Usually, when you get up in the morning, you want something delicious to drink at breakfast. You may want a drink that will give you the energy to start the day well. Herein the most common drinks are orange juice, coffee or tea. But will this be the best drink we can take in the morning?
A good option to start your day may be the English breakfast tea. The tea is mainly composed of Ceylon, Kenyan, and Assam tea leaves. It is an Indian tea, and there are many Chinese provinces that still drink it.
The origins of the English breakfast tea vary. Until this day, no one knows exactly where the tea actually originated. Its name may not exactly come from England, but from America in the colonial era. Records are dated 1843 from a merchant called Richard Davies in New York City, who was an immigrant from England.
He started selling a tea based on Congou and added a little Pekoe and Pouching. The mixture began gaining fame and this led people to try to replicate the flavor. Over time the recipe changed and thanks to a publication that was made in 1844, it was known as English breakfast tea.
This compound is well known for the place where it is grown which is close to the ocean. It is especially distinguished by its strong flavor, aroma and the bright color it has. This kind of tea is a very popular drink to have during breakfast in Britain and Ireland. Most restaurants in these regions offer this kind of tea with every breakfast.
Another very rich and good companion for breakfast or any time of day is the Earl Gray tea. This tea comes from a mixture of black tea with bergamot oil. Bergamot oil comes from a certain type of oranges that you can purchase in Italy and France.
People use this orange flavored tea as an imitation of the most expensive and rare teas in China. This variety of tea arrived in England around 1880´s and its name is derived from Charles Gray who was a prime minister in the year 1830´s and author of the reform bill of 1832.
These two types of tea are a form of black tea. Because of that people assume their flavors and benefits could be the same, but the components in which they differ make different benefits.
As for their flavors - because they derive from black tea - one would come to think they taste similar. Earl Gray tea is one of the softest black tea and has a citrus flavor of grapefruit and lemon. On the other hand, the flavor of the English Breakfast Tea is more like light floral undertones.
Earl Grey is a more versatile tea since you can choose how much bergamot you can add to it. In the end, it all comes down to how you prefer your tea. When it comes to English breakfast tea, the amount of certain ingredients has to be specific so it has the peculiar flavor it is best known for.
Both contain several benefits. Some benefits they share may be that both lower the cholesterol levels in your body. They also help you lose weight in a faster way since black tea helps reduce fat in the body.
Another attribute that both contains is caffeine. Both of them work as stimulants, so if you want a little extra energy, you could opt for one of these teas. Due to this, both of them are a great morning drinks.
But as both have several traits in common, they also differ in some of them too.
The Earl Gray tea works as an anti-depressant due to the bergamot. Many physicians use bergamot to treat depression and stress. The English breakfast tea is heartier, because of the mix of different tea leaves that are in it.
Both are very good for your body since they share the same characteristics of black tea. And, yet again, the flavor is completely different from one another.
Long story short, when you are drinking either one of these, the most important aspect is the unique flavor they each have. Therefore, your decision between taking English breakfast tea and Earl Grey would mainly focus on the taste that you prefer.