Lucky Irish Breakfast

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  • “Republic of Tea is everywhere, it seems.... this morning I went into a "specialty" tea shop in Oakland and all they had was Republic of Tea and Ahmad, don't know how special that is but I needed...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2394 tasting notes
  • “SQUEE! Auggy sent me an extremely awesome package in the mail of a bunch of teas for me to try. Just because she's amazing and awesome like that. It wasn't even a tea swap - it was a gift! Once I...” Read full tasting note
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    teaplz 186 tasting notes
  • “I'm mixed on this tea. I was expecting the tea equivalent of a kick to the head with stoutness on this one but it turned out not that way at all. Yeah, it's strong and I can feel the caffeine...” Read full tasting note
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    aug3zimm 911 tasting notes
  • “I loved this tea. I bought this tea the first time because it won first place at the North American Tea Championships Fall 2010. I had been pretty disappointed with TG's English Breakfast Blend...” Read full tasting note
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    scottbee 109 tasting notes

From The Republic of Tea

Deep, Dark, Delightful. A traditional blend of Assam (India) and high-grown Ceylon (Sri Lanka) leaves. This hearty brew has a malty character, brisk finish and a rich color. Sure to lift the fog of a cloudy mind. Enjoy with a splash of milk for a cup that satisfies well beyond breakfast.

About The Republic of Tea View company

The Republic of Tea is a progressive and socially conscious business recognized for being the leading purveyor of more than 200 premium teas and herbs, ready-to-drink iced teas and more. Founded in 1992, The Republic of Tea sparked a tea revolution in America with the purpose of enriching people’s lives through the experience of premium teas and a Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp lifestyle.

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Republic of Tea is everywhere, it seems….

this morning I went into a “specialty” tea shop in Oakland and all they had was Republic of Tea and Ahmad, don’t know how special that is but I needed some caffeine. The oat and fruit bar I had from there was an excellent breakfast treat, but this tea… so ho hum.

I expect an Irish breakfast tea to be malty and stout but this just seemed like a generic black tea. I put some soymilk in it and it served its’ purpose but there is nothing special or interesting about it. Le snooze

I would suggest the Twinings brand over this one, it’s cheaper and a lot more flavorful.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec
Scott B

I don’t know exactly what they did to this tea, but it is so sad that this blend has gone from great to mediocre.

TeaBrat

I’ve never had it before today so I don’t know what I am missing…

Scott B

Oh, it pains me every time I brew a cup-can’t help remembering how good it was. Hope my other breakfast teas get here soon.

LiberTEAS

It has been my experience with Republic of Tea that with the bagged varieties, two bags in a tea cup work better than one. They don’t have a whole lot of leaf in those little round bags.

TeaBrat

@LiberTeas this was actually a loose leaf tea in a T-sac

Scott B

My review and comments are strictly for their loose-leaf blend.

Angrboda

I would suggest the Twinings brand over this one, it’s cheaper and a lot more flavorful.
But is it also lucky? ;)

TeaBrat

Lucky that it doesn’t suck, for sure. :-P

Scott B

Re: Twinings
“This tea is best taken with milk and sweetened to taste to bring out the best flavor.”
Amy, have you had this tea straight? Your review didn’t say. I could put soymilk and sugar in this, but I really don’t want to. A good breakfast tea should be able to be consumed straight and I am kinda concerned that they don’t recommend this.

TeaBrat

@Scott, I usually drink my black teas with some soymilk (but no sugar), I don’t think I ever tried it straight.

Scott B

Thanks for the info, Amy.

ScottTeaMan

OK—RoT is short for RoTten. I haven’t tried this, but I know Stash’s, bagged and loose, is better than this one. I’m at the point where the only time I’d use RoT teas is for iced teas.

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SQUEE!

Auggy sent me an extremely awesome package in the mail of a bunch of teas for me to try. Just because she’s amazing and awesome like that. It wasn’t even a tea swap – it was a gift! Once I amass a large enough tea collection, she’s getting lots of yummy goodness her way!

Anyway, the package arrived yesterday, but I was so busy that I barely had time to tear it open and inspect all the wonders inside. I was out late last night, and I woke up super groggy and completely out of it. I was out until 4:30 am last night at a friend’s birthday party, and it was freezing out. 7 degrees with wind chill. So yeah, I woke up not in the best of spirits this morning. I wanted something delicious and strong. Something pirate-y that would be a nice kick in the pants.

