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Breakfast Teas....
English, Irish, whats the difference?

Dear Silver Tips Tea Friend,

In the late 19th century, the English basically had two meals a day - a hearty breakfast with meat and bread, and then dinner.  The Duchess of Bedford, it is said, needed an in-between meal to get through this long period between these two meals.  She began serving finger foods around 5 o'clock and thus began 'afternoon tea'.  A few years later, an enterprising Scotsman named Drysdale began marketing his  black China morning tea blend as 'breakfast tea' and the E nglish, being attracted to anything Chinese in those days, attached the name 'English' to this blend and 'English Breakfast Tea' was born.  

Almost certainly, the first blends had China Keemun in it.  Then, during the Opium Wars, China imposed an embargo on tea.  England formed the British East India Company, started producing tea in Assam, India and breakfast teas were now blended with Assam.

There are innumerable Breakfast blends.  Typically, they are all black
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teas and full-bodied enough for milk. The most popular are English, Irish and Scottish Breakfast. Irish Breakfast has a strong Assam component while Scottish is the strongest and usually of broken tea grades.  It may well be that as tea was growing in popularity in Ireland, the East India Company was producing tea in Assam and exporting it back to England, thus making it widespread.

Although English Breakfast and other similar teas are the cup of choice in many countries, there is a large part of the world that wakes up to a cup of Green tea. The connotation of 'breakfast tea', however, in virtually all tea menus is one that is a robust black te a.

Wake up to one of our blends.  They have enough caffeine to perk you up and get you started on your day and enough variety that you can select a different one for each day of the week.

March would be incomplete without focusing on  Irish Breakfast  or  our organic version, Celtic CupCelebrate our hearty blends -b oth are great with milk.

Dragon Ball , tender green leaves rolled into exquisite pearls. Watch them unfurl! Best enjoyed in a glass pot.

Green Limon, a tangy Sencha green with lemon peel and lemon flavoring. 

Rooi Zinger, a non-caffeinated Rooibos with lemon myrtle - simple & refreshing! 

Until March 31, any tea purchased online in 8 oz. or 16 oz. sizes receives a complimentary Tea Clip.

Hunter Green Canister - on sale $2.75 - regularly $4. Online only.

Green Tea Sampler - on sale $19 - regularly $24. Online only.

Additional Tea Clips are available for purchase at $1 each.
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

The annual Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick's Day Parade goes right by our windows.  Get the best view in town. Specials include Greens & Beans Soup, Spinach Quiche, special desserts, and pots of Irish Breakfast Tea, at a discount all day!
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