bitter, even in a mug mug and at the minimum brewing time listed. No biggie, since I was planning to add Bailey’s anyway. 2 tbsp smoothed it out nicely :-)
Amount: 1 teabag
Water: hot carafe water, paper cup
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Dry Leaf Smell: black tea, toasty
Steeped Tea Smell: black tea, toasty
Flavor: thick, dark
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.
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!
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!
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.
Great breakfast tea, however I would never drink it without milk/cream and sugar. It goes well with both. Thanks to Amazon this can be one of my staples
Bought this in Dublin not long ago and was pleasantly surprised. Full body, bitter aftertaste just as I like it.. very good smell. Recommended!
Very nice if not exciting tea brewed loose – good morning tea.
These teabags were given to me. Very pleasantly surprised at the quality of tea in this bagged product.
I made this one from tea bags (2 cups per bag). Tastes great. Some of the best tea you can get from a bag, IMHO.
This tin is loose leaf. It has a tange to it which I have never tasted before. I like it even though I don’t know how to describe it.