The Best English Breakfast Teas in the UK

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You’d better go put the kettle on. There’s no way you’re making it through my guide to the best English Breakfast teas without needing a cuppa!

A good English Breakfast tea doesn’t just depend on how you brew it. The origins of the tea and brand you select is very important too. So, who makes the best English Breakfast tea?

It really depends on your tastes. I like teas that have depth, complexity, and are utterly satisfying to the very last sip. If that sounds good to you, read my list of the best English Breakfast teas below.

I’ve included links to my full reviews and places to purchase these teas as well.

What Makes an English Breakfast Tea?

According to Wikipedia, “English breakfast tea is a traditional blend of black teas originating from Assam, Ceylon and Kenya. It is one of the most popular blended teas, common in British and Irish tea culture.”

Ultimately, English Breakfast Tea is a blend of different black teas to create a full-bodied and rich cuppa that must be served with milk. That’s why I’ve included Teakruthi Colonial Mornings, because it fits the definition and is designed as a breakfast tea. I haven’t included other breakfast teas, such as T2’s Melbourne Breakfast, as it is flavoured with vanilla. If a breakfast tea contains anything other than multiple black teas, I don’t consider it a true English breakfast tea!

You’re welcome to add your thoughts on this – use the comments at the end of this article or join the conversation on my Instagram posts @izzysden.

The Best English Breakfast Teas (Reviewed)

These are the 8 highest-scoring English Breakfast teas that I have personally reviewed. You can find links to buy them (or check the price) as well as my official reviews if you want to learn more about them.

I only recommend teas that I have tried first-hand. All opinions and photos are my own. If you want to learn about how I review and rate teas, read the guide at the end of my Tea Review Index.

Teakruthi Colonial Mornings

Teakruthi Colonial Mornings Tea Review
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  • Teas: blend from various tea estates in Dimbula, Sri Lanka
  • Formats available: loose leaf

This blend champions the gorgeous black tea grown in the Dimbula region of Sri Lanka. I marvelled at the delicious depth of this malty and full-bodied English Breakfast tea the first time I tried it! If you drink loose leaf tea (or want to start) then this is a beautiful daily tea to try.

It’s mid-strength, full-bodied, and smooth with or without milk. It also has some malty fruit notes, almost like a classic tea loaf.

Teakruthi Colonial Mornings scores 3.9 on my rating system, which is very impressive for a BOP1 grade tea. I highly recommend you give this one a try. Read my full review to learn about the brand.

Whittard English Breakfast Tea

Whittard English Breakfast Tea Review
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  • Teas: blend from various tea estates in West Java, Indonesia
  • Formats available: teabags, loose leaf

Whittard have a very strong contender for the top spot with their English breakfast blend. They gave their breakfast blend the number 1 in their collection, because it’s such a classic. Walter Whittard first created the blend from black teas grown in West Java over a century ago… and Whittard of Chelsea are still using that same blend today.

I found this tea to be utterly satisfying. It’s rich, thick and malty with a good dose of tannins. This one must be served with milk to transform it into an English Breakfast tea with unmistakable heart. It’s available as teabags and loose leaf.

New English Teas English Breakfast

New English Teas English Breakfast Tea Review
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  • Teas: blended from various Ceylon teas (Sri Lanka)
  • Formats available: teabags, loose leaf

New English Teas package their English Breakfast blend into a range of novelty tea tins, but as I discovered, it’s not just a trap for the tourists. In my review, I explored the loose leaf version of their English Breakfast blend and was happily surprised to find it was delicious.

It’s strong, rich and smooth. The perfect formula for a great English Breakfast tea. I was also impressed with the price – compared to Teakruthi and Whittard, this tea is a bit more affordable as an everyday cuppa. The best place to find it is Amazon.

T2 English Breakfast

T2 English Breakfast Tea Review
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  • Teas: blended from various Ceylon teas (Sri Lanka)
  • Formats available: teabags, loose leaf

This one is very smooth and satisfying, with all the rich and tannin flavours you need from a great English Breakfast tea. Compared to the higher-ranked English breakfast blends, however, it lacks that malty fruit complexity that loose leaf lovers expect.

Nonetheless, T2 English Breakfast is a really tasty and easy to drink cuppa. You could serve this to anyone – tea connoisseur or not – and they would finish their cup. Make sure you bring out the biscuit tin too though!

