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drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
186 tasting notes

ARR MATEY.

So, if you read my logs on a regular basis, you’ll remember that I compared the Twinings’ Irish Breakfast blend to pirates’ brew. I’m revisiting those thoughts as I’m drinking a cup of this, re-tasting some of my previous bagged favorites to see how they stand up to loose leaf.

And I can definitely say that I could completely see pirates replacing their grog with this in the morning. Extremely malty, overwhelmingly assertive, masculine with a solid growl at the end of each sip. Rough and tumble drinking when you’re barely awake. This one will shake you by the lapels and scream in your face, drill sergeant-style.

On another note, ninjas would not drink this. I’d imagine them drinking something finicky and Japanese green, like Sencha, complete with tea ceremony and gaiwans.

ANYWAY, I find that I’m still enjoying this one, even though it’s a bit maltier and aggressive than I even remember. The first sip took me by surprise. As ridiculous as this sounds, it’s almost horrible tasting in an awesome way. Compulsively drinkable. Challenging you every step of the way. It tastes like something you need in the morning after a heavy night of drinking. Or after a night of barely any sleep (my problem’s the latter today). So yes, I’ve knocked the rating down a few notches, because loose leaf tastes better. It’s true. Adagio’s Irish Breakfast isn’t better, but I’m pretty sure there’s an excellent loose leaf blend out there that’ll find the happy medium between these two puppies.

And in the pirates vs. ninjas debate, I’m pretty sure the ninjas would win.

Preparation
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Auggy

You know, if ninjas wouldn’t drink it, I don’t know if I’d want to either. Because ninjas are cool.

But then so are pirates. It is a conundrum.

teafiend

So I totally just wrote a legit 6 page paper on the pirates vs. ninjas debate for a class. My historically and scientifically supported answer is: Ninjas! I’m gonna have to get more of this, my supply is running low…

takgoti

I have a shirt that says, “I am ninja. You can’t see me.” But I’m not wearing it right now. Right now, I’m wearing a shirt that has a stapler in jello on it.

Anyhow, I’m going to give it to the ninjas. They’re just more badass. The only thing pirates have going for them, in my opinion, is Johnny Depp. [Though, I did use to play Puzzle Pirates back in the day.]

Jillian

Bah, pirates have gunpowder which your ninjas are distinctly lacking. ;P

takgoti

Ah, yes, but ninjas are sneaky and would incapacitate them before the gunpowder even came into play.

Jillian

It’d be rather hard to ‘sneak’ across the open ocean, don’t you think? Or ‘sneak’ around a canonball.

takgoti

Pfft. You say that as if ninjas would be silly enough to even try to attack pirates at sea. They’d wait for them to arrive at port, for they are smart.

teaplz

This whole thing is hilarious. teafiend, my friend, I have no idea how you got away with that, but my hat and monocle are off to you.

Ninjas also have those flash grenade-style smoke pellet thingers, so they could stun the pirates and VANISH! before anyone noticed, really.

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Auggy

You know, if ninjas wouldn’t drink it, I don’t know if I’d want to either. Because ninjas are cool.

But then so are pirates. It is a conundrum.

teafiend

So I totally just wrote a legit 6 page paper on the pirates vs. ninjas debate for a class. My historically and scientifically supported answer is: Ninjas! I’m gonna have to get more of this, my supply is running low…

takgoti

I have a shirt that says, “I am ninja. You can’t see me.” But I’m not wearing it right now. Right now, I’m wearing a shirt that has a stapler in jello on it.

Anyhow, I’m going to give it to the ninjas. They’re just more badass. The only thing pirates have going for them, in my opinion, is Johnny Depp. [Though, I did use to play Puzzle Pirates back in the day.]

Jillian

Bah, pirates have gunpowder which your ninjas are distinctly lacking. ;P

takgoti

Ah, yes, but ninjas are sneaky and would incapacitate them before the gunpowder even came into play.

Jillian

It’d be rather hard to ‘sneak’ across the open ocean, don’t you think? Or ‘sneak’ around a canonball.

takgoti

Pfft. You say that as if ninjas would be silly enough to even try to attack pirates at sea. They’d wait for them to arrive at port, for they are smart.

teaplz

This whole thing is hilarious. teafiend, my friend, I have no idea how you got away with that, but my hat and monocle are off to you.

Ninjas also have those flash grenade-style smoke pellet thingers, so they could stun the pirates and VANISH! before anyone noticed, really.

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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.

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