Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Culinary Teas
A stout robust black tea blend of February production. Superb color and very full-bodied. Irish Breakfast is excellent as a early morning tea.
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!
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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