Our Irish Breakfast tea is a wonderful black tea that’s perfect way to kick start your day as it flows easily across the tongue and is quite smooth.
Due to its strength Irish Breakfast tea often is served with milk, while others enjoy it with lemon or sugar and some prefer it straight.
The Irish prefer strong tea and typically consume it throughout the day and evening. While many in this country believe that England is where the most tea is enjoyed Ireland actually consumes more tea per capita than any other country in the world and some estimates have them consuming almost 6 cups per day!
What led Ireland to becoming such a heavy tea drinking nation?
Ireland and England have a tea history that is very similar and closely aligned. In the early 1800s tea was introduced to Ireland’s upper class and in the mid 1800s this began to spread to the lower and rural classes. The tea available to the average Irish was of an inferior quality and was a much stronger brew so it was often consumed with lots of milk. This tradition has continued to modern times.
Up until World War II Ireland received most of its tea from English tea suppliers and did very little direct importing of tea from countries that actually grew and processed the tea. During the Second World War Ireland remained more neutral and wouldn’t allow the English to use their western ports. The result was a significant drop in tea being imported from England. After the war ended Ireland increased its direct importing of tea and with that also moved away from the tea profiles they had shared with the British.
Irish breakfast is a blend of several teas and because it has no set formula the actual flavor profile can vary from tea supplier to tea supplier. The base of Irish Breakfast tends to be an Assam tea from the Assam region of India and the second tea comes from Ceylon.
When Ireland began direct importing its own tea the favorite daily tea contained almost exclusively Assam but then in the early 1960’s Ceylon (also known as Sri Lankan) teas were added to the blend. Over the last 50 years Ceylon tea has been replaced by high quality black tea from Kenya.
The strength of our version of Irish Breakfast tea comes from combining the best teas available from seasonal production periods harvested from ultra-premium tea estates located in Assam and Ceylon. The broken leaf grade of this tea is BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe). This is the main broken grade that is most common in Assam, Ceylon, China, Java and Southern India.
Steep at 212° for 3-5 minutes.
Caffeine level is medium.
1 oz of tea produces approximately 12 cups.
All of our tea bags are made with unbleached tea filter paper. They are approximately 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" and have no strings or tags.
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Tea was reportedly discovered in China around 2737 B.C. by The Emperor Chen Nung when a tea leaf fell into his bowl of hot water. This tradition of tea drinking became an integral part of society and was the preferred beverage for all walks of life; from monks and mandarins to the nomadic tribesmen who traded horses for bricks of tea. The Japanese may have transformed tea drinking into a sacred ceremony; however, the Chinese are credited with initiating the time honored ritual of offering a guest a cup of tea as a sign of hospitality.
Scented teas have been around for a long time and are produced according to ancestral recipes. Before the advent of essential oil extracts one of the easiest scents to duplicate was ‘Rose’. The plantations would literally cut the rose blossoms from the plants bordering fields and pathways and sprinkle these into the tea. The result was a delicate but finely flavored tea. Today the practice remains virtually the same, but essential oils are used to speed up the scenting process and freshly cut flowers are added to the tea for visual effects. The result is a delightfully attractive leaf accented with rose petals combined with the refreshing cleansing flavor of roses. The next time a guest drops by, why not offer a truly special cup of hospitality accented with the scent and petals of roses.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). We recommend adding milk and sugar (if this is to your taste), but if you prefer your tea ‘straight-up’ it is equally acceptable and enjoyable.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]
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