1811 Tasting Notes
I wonder why I don’t drink this one more often? This is truly delightful – delicate, complex, smoother than smooth. There is absolutely NO astringency, a light vegetal aroma but not much vegetal flavor, and sweet light raisin notes. I served it to a friend who is new to teas and doesn’t like greens, and she loved this one even though it is very similar to an oolong in many ways. Even the second steeping was applauded, making this tea an even better bargain. Some people say they re-infuse up to five times, but I find three is my limit.
Definite improvement now that I have weighed the leaves. It takes about 4 1/2 teaspoons to make the appropriate weight for my 22 oz. pot. I steeped it for the full five minutes this time, added milk and sugar, and all three who shared it said they liked it. It is a good evening tea for when I am not wanting the sweetness of Vanilla Comoro. (Has that happened yet, though?) This one was really a gift for my youngest daughter since she loves Irish breakfast but I don’t like giving it to her in the evening.
I really want to love this tea. I am hitting “like” at best right now. For the first pot I made I just scooped out three teaspoons of leaves for my 22 oz. Beehouse pot, not filling it to the top with water. The tea had a nice flavor but was VERY weak. I thought I might be the problem and I was! These leaves are large and light, so when I actually weighed the leaves, it took four teaspoons to equal standard testing weight. (That would be about the same weight as three dimes.) That made it stronger and the flavor is good, but still not quite strong and rich enough for me. I may be spoiled by original Irish Breakfast. I will try it again, and again…no doubt, until I get better results, but in the meantime I would say that if you want decaf tea, the best I have found so far is decaf Orange Pekoe by Southern Season or Decaffeinated by Harney and Sons. The best FLAVORED decaf black tea I have tried is…sigh….Vanilla Comoro. By the way, I added sugar but no milk. I will try again with even more leaves and see if that fixes it.
Just tasted this one side by side with Irish Breakfast by Harney and Sons. I like this one better than Irish Breakfast. It is a little milder than IB but has lots of flavor. This is similar to a really good English breakfast tea. Not astringent, but with that heady tea flavor that goes up into the nose via the back of the throat – a little smokey. This will be my new go-to tea for breakfast. A keeper! My daughter, who prefers Irish breakfast most of the time, was quite delighted with this tea.
My youngest daughter loves Irish breakfast tea from A Southern Season, so I thought I would get this for her to try. She likes it quite well. I am not as much a “breakfast tea” person, but I did think this one was good. It is strong enough to be bracing and, shall we say, strengthening in the morning and has quite enough body and flavor to take on milk and sugar if you like to add it. I think I am still partial to the Irish Breakfast from A Southern Season over this one. Don’t brew this one as long unless you want coffee style strength, as the leaf particles are smaller than SS Irish breakfast.