You can find this one in pyramid tea sachets or as loose leaf tea, from T2’s official UK website.

Clipper English Breakfast

Clipper English Breakfast Tea Review
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  • Teas: blend from Sri Lanka and the Assam region of India
  • Formats available: teabags

I describe Clipper English Breakfast tea as simple but perfectly executed in my full tea review, and I stand by that today. Many people have loved drinking Clipper teas for years already, as they’re commonly found on the supermarket shelves along with Twinings, Pukka, and PG Tips.

One of the main draws to Clipper is the quality. Unbleached, biodegradable teabags and tea that’s certified Organic and Fairtrade. While the tea it makes is quite simple, it’s also delicious and impossible to get wrong. You can usually pick up Clipper Everyday tea at the supermarket, while this English Breakfast blend is sometimes only found online.

Ringtons English Breakfast

Ringtons English Breakfast Tea Review
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  • Teas: blend from Kenya and the Assam region of India
  • Formats available: teabags

This was a gem of a tea that I picked up from a hotel room, pre-pandemic. It’s a simple and warming cup of tea that’s designed to be consumed without much thought. When you wake up at 6am and pop the kettle on, this is the kind of tea you can brew on autopilot and it will still turn out nicely.

Ringtons are a proper British brand too, and their teas are loved by non-tea-lovers. If you usually drink Yorkshire Tea, PG Tips, or the own-brand tea from your local supermarket, this is a good step up from that. It’s available in teabag format, for convenient brewing.

BOH English Breakfast

boh english breakfast tea review
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  • Teas: blend from various estates across Malaysia
  • Formats available: teabags

An interesting offering from BOH! Although it scores the same as the classic Ringtons English Breakfast blend, this one is more unique. Amidst the smooth, robust, typical black tea flavours, you’ll find curious floral notes.

This Malaysian tea is bright, robust and very pleasant with a splash of milk. It’s got an edge over the other English Breakfast teas on this list, thanks to that light floral hint. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I certainly hope it will tickle your tastebuds in just the right way.

BOH sell this tea internationally through Amazon, available as teabags.

Ahmad Tea English Breakfast

Ahmad English Breakfast Tea Review
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  • Teas: blend from Kenya, Sri Lanka, and the Assam region of India
  • Formats available: teabags, loose leaf

Last on my list, but certainly not the least appetising, is Ahmad Tea English Breakfast. Ahmad Tea London are a respectable and historical tea brand that’s popular in the UK and with many tourists who visit the capital. They have a wide range of teas and their English Breakfast isn’t one to miss.

I found this English Breakfast blend to be fresh, warm and smooth with sweet malty notes that are very pleasant with a splash of milk. You don’t need to add sugar to this tea, but you can if you have a particularly sweet tooth. It’s available as loose leaf or teabags.

Upcoming English Breakfast Teas…

These are a handful of the best English breakfast teas (according to online reviews) that are on my radar. I cannot vouch for them personally, but I can confirm that they are high on my shopping list. They will be added as my blog grows! In the meantime, check the links to see what they’re all about.

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What is the best English tea brand?

This is a controversial question as it all comes down to taste. In 2020, Statista recorded that PG Tips is the most popular tea brand in the UK, but to be honest… I wouldn’t drink them if they were the last tea brand on Earth. My money is on Teapigs and Twinings for bagged tea, and many independent sellers for loose leaf tea.

What tea is used in English Breakfast?

Traditionally, English Breakfast tea is a blend of black teas sourced from Kenya, India, and Sri Lanka. Many modern English Breakfast teas still source their leaves from these countries and blend them to unique and secret recipes.

What is the difference between Earl Grey and English Breakfast Tea?

English Breakfast tea is a blend of several black teas to create a simple, malty and rich black tea. Earl Grey is a single black tea (not usually a blend) that’s flavoured with bergamot. The bergamot fruit is a Mediterranean citrus fruit and it gives Earl Grey a delicate, refreshing and almost floral flavour.

Isobel Moore

Isobel Moore is a quiet, quirky and creative “human bean” whose favourite pastime is curling up with a cuppa and a good book.

I am a 20-something writer and travel enthusiast. When I’m not reading and writing I’m sipping tea and making quilts for my friends and family. I’m not the loudest, nor do I have the best people skills, but I am incredibly hardworking and passionate about the things I love.

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