How to Make English Breakfast Iced Tea with Cold Brew –
- In a pitcher or glass container, combine English breakfast tea with cool or room temperature water. Cover pitcher and refrigerate for twelve hours. Stir to ensure that the tea leaves are moistened by the water and are not sitting dry on the water’s surface. Use filtered water to improve the flavor of iced tea.
- Pour English breakfast tea into a cup after straining the leaves. Since cold-brewed tea is already chilled, adding ice is optional. Add simple syrup and milk, if desired.
How should English breakfast tea be prepared?
What Is English Breakfast Tea? – English breakfast tea is a blend of black tea leaves primarily grown in India, Sri Lanka, and Kenyan tea gardens. Assam, Darjeeling, and Ceylon, as well as Kenyan black teas, are the most popular black teas used to make English breakfast tea blends.
- To a lesser extent, Chinese Keemun black tea is also employed.
- Typically, the tea is consumed with a splash of milk and sugar or a slice of lemon.
- English breakfast tea has a robust flavor similar to that of roasted coffee.
- The black tea has a full body with malty, bitter, and slightly sweet undertones.
Similar to masala chai, this breakfast blend possesses robust flavors. The flavor profile of English breakfast tea blends is comparable to that of other breakfast teas, with notable differences. Compared to teas such as Irish breakfast tea and Scottish breakfast tea, English breakfast tea contains a greater proportion of Ceylon characteristics, making it a more robust black tea but milder overall as a breakfast tea.
Irish breakfast tea has bolder malty notes and a deeper reddish hue than Assam tea. Scottish breakfast tea is regarded as the most robust of breakfast teas due to its robust malty notes and astringent taste. English breakfast tea is distinct from another popular British morning tea, Earl Grey tea. Earl Grey tea is a blend of black tea leaves that are scented with bergamot rinds.
Earl Grey has a citrusy flavor that is absent from traditional English breakfast teas.
Ingredient Notes –
- Traditional breakfast tea I prefer loose English breakfast tea to tea sachets or tea bags because it is of higher quality and easier to adjust the amount per cup.
- I always use filtered water to make tea, rather than tap water, because the tea tastes better with filtered water.
- Milk and sugar English breakfast tea is traditionally served with milk and sugar, but can also be served without them.
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Can English breakfast tea be consumed without milk?
Traditionally, English breakfast tea is served with milk. Few Britons consume it without ice. There’s no particular reason; it’s just the British tea culture.