Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Epi Tea
Epi Tea’s Irish Breakfast is a great morning brew with a deep malty flavor and a smooth finish.
Learn more about this tea here.
I’ve been reading about Epi Tea all over Steepster, but this is the first chance that I’ve had to actually try one of their teas. Epi Tea have been actively promoting their teas offered in biodegradable pyramid sachets.
While I tend to prefer loose leaf, I do occasionally enjoy teas that have been bagged, and I really do like these pyramid sachets that Epi Tea uses for a couple of reasons: 1) they’re biodegradable and I appreciate any company taking steps to protect our planet; and 2) I can see the teas through the silken material that is used in these sachets, and it looks to be very high quality tea – not unlike what I’d use when preparing loose leaf tea. These pyramid sachets appear to offer offer the quality of loose leaf in a very convenient, biodegradable sachet.
I also like that the size of the pyramid sachet is sufficient to allow the tea to properly expand. After brewing, the leaves had plumped up, but, there was still a bit of room left in the sachet … telling me that the leaves had plenty of room to do their thing. That’s important if flavor is important … and flavor is the reason I drink tea!
Which leads me to the real test of these pyramid sachets: tasting … and this tastes great too. I love Irish Breakfast tea because it is usually offers a bolder taste than English Breakfast and it is also very invigorating. And this Irish Breakfast is indeed that. It is a bit milder than some Irish Breakfast teas I’ve tasted, and along with that milder flavor comes a smoothness that I was not expecting. Very nice.
But it wouldn’t be an Irish Breakfast (at least, not to me it wouldn’t!) if it didn’t have some of the basic characteristics of an Irish Breakfast tea: A delicious malty tone. A sweet, caramel-y undertone. And this tea brings those qualities to the cup. It is good and strong, and it tastes really good – and I can feel it start to work on my caffeine needs too.
Yes, I’m addicted to caffeine. I am sure that comes as no surprise to you. As a result, in the morning, I usually have a slight headache as a result from caffeine withdrawal.
But this Irish Breakfast has offered me a speedy recovery from my caffeine withdrawal, and I am feeling fit to face the day thanks to this tea.
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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