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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
1692 tasting notes

The only flavor descriptor you need for this one is STRONG. No chestnuts, berries, hibiscus, or scented blossoms wafting on a gentle breeze. Uh-uh.

Stealing a quote note from my friend ashmanra: “If you want a tea to kick your fanny out the door and remind you to eat your veggies OR ELSE, you can stop looking.” Oh, yeah, how I needed it this morning. Eyes won’t open and I list to one side after zoot-suit swing dancing with my kids in music class yesterday. Strained thigh muscles from doing that goofy thing where you wiggle your knees back and forth and cross/uncross your hands at the same time (and, might I add, loving every minute of it).

Bonnie

Great mental picture! I would have fallen over like a mealy bug and curled up into a ball!

ashmanra

Bonnie: LOL!

gmathis

This is not my bunch, but here’s a sample of what I’ve been up to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFmv5VkxmdQ

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drank Irish Afternoon by Bewley's
123 tasting notes

Pretty basic Irish Breakfasty tea. Sometimes I drink it plain if I have something sweet or I add a little milk. A good brisk morning tea.

Azzrian

always good to have those on hand! :) Easy and fast and not bad at all!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
28 tasting notes

I quite like this as a simple tea, though not quite as much as my Red Rose. However, somethign interesting to note, perhaps, is that this tea place is so old, and so Irish, that it is mentioned in James Joyce’s novel “The Dubliners”!

Anyway, this is your basic breakfast tea, nothing too special, but very good. My only issue is that I love to re-steep my teas once or twice, but if you do that with this one, you somehow get a fair bit of flavouring from the bag its in, which is really odd. But I’m sure that isn’t a deal breaker for anyone!

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
1692 tasting notes

This time, I let Clipper Gold just barely shake hands with the water (2 min), and it was still sharp and wakey-uppy, but I could taste the subtler notes (burgundy/fruit) and my tongue wasn’t numb ;)

Shorter steep time is a plus when you oversleep and you’re dashing around to get out of the house, huh?

ashmanra

Look at you! Finding that silver lining! :) I am happy to hear you got a little extra sleep, sorry you have to rush, though.

gmathis

Well, maybe I should be a little more accurate. Alarm went off as usual, eyes opened, the rest of me just loitered longer than necessary.

teawing

I dozed a little too long myself this morning, no cup for the ride, had to wait till I got to work for my first one…Yorkshire Gold is doing the trick though :)

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
1692 tasting notes

(The sequel)

This stuff has a mind of its own! Left to its own devices in my fridge, it darkened three shades to dark walnut and strengthened three notches as well. I think this is going to be a go-to iced tea at our house.

For hefty tea lovers only…oops, I meant hefty tea lovers, not hefty tea lovers. I’m medium and I like it just fine.

ashmanra

It scared me. Sandy, too. Their Irish Afternoon is almost TOO weak, though.

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drank Clipper Gold Loose Leaf by Bewley's
1692 tasting notes

In the tin, this looks almost identical to PG tips loose leaf…tiny, crumbly, and dark. Ashmanra advised that all you need to do with Bewley’s is “show the water to the tea.” I let the introduction linger for a little under three minutes, and wow! What a nice, stiff-upper-lip morning wake-up! First flavor equivalent that hit me was “dark wheat toast.” Hefty enough to be breakfast on its own, and by lunchtime, I believe the pot will be strong enough to walk itself to the refrigerator.

Looking forward to trying some on ice after some manual labor.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
2415 tasting notes

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
2415 tasting notes

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
2415 tasting notes

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
141 tasting notes

A co-worker of mine is originally from Ireland and she brought me a few bags of this to try.

This tea is packaged in the traditional white, circular filter-paper teabag. The fragrance is light but definitely creamy with notes of pepper.

Upon adding the boiling water, it was immediately black which foreshadowed the strength of this tea. It was highly astringent with an underlying malt. I don’t normally add anything to my tea, but this one needed a little sweetener and cream to get through.

