Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Twinings of London
The Irish really love their tea and are amongst the most frequent drinkers of tea around the world. In celebration of this tea drinking tradition, Twinings blended a special Irish Breakfast Blend. This tea is best taken with milk and sweetened to taste to bring out the best flavour.
Learn more about this tea here.
Before I get in to this review, I want to say that Twinings is a company that confuses me. I guess I am somewhat easily confused, so that is no great feat, really, but, it seems to me that there are two separate tea companies called “Twinings” – there is this Twinings from which this tea was acquired: Twinings of London. And then there is another company: Twinings. I really don’t know if these are indeed the same company or different companies, but to me, they appear to be different. Am I correct on that? Anyone in the know, please feel free to comment and educate me!
Now… on to the review of this tea. I received a bag of this tea from a tea friend, and it was one that I’ve not tried before but I’ve enjoyed other Twinings of London teas and tisanes in the past so I figured I’d also probably like this one. And it is good for a bagged tea. Of course, bagged tea does have its limitations, but I think that this tea manages to still be a good, strong tea despite those limitations … although I can’t help but think how much better it might be if it were loose leaf.
I brewed it in boiling water for three minutes, and I’m pleased with the result. It is bold and has pleasing notes of malt, as well as a good hearty flavor to it. Something that would, indeed, make a good breakfast tea as it has a certain vigor to it. A light, caramel-y sweetness. As I continue to sip, I also can taste the tea bag … which is not nearly as tasty as the other qualities of this cuppa. Yes, indeed, I taste a “paper-y” kind of taste … and I am wishing I didn’t taste that, as it is lessening my enjoyment of the tea.
It’s drinkable, certainly, and it would be good for when you might have one of those busy kind of days when you don’t have time for loose leaf. Let’s face it, loose leaf does require a few extra steps compared to a bagged tea, but, if I’ve got the time, I’d rather go with the loose leaf.
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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