Irish Breakfast Tea

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Black Tea
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Bitter, Malt, Vegetal, Astringent, Floral, Lemon, Nutty, Pleasantly Sour, Wet Earth
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 45 sec 12 oz / 357 ml

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  • “I usually drink this bagged tea only in decaf, but today called for caf, so I yoinked a bag from my hubby’s stash. (I don’t know how he brews it for 5 min – after 3 it was looking plenty dark...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m not gung-ho on bagged teas generally, but I was looking for a cheap, decent black tea mainly to try for cold brewing. I had this about 7.5 years ago, and I thought it was O.K. I decided to have...” Read full tasting note
  • “I have KeenTeaThyme to thank for sending me a bag of this. Thank you! Twinings is a company (or shall I say “are companies”?) that confuse me. It seems like there are two different companies: ...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m sure I have had this at some point in history. I can’t find any notes I’ve ever written about it. It is one of the half dozen Twinings teas that have always been on the local grocer’s shelves....” Read full tasting note

From Twinings

The Irish really love their tea and are amongst the most frequent drinkers of tea around the world. In celebration of this tea drinking tradition, Twinings blended a special Irish Breakfast Blend. This tea is best taken with milk and sweetened to taste to bring out the best flavor.

This blend combines teas carefully selected from four distinct regions to give it added body, flavour and strength. The bold taste originates from teas grown in the tropical climate of Assam and the rich, amber color from teas grown in the fertile terra rossa soil of Kenya. The hardiness from these regions is complemented by the softer and more subtle teas from Indonesia and China to yield a full-bodied tea with a smooth finish.

-Dec. 2015

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603 tasting notes

Yummy tea! Almost sweet by itself. I love this with some sweetener and a splash of milk. This is a delicious tea to have in the morning or afternoon.

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34 tasting notes

I didn’t realize this was a black tea until I read the notes about it. I bought it so I could have something to drink with breakfast. I like it a lot. Even though it’s 3pm, I’m drinking some now. (Hey, I just had breakfast). It’s good.

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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392 tasting notes

This tea is okay. It is a basic bagged black tea. It wasn’t bad though. A little bitter but flavorful.


I love irish breakfast, but I think it really shines with milk and sugar. Give it a try and let me know what you think.


I am not big on adding things to my tea, but I can definitely see how that would be good. I will give it a try next time I have irish breakfast.


Yeah, some may not view tea the way I do, but I feel that some teas just aren’t meant to be plain. IMO, irish breakfast is a prime example.

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115 tasting notes

Finally a tea from Twinings that tastes like tea! This one brews very dark and strong with a mild astringency. It’s fine and I will enjoy drinking the bags that I have, but I feel like it doesn’t have the complexity of flavours that I am used to with loose leaf blacks.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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299 tasting notes

Good and hot with milk and sugar. And nutella cookies! I made this tea JUST in time for my new tea order to arrive! :P

But then my possibly parasite-ridden kitten licked it, so I don’t feel bad about throwing it out now.

4 min, 15 sec

Hahha. How convenient! Were you letting him sniff it? Dunking his face in it? :P


Hahahaha >:D (you jerk XP there’s this little triangle of flat up against the wall on the back of the loveseat where my tea sits – it is NOT cat!safe)

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19 tasting notes

Maybe because this is one of the first teas I ever tried and enjoyed, but I really love this tea. Malty, smooth, consistently good. It’s not so delicious as to make you re-think your life, but I’ve always gotten enjoyment from it.

Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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11 tasting notes

I think I am a bit biased because I am writing this tasting note after I have already went through two small boxes of this. Everyone keeps saying that they thought it did well for a “bagged” tea. Honestly I don’t see what is causing such a bad rap for bagged teas. If someone cares to enlighten me, I would appreciate it.

My review: I love this tea. It’s my go to tea. Especially when I have had an awful day at work or in class. I bought a big box of English Breakfast and all though I tolerate it, I prefer this much more. Coincidentally, my boyfriend likes English Breakfast so he has been using it up for me.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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32 tasting notes

When I need a pick-me-up but am not in the mood for coffee, this is my go-to black tea. The flavor is incredibly robust, but is suitable for all of your affairs; not just breakfast. If you don’t mind or prefer a strong kick from your tea, this is the one for you.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

Tasty, malty, very strong black tea, with a bit of sugar or truvia and a splash of milk – Or better, cream.

Does the job in the morning.

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60 tasting notes

finally found boxes of this tea again after eons of going without. this is my morning must-have. i steep it for 6 minutes usually & take it with one sugar cube and enough milk to turn the tea a caramel colour. it remains my favourite tea, especially in the mornings. it’s strong & tastes right. growing up in a British family where tea was steeped in a Brown Betty tea pot for ages has left me needing strong tea. this Irish Breakfast fits the bill nicely.

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