And boy, did this deliver! The wet leaves smell strong and assertive, the way a proper Irish Breakfast blend should. The cup brewed up to a much darker color than Adagio’s, but less cloudy than Twinings. On first sip, I had a huge smile on my face.

Auggy knew that I had been disappointed with Adagio’s blend – that it wasn’t RAWR-in-your-face assertive enough for me to call it a true IB. The Twinings blend is such a punch-to-the-face it could almost be TOO aggressive at times. This one is the perfect happy medium to those two. The Assam gives a nice, malty kick at the end of each sip, pulling you awake by your lapels. And the Ceylon is the beginning of every tasting note, that smooth, default essence-of-tea taste. They complement each other very nicely, creating a very drinkable cup with more sophistication than the Twinings blend but still enough kickassery to really wake you up in the morning.

This is the way that I pictured Irish Breakfast loose leaf to taste. Smooth but bracing with a some astringency and spice. Auggy hit the nail right on the head when she sent this to me! I can’t wait to tear through everything else she sent me!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Auggy

Yay! I’m glad you liked it! I can’t remember the other teas I stuck in for you, but this was something I tried to match to your tastes. The others might be more ’don’t know if you’ll like it but it’s a fun tea to try’ kind of thing. Maybe.

teaplz

t wait to try all of these! SO EXCITED!

teaplz

BLAH! Where did my post go?! :(

I said something along the lines of YAY AUGGY IS AWESOME AND AMAZING!

Then I proceeded to list the teas:
SerendipiTEA’s Colonille
Rishi Jade Fire
Rishi Citron Oolong
SpecialTEA’s Almond Cookie!

WHEEE! I’m sure all of these will be awesome to taste and try! You are awesome on so many levels. I want to bow down to the awesomeness that is Auggy!

Auggy

Yay! My own little worshiper! I feel so special!

Oh yes, the Jade Fire… I’m thinking you might like that. The second steep was a bit too in your face for me which made me think you might enjoy that… so definitely give that one a resteep! The Colonille is a good vanilla (though I think I mentioned another one of their’s in my note? That’s the best one I’ve had). And Almond Cookie! It’s nummy! And Citron Oolong is just to weird (but addictive) for me not to share.
I’m also thinking this Kenyan tea I’m trying might be something you’d like a lot. Hmm, might be borderline. I reserve the right to make you try it.

Auggy

Correction: the Tanzanian one I’m drinking…. the Kenyan was yesterday.

teaplz

Yay! m not going to like (cucumber = ew), but all the varieties of fermentation/oxidization seem to be pretty awesome to my mouth and tummy!

Jillian

See? You’re turning into a fine Tea Guru already. ;)

takgoti

Hee, hurrah for tea packages!

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911 tasting notes

I’m mixed on this tea. I was expecting the tea equivalent of a kick to the head with stoutness on this one but it turned out not that way at all. Yeah, it’s strong and I can feel the caffeine running through my veins. But taste wise it wasn’t as overpowering as I expected.

But I think I’m going to have to stick to my previous thoughts of just not liking Assam. There is something about Assam… it, to me, tastes like cardboard smells. So I’m drinking this enjoyable tea and then get a ending taste like I licked a shipping box (which no, I don’t do regularly) and the taste only comes up with things that have Assam in them.

So here’s my question: how crazy am I? Is it the maltiness of the Assam that reminds me of cardboard? Or am I just getting bad Assams that actually taste of cardboard?

takgoti

I’m sure that I’ve had Assam, but I either had no idea what I was drinking when that was what I was drinking, or I’m unaware that it’s in tea I’m drinking currently. So, to answer your questions…okay!

Oh, and @East Side Rob had some interesting thoughts on Assam that I read recently.

Auggy

I think I’ve figured (and ESR’s post drove home) that I’m going to have to get an Assam that I know is good quality and see how that goes… which is why I’m totally eying the World Tea Champion Sampler on Steepster Select right now. Because I apparently need more reasons to buy tea.

Who needs actual food in my pantry? I’m gonna clean it all out so I have more room for tea!

Jillian

Bah, you can never have too much tea! ;)

I think the World Championship Sampler looks neat too, sadly I’m all out of money, plus I already caved once and bough the Harney & Sons oolong that was on special.

Auggy

Yep, I’m pretty sure I’ll cave by the end of the day and get it. I’m already thinking of things I could move around to make a little more tea room on the pantry shelf. It started out on the short side of a U-shaped shelf and has gradually been creeping ’round the bend.

