Twinings English Breakfast Tea, Loose Tea, 3.53 Ounce Tin

Twinings English Breakfast Tea was originally blended to complement the traditional, hearty English breakfast, from which its name derives. Their refreshing and invigorating flavor makes English breakfast one of the most popular black teas to drink at any time or occasion – not just for breakfast. English breakfast can be enjoyed with or without milk, sweetened or unsweetened – the choice is yours. English breakfast tea is a rich and satisfying robust tea, traditionally blended with Kenyan and Assam black teas.

Quick facts

  • 3.5 ounce tin of loose tea
  • Traditional blend of select Kenyan and Assam black teas
  • Bright and full-bodied amber tea
  • Packaged in an attractive, reusable tin
  • Satisfyingly robust and invigorating; natural source of antioxidants

Top reviews

The quintessential breakfast tea.

Given this blend’s orgin, the name “English” Breakfast is a bit of a misnomer, because it was a Scotsman – a 19th century Edinburgh tea master named Drysdale – who first marketed his particular blend under the name “breakfast tea.” It proved so popular, however, that it was soon copied by tea houses all over Britain, many of which then added the word “English,” which has been part of its name ever since.

English Breakfast can contain black teas from a variety of origins, among them India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Malawi and China. Stronger than most other teas, the blend is made to match the traditionally heavy English breakfast, which to this day often includes pork, sausages and eggs, and for this reason English Breakfast tea also maintains its flavor very well with the addition of cream or milk. It is certainly less refined than Darjeeling or even Earl Grey, but hard to beat as an everyday “work horse,” and as good or better an early morning pick-me-up as any kind of coffee.

LizbethGraham, TX

Twinings English Breakfast tea

This is great tea, I still like making tea in a pot using bulk tea and this fits the bill.
MacieWindham, OH

Tasty but Stressful

The tea tastes great, but the grind is too fine. By loose, I assumed in the typical long strands that one finds most loose teas in the form of. For this product you basically get what is in the bag style, fine chopped. It would not work in my tea ball, so unless you have a fine strainer or can drink tea with lots of chunks in it, then it will fit the bill. Overall, somewhat disappointed.
LorenzaMount Crawford, VA

A straight-ahead pleasure

This Twinings tea is a simple pleasure that never offends. It is sturdy enough to be enjoyed with milk or sweetener, yet has little harshness when consumed black.

Twinings of London was founded in 1706, and is known internationally for marketing teas of consistency and value. Twinings English Breakfast Tea was originally blended to complement the traditional, hearty English Breakfast, from which its name derives. Twinings literature tells us that this is a blend of Kenyan and Assam black teas.

Tea enthusiasts generally prefer loose tea to tea bags which contain less expensive, smaller particles and the “fannings” or “dust” remains from processing of loose leaf tea. Moreover, you can sometimes taste the paper used in bags, especially in the weaker teas.

However, this Twinings loose tea has no uncut leaves. The blend uses only small particles that infuse more quickly than whole leaves. This blend approaches full strength within just a couple minutes. To avoid excessive particulate matter in your drink, use a strainer or infuser with a fine mesh. (Amazon sells Tovolo, Teeli, and Frieling/Swissgold filters with very small openings in their screens.)

This product is a fine introduction to the world of loose tea. Would I rank it as my favorite tea or even my favorite Twinings? No, but I keep some available for when I want the pleasure of plain ol’ tea. (As an aside, I would rank Twinings’ Earl Grey a bit higher in quality. It is a whole leaf tea with just the right amount of bergamot orange flavoring. I don’t think of it as an everyday tea, but I enjoy it as an occasional pleasure.)

MarleenCassel, CA


This is a very nice tea mm i tend to of grown up with Tetley and Twinings (which by the way is annoying with the history lesson with every review of this tea…this isnt Wikipedia) anyway i find this is quite delicious i actually founf d this at my big lots for $2.50 wow i was so surprised…i love loose teas more then tea bags…yet i use both because its convenient. I use my perfectea marker and it works great but i also recommend s straining basket in a teapot (dont forget to warm it) and yes time does matter as previously stated….pick up some of this and i doubt you’ll regret it 🙂 and in the UK its just “tea” not english or irish breakfast 🙂
AllegraBowling Green, SC