Irish Breakfast Tea from Culinary Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas

Product Description:

A stout robust black tea blend of February production. Superb color and very full-bodied. Irish Breakfast is excellent as a early morning tea.

Taster’s Review:

This Irish Breakfast is a bold blend of Assam and Kenyan teas, and it is indeed full-bodied.  But then, I’d expect nothing less from an Irish Breakfast blend, and I’ve also come to expect excellent quality from Culinary Teas as well.

The dry leaf is a very fine cut and resembles the granules of freeze-dried coffee.  But it doesn’t smell like coffee. It smells fresh and slightly earthy, and even has a slight “baked” kind of quality to the aroma.

This translates into the flavor, as I can taste that freshly baked bread kind of taste in the background.  It is a very hefty tea with plenty of malty tones.  It has a delicious caramel-like sweetness to it.  A good, solid tea that is as delicious as it is invigorating.

This is a tea that you’ll want to take extra care when steeping.  Don’t steep too long or your tea will become bitter.  I find that 2 1/2 minutes is the maximum time that I steep this tea – at three minutes, the tea has some bitter tones to it.  But, while it can be a little finicky, it is well worth the little extra attention.  You will be rewarded with a most delightful cup of tea that takes the addition of milk and honey well, if you like your tea that way.  It is also quite nice with just a little bit of turbinado sugar (I find that this really accents the caramel-y notes nicely).  It is a bit “edgy” without any addition, but there are some people who like their tea that way.  However you choose to take your tea is fine with me!  Cheers!

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