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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
186 tasting notes

Boy is this tea a kick in the pants! This is my first Irish Breakfast, so I’m not going to pretend I know what I’m talking about. But this is a lot stronger and heartier than the English variety. This one brews up dark and rich. It’s not a taste that’s subtle. It’s pure tea flavor, punching through your tastebuds and into your nose, clearing out those sinuses.

The flavor almost has a spiciness and a bitterness. It’s a bit astringent too. I’m drinking it neat, without any sugar and milk, because that’s how I roll (and I’m lactose intolerant). I don’t think I could have tolerated this one when I first started drinking tea. It’s a very aggressive blend. But now? I’m really enjoying it. I don’t know if I could drink it every single day, but I could see this coming in handy, especially as it gets colder outside.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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22-year-old NYC girl just starting out on her tea adventures! I used to hate tea. If you asked me a few years ago what I thought of tea, I’d tell you it tasted like hot, dirty dishwater. Not anymore! I acquired a taste for tea when I started drinking peppermint tea for my upset stomach problems. From there I graduated to teas like chamomile and Lipton. But Lipton wasn’t strong enough!

I’m getting the hang of this loose leaf thing. Black’s my default, but I’ve found that I really love teas that fall into every category. I’m a purist – I always drink my tea neat. I prefer unflavored tea over flavored tea, and really dislike anything flavored with artificial-tasting substances. I’ve grown up a bit in my tea drinking, and I find that novelty appeals to me less and less.

I also am the happy girlfriend of the boy that created the tea randomizer, which can be found here: http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

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