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.