Pure Assam Irish Breakfast

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Assam is the base of most of the great Indian tea blends because of its strength, full flavor and deep color. We are one of the few tea blenders to offer 100% pure Assam as an offering. Our Pure Assam Irish Breakfast is a connoisseur’s delight and a popular breakfast tea with a surprisingly delicate character. This tea has malty overtones, which take well to milk and sugar. Our blend is an unforgettable cup to help start your day.

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2048 tasting notes

Why are the chickens making me crave black tea? Each morning I go outside and watch the chickens we bought Sunday. One of them had laid an egg in the box during the auction. I didn’t expect them to lay for a week or so since they had a major upheaval in their lives, but yesterday both laying hens laid an egg. (One is an adorable pullet, too young to lay just yet.) I am on pins and needles looking for two more eggs to come at about five o’clock. Meanwhile, though, in the mornings I LONG for a pot of black tea even though I haven’t been having tea until afternoons for a long while.

This one sounded good today. It is one of only a few Assams that I can drink and not regret it. Others are too harsh for me and give me an angry stomach. I actually got distracted and steeped this one for over five minutes instead of the 3 1/2 I normally do. I was afraid it would be undrinkable but I took it outside and enjoyed every cup with a bit of Blarney Castle cheese from Kerrygold. Is anyone else excited at the cheese they are carrying at Sam’s Club now? They have some pretty decent ones and I try to buy one or two a month to expand my horizons.

Grace Rare Tea is consistently good for me. They don’t offer a huge number of different teas, but they offer high quality teas and people who have tea at my house generally really like their tea. I have had their Formosa Oolong, Assam, Winey Keemun, and Jasmine Green, and they have all been tasty.


Even tho they had an upheaval, the also have the best and most caring chicken mom ever!


D’aw! Thanks! I am getting a sunburn sitting out there by their run in the eighty plus degree heat – haha!


80 plus degree heat?!! Here up north Spring hasn’t even shown up yet. >_


Rellybob: it was 84 last time I checked! I have the a/c set for 78 and I just heard it come on and it is after 7pm. We have a few more days of this predicted. I don’t enjoy really cold weather but I don’t like the heat and humidity either! If only it could be perpetually 70 degrees!


Absolutely agreed that 70 is the ideal temp. I do enjoy the seasons…but only when they change when they’re supposed to! :)

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2784 tasting notes

This is a nice morning tea, courtesy of Hesper June! Assams definitely belong in the “eye-opening” category for me. I am getting lots of malty notes but also a twinge of bitterness. It isn’t the mellowest assam blend I’ve ever had but I seem to remember this is fairly typical for Irish Breakfast teas. I would not say it is “delicate” per the company’s description, but perhaps I will try steeping it for a little less time also.

Overall, not bad but not something I will feel compelled to buy. Thanks again for the sample, HG! Now I must get my assam to work – hee hee!

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I give this one only three minutes.


I will try that next time!

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1570 tasting notes

Thanks to ashmanra my assam journey takes another step. According to wikepedia – so you know it has to be true ;) Irish Breakfast teas are traditionally 100% Assam blends. This is slightly malty in smell and taste. There was something else going on in the background that reminded me more of a hazel nut tea my wife drinks than it does the fruitiness of yesterday’s A Southern Season IB. Not bitter at 3 minute steep but a a little drying. I think this one would hurt me if I drank too much on an empty stomach. At least that is the excuse I used to grab the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies I had with it. Good tea and good cookies!

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168 tasting notes

Whoops, gotta wake up now.
What tea will help me do that?
This one.
As I said in my previous review of this “when the awoken world is alluding me”
Well, that is today.
And everyday as of late.
I stayed up later last night to make these so we would have something to grab to eat in the mornings:
They seriously taste like Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
So, hopefully between this tea and a small sugar boost, I will be ready for my shift in the harvest truck.


Oh my gosh, they even LOOK like KK glazed doughnuts! Drool


That’s funny! Krispy Kremes must be on the brain.


Sin in a muffin wrapper!


uh oh… I have everything in my cupboard to make these… gulp. Although I’ve never had a Krispy Kreme! I know I’m missing out haha


@DaisyChubb: O.O Never had Krispy Kreme? I was indoctrinated quite young as my father took me to ours and we would stand outside and watch the doughnuts on the conveyer go through the rising station, then ride the flat strip to the hot oil, then flip over and pass under the Niagra Falls of liquid glaze….


Oh, that looks like a dangerous recipe …

Hesper June

Oh, you see, the secret is to tell yourself they are healthy because they are not fried…


I know ashmanra! It’s blasphemous! There are only 4 locations in all of Canada so that makes it quite hard for me, ohh but I’ve heard so much about them and they ARE on my bucket list! haha

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1854 tasting notes

This is another one that needs to be treated gently, or it’ll grow muscles and walk off without you. I think I slightly overdid/oversteeped, but even with that said, this has a nice fruity background note that adds a little sophistication to the morning Assam kick.


Yep. When handled with kid gloves this is one of my favorite Assams. I use a lower steep temp and time and add milk and sugar and then we get along juuuust fine!


shouldn’t the fact that this is “Irish” be a signal that it might need…special treatment?

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1112 tasting notes

I am egg-zausted from attending a performance of the Duchess of Malfi last night – talk about intense! It is a strong tea, milk and sugar kind of morning. I thought this one would be fun to try – thanks SO MUCH ashmanra!

This is a very complex and interesting Irish Breakfast! I am getting the feeling that Grace Rare Teas are telling it like it is :) The offerings I’ve had thus far have not tasted like anything I’ve ever tasted!

I taste a true tea flavor, strong but not astringent or bitter – really smooth, full bodied – malty but not overly so, and for some reason, I taste the most gentle of cardamom or nutmeg? flavors. Sort of like cardamom or nutmeg was steeped in milk – or like rice pudding! Very subtle. I know this is not a flavored tea so it must be some unique quality of the tea. It is delicious.

I don’t think I have any choice but to put a leetle more tea into my brewer basket and make another cup!

Mmmmmmmmmm! I’m still getting that unique cardamom-y flavor (and I am f-l-y-i-n-g! This one sneaks up on ya! How can something that tastes so good and sweet and lovely wake you up like this!?!!?!?)

It is truly frightening how much delicious tea I’ve been drinking courtesy of ashmanra!!! Thank you once again!

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