The power of this tea took me off guard at first, but it grew on me. If anything, it will wake you up!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

My daughter brought me two Bewley teas from Dublin last fall. Clipper Gold was actually frightening. The instant the water hit the tea, it turned dark and you could smell the powerful aroma right away! Irish Afternoon was nice, though. CG had scared me so badly that I only steeped it for about 2 minutes, and it really needed more. If you want to try either or both of those, I will be happy to send some.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
1 tasting notes

Bought this in Dublin not long ago and was pleasantly surprised. Full body, bitter aftertaste just as I like it.. very good smell. Recommended!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
702 tasting notes

Steep Information:
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: hot carafe water, paper cup
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea, toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, toasty
Flavor: thick, dark
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: opaque dark brown

Post-Steep Additives: white sugar

Not the most fabulous tea, but it was very good at waking me up during the meeting I was in. I think the tea might have been a bit better had there been boiling water. A surprisingly good teabag.

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/11/bewleys-coffee-and-tea-company-teabag.html

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Hiya! Did you get my package I sent last week!?

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66

Malty and bright. Slightly sweeter than Barry’s but not as deep. As with Barry’s, not fancy, but certainly nothing to be ashamed of. I’d make this for guests who ‘just want a normal cup of tea’ without hesitation.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Irish Afternoon by Bewley's
2415 tasting notes

Added a touch of honey and 1 oz Baileys Irish Cream. Heaven in a cup….

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VegTea

That sounds like my kind of happy hour. :)

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drank Irish Afternoon by Bewley's
1798 tasting notes

This tea was purchased in Dublin by my daughter a day before she left Ireland. I had tried the Clipper Gold and it was quite strong, so I was a little afraid of this one at first. I needn’t have been! It behaved quite well, and is a lovely cup of tea. I drank it first without milk or sugar, and it was very smooth and flavorful, a nice accompaniment to our afternoon Pim’s. The second cup had the addition of milk, which smoothed it even more, and then sugar, which it also handled well. Not what I would consider to be a gourmet tea, but a lovely cup just the same. Only steeped it for 2 minutes, because it is CTC.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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I want to be fair to this tea, so I kept drinking it. My daughter says she liked it better as it cooled, and I gave it a chance. It IS a little better as it cools, but still is more astringent that I like. I am a fan of ultra smooth teas! This tea is stronger than the grocery store Lipton Black Pearl, and I would suspect it is similar to German Frisian tea. If you like strong tea, this one may appeal to you. Don’t oversteep unless you enjoy reflux.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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In his novel “Night Watch”, Terry Pratchett describes Capt. Sam Vimes tea as “just how he liked it – stewed orange in an old boot”. Vimes would be very happy to join me this morning. The second, and I mean, the VERY second the boiling water hit the tea, a very strong aroma issued forth. This is strong tea. If you are looking for nuance, you won’t find it here. If you want a tea to kick your fanny out the door and remind you to eat your veggies OR ELSE, you can stop looking. This got a 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon reviews so people must love it. Mine came from Bewley’s in Dublin, Ireland where my daughter picked it up for me. We’ll try the Irish Afternoon later…..when we have recovered.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Nice white, I liked the cranberry flavors. Needed sugar though.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
91 tasting notes

Some friends of mine went to Ireland a few months back, and gave me a cup and saucer with shamrocks all over, very cute. They also added a few bags of this tea, because they said that they could not find any Irish Breakfast tea where they went. I finally made a cup, and it’s actually very nice and surprising! I tried it first without milk or sweetener, and it would have been fine that way, but the bag did suggest that it went well with milk, and that’s the way I’m drinking it now. Typically if I add milk, I add sweetener, but this is just great as it is.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I am still not fond of most tea bags. I have had this one in loose leaf and bags and it is excelent both ways. The apricot scent is so strong it wisks me away to my childhood running around in the country on a beautiful summer day.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Irish Breakfast by Bewley's
197 tasting notes

Very nice if not exciting tea brewed loose – good morning tea.

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