I’ll keep a look out for your thoughts on the H&S’s… I managed not to buy it but it was close.

Jillian

I’d been looking at Harney & Son’s teas for awhile so I figured it was a good opportunity to try some of their stuff – I also ordered a bunch of $2 samples.

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109 tasting notes

I loved this tea. I bought this tea the first time because it won first place at the North American Tea Championships Fall 2010. I had been pretty disappointed with TG’s English Breakfast Blend that had won 3rd place and I figured that there must be something better. This is just Assam and Ceylon-both teas that are self-drinking (unlike a couple of the teas in the TG blend).

The first cup was a revelation. Strong, yes, but not bitter. Bold. Malty. Simple yet very flavorful. Didn’t need milk and sugar to get through the cup like I did with TG’s. In fact, never even tried it with milk or sugar. It was just get it and go. Perfect way to start my day. However, if I only had one tea in the house I could have drank it all day long. If I had been a Steepster member back then I would have given it a rating in the 90’s.

So, when I needed a new boiling water tea (most of my teas brew at 195 or so), I did not hesitate even though it did not win an award in the 2011 Fall NATC.

Liquor is deep copper. Leaves are dark brown/black, short, somewhat needle-like with just a few golden tips/buds mixed in.

This batch has been so…disappointing. It’s not weak, but it’s not nearly so strong and bold. The flavor is just kinda… subdued. Not so malty. Not so anything it was last time. This is not a good thing for a breakfast blend. The first thing I did was to look at the best-consumed by date. I was suspecting they sold me the same batch that I had purchased last year. But no, it was January 2014 as opposed to March 2013 with different production numbers so that wasn’t it. I tried “refreshing” the leaves for 3 seconds in boiling water-to no measurable effect on the flavor.

I understand that variations in climate, precipitation, temperature, etc. can all effect the taste of tea leaves from crop to crop. That is to be expected if tea comes from a single garden. However, I expect a big outfit like RoT isn’t buying from just one Assam garden and one Ceylon garden. I would think they would buy from multiple gardens to try to prevent too much variance in their teas. I suppose climate variations could effect the whole regions too. I don’t know.

I wonder if they are using cheaper and lower quality teas for this blend now and saving the better stuff for their more upscale offshoot, Rare Tea Republic

Well, I’ll drink one cup first thing for now-because I don’t have any other boiling water teas, but I am looking to get some other breakfast-type boiling water teas, so I may or may not finish this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

wow, I did not even know the two companies were related!

Scott B

Yes, they even ship from the same warehouse as far as I can tell.

Azzrian

I always wondered this considering the names are close.

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[Backlog] – I love Irish Breakfast tea, but I was left unimpressed by The Republic of Tea’s version. It’s not as rich or robust as other Irish Breakfast teas that I’ve had. It wasn’t undrinkable, just nothing really that special.

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15 tasting notes

This is my morning cuppa. When I want to start the day right I turn to this tea. For this tea I don’t use any fancy porcelain or count my infusions. I just put some in a teaball (gasp!) plop it into a nice mug and pour boiling hot water over it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I add a splash of milk and some sugar (double gasp!) and the resulting brew is sweet, warm, with strong flavors of malty-carameliness. Then I can say that I am ready to start my day.

This tea is not overly exceptional on its own by any means and lacks a certain depth, which is why I am only giving it 85. But when it comes to my daily brew I don’t need an exceptionally perfect tea. I just need a good solid tea to mix with milk and sugar and this is it. I’ve tried others but I keep coming back to this one. A must have staple of any tea-head’s cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I bought this on a whim because i was low on cash and didn’t have the gas to get to the nearest place that sells my usual tea, so I swung into a local food market and picked this up to get my irish breakfast fix. I was a bit sad to find that it wasn’t quite as robust a tea as I’d have liked, but still a decent tea, not quite the most flavorful, but not as bad as your typical grocery-store tea bag. (oh, also I tend to lean more towards loose-leaf teas, so this is a somewhat unusual choice for me). Recommendable, but not recommended.

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10 tasting notes

Well, I haven’t tried this blend from any company except The Republic of Tea, so I can’t compare it to similar blends. However, I love this tea in the morning! It’s got kick, it’s got deep flavor, and it’s got caffeine. I recently kicked my (too many cups of) coffee habit, and this tea is a nice substitute. I drink this tea in the morning, plain and nice and hot.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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26 tasting notes

a nice change from the usual English Breakfast tea

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