I have never had Irish breakfast tea before. I’ve heard that a lot of people hate it and a lot love it. I assumed that this was because of its supposed robustness. Well, no stranger to a good dark roast coffee (and I like my coffee as I like my holes, black ;) ) I figured I’d just have to see about this bold tea.

I so wanted to try it first thing this morning, but I couldn’t get myself to break away from last-minute final exam cramming to boil water. So I left without any tea. :( I took an exam and I skipped lunch to study for the second exam and then I took the next exam and then I can home. I was hungry, so I put a bowl of organic canned spaghetti rings in the microwave and boiled water for my tea. Not really sure spaghetti rings are well paired with this, but it works for me. . .

So, about the tea: It’s a good cuppa. smooth, flavorful, but (I don’t know if I should dare to say), I could have done with even stronger. I think I’ll double my leaf next time.

About the descriptors everyone likes to use: “kick in the butt” etc. well I dunno. after a lifetime of dark roast coffee drinking (I only like dark roast), bold is just a default assumed quality of a good brew to me. This tea is not going to make me hustle in a jig out the door every morning. Even coffee couldn’t do that. I should add here that I have never felt the effects of caffeine. A strong tea to me is nothing more than good flavor. Sure it’s a bold flavor, but I don’t associate it with acquisition of butt-kicking super powers (I have those naturally).

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).





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