I love English and Irish breakfast teas, especially on the strong side. This had a nice smoky flavor and a bit of maltiness, but I didn’t get the POW from it that I love in an Irish breakfast tea. The flavor was delicate, not strong.
“The only tea I had yesterday for St Patrick's day was a bagged Wegmans green - shocker! I was at my roommate's for the weekend, and that's all they have in they have. Not that I'm a tea snot or...” Read full tasting note
“*Thank you Epi Tea for this sample!* This was my first morning cup, and perfect to pretend that I'm not in the highlands of the American Western Rocky Mountains...but somewhere in Ireland in the...” Read full tasting note
“Thanks to *Epi Tea* for this sample! Personally, I found this tea to be very smooth and only a small amount of bitterness towards the end of the sip. The boldness that I expected, really...” Read full tasting note
“This is a VERY mellow Irish Breakfast. It doesn't taste bad but it's not the KICK I was hoping for. I've always loved the strong, bold, dark, Irish Breakfast Teas...this was mellow and weak. I...” Read full tasting note
Epi Tea’s Irish Breakfast is a great morning brew with a deep malty flavor and a smooth finish.
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Let me preface by saying I’m not a fan of English breakfast teas. I find them fairly “boring” and there’s usually something else I’d rather drink, though I don’t hate English breakfast.
This English breakfast is, as my other half put it, a better English breakfast tea. :) I enjoyed the smoothness of the tea and the subtle favors that came out as I drank it. In essence, if I had to drink an English breakfast tea, this one would be first on my list.
Irish breakfast tea and porridge on Australia Day. Yep, I’m waiting for the hordes to kick down the door, burn my birth certificate and kick me out. (Btw, if is happens I’ll pack my tea supplies and move to Ontario. Maybe NS, apparently Halifax is my home town Hobart’s doppelgänger.)
Anywho, this is a lovely breakfast tea! Or brunch, as its 10am. Flavorful without being too strong, soft and not even a little bitter. I went with the soft side of Michelle’s recommendation (around 3mins), so I’m looking forward to playing with steep times.
And just because its been one of those weeks, I’ve added a little of the vanilla sugar I got from*Azzrian* in my swap with her. Swap melding is cool. Just another lovely aspect of this cup! Adds a little sweetness, which soothes my soul if not my taste buds (though it does taste delightful!).
So with the infamous samples do i dare begin with this one. hmmmmmmm….seriously that was the first reaction to smell and taste! thought not a big “breakfast” tea fan, i found this one quite enjoyable and most avoidable of the dreded “punch” aftertaste most breakfast teas leave you hurting like you had one too many at the pub :P . there was no aftertaste, but just blissed joy of good creme overtones that made you want to dye your hair red and wait for your William Wallace to come! :D . i enjoyed my cup with two raw sugars and skim milk. My also interesting joy was that the tea sachets of pyramid style were cute as they would float in the centre as a triangle and dance around the mug until it semi sunk in…which to me it’s a neat way to know the steep is good and done! This has been a GREAT first tea taste of EPI TEA…make one your own…go GET IT!! :)
My first try of any Irish Breakfast, courtesy of the free sample sachets from Epi Tea. Very different from the varieties of English Breakfast teas I’ve had. Personally, not something that I would have again, but it was good for the experience of trying a brand new sort of tea. Seems like this is an acquired taste, so it’s not surprising that I didn’t really like it on my first try.
just brief impression
only tried this once – got in a sample pack so keep that in mind
although its an irish breakfast it seemed pretty chinese to me. couldn’t specify a specific region for sure, but tasted far less assamy than most irish breakfast teas.
while i dont prefer the taste of chinese teas (will effect my rating) i thought it was pretty good… had more of a weighty mouthfeel than english breakfast teas(not same flavor just reference point) less thin which i like although not quiet as round/heavy a mouthfeel as some other irish breakfasts…. if memory serves correctly i would put it around a fujian tea
other thoughts : this tea came in a bag, with leaves about the size you’d expect from an irish breakfast. the smell pretty closely matched the taste, the tea bag itself kept the tea inside let water through and didnt effect the taste… although might have been a little small(normal sized) and didnt have a string.
took on the long side steep time wise but didnt seem bitter at all and had a pleasant aftertaste