Assam Tea vs. English Breakfast - Why have both?

Here at Two Leaves and a Bud, customers have asked us for a traditional English Breakfast for years. We have always responded, “Our Assam is our English Breakfast.” Our Organic Assam tea has been one of our best-selling teas since the company was founded in 2004. So why, after 15 years in business did we finally add an Organic English Breakfast to our range of whole leaf tea sachets?

We created our Assam blend with large orthodox leaf tea that we felt tasted great and gave that wonderful Assam maltiness. But we have consumers who want a stronger tea. So we set out to create a tea that had the flavor characteristics of our Assam but darker in the cup, with deeper body that would taste great with milk.

Assam is a whole leaf tea that is harvested from a single source: Assam, India. The soil is rich with nutrients that flow from the Tibetan Plains via the Brahmaputra River. The tea grows in intense heat and humidity there, much like in a greenhouse, which gives Assam tea its bold, rich flavor that black tea lovers crave.

Our Organic English Breakfast is a blend of whole leaf black teas and is designed to be stronger and darker in the cup. Unlike pure Assam tea, English Breakfast is a blend of a few black teas from different regions of India, instead of just a single source. Also, our English Breakfast contains 3.2 grams of tea per sachet, as opposed to 3g in our Assam. Malty with a sweet edge, this is a flavorful every-day tea. It’s great with milk but smooth enough to serve without.

Our fearless leader, Richard, drinks Assam straight up but drinks our English Breakfast the way the English do: with a spot of milk.

So why offer both? Black tea is black tea, right? No way! That’s like asking why offer both Assam and the other famous tea named after a region in India — Darjeeling. While Assam, Darjeeling, and English Breakfast are all delicious black teas, they all have different nuances. Give all three a try and taste the difference!

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