for approximately 90 cups of Black tea.
Carton of 20 Tea Sachets
Our specially designed, individually wrapped Crystal Pyramid Tea Sachets carton offers the most convenient way to prepare loose leaf teas and infusions whilst the individual foil wrapping ensures that every pyramid bag retains its own individual freshness.
Caddy of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving pyramid teabags. Presented in our bespoke purple damask caddy for the perfect way to keep your tea fresh.
Refill Carton of 24 Pyramid Teabags
Our finest loose-leaf teas and infusions wrapped in 24 individual serving teabags. These cartons offer the most environmentally friendly option to replenish your Tea Palace teabags.
**Please note this container is not airtight and therefore once opened teabags should be transferred to an airtight caddy or storage jar.