Irish Breakfast

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 12 oz / 369 ml

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  • “I felt that it was only fitting to start St. Patrick’s Day with a big, super strong (steeped for 15 minutes….yea, I’m a bit crazy) mug of Irish Breakfast….not that I really needed an excuse to have...” Read full tasting note
  • “Happy 4th of July, U.S. Steepsters!!! Tea of the morning here (in teabag form). Not at home again and the BF picked it out. Still, it’s pretty good even for a teabag. Some nice malty notes provided...” Read full tasting note
  • “Last bag of my box! I’m excited to be finishing up teas. I’m not sure if I would buy this again because I found a tea that I like drinking in the morning better. But it is good. I just think I’m...” Read full tasting note
  • “Hospital tea. I generally like this, pleasant and strong with no bitter bite; but there’s just something about Styrofoam that messes with the leaf, no matter what.” Read full tasting note

From Twinings

A strong, full-bodied black tea from the regions of Ceylon and Assam expertly blended with a hearty flavor and delightful aroma.

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.

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193 Tasting Notes

21 tasting notes

Yum. I love Irish Breakfast with some milk and sugar. I only have 2 bags of this left so i’m going to replace it with a loose leaf version. :D

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902 tasting notes

Rolled out of bed on this lazy Sunday morning and looked out the window. It’s snowing. Again. So far, it has snowed every day in December here. I don’t like it, not one bit. It’s a bad omen for the rest of the winter.

Even if it is a bad omen, it does make for a great day to stay in and drink tea (yup, total repeat of yesterday). frenchvanilla sent me some bags of this to try. I’ve been eyeing the box of this every time I’ve been in the tea aisle lately, but haven’t caved yet (miracles never cease…wait, no, I bought other teas instead). Thanks for giving me the chance to try it out!!

It’s stout, strong, rich, and smooth. Just slightly astringent, but all the better for it. This is a breakfast tea that could actually stand up to a big, southern-style breakfast. Too bad I’m not having one this morning, but still, this should be the go-to tea at places like Bob Evans and Cracker Barrel to serve with the big breakfast platters.

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2978 tasting notes

(decaf) wanted tea w/ breakfast, didn’t want to think about it. Probably should have had full caff, but I save that for my hubby. My box of decaf is a throwback to when I didn’t drink much regular black tea b/c the caffeine seemed to affect me very strongly. I seem to be over that now.

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I want to do a side-by-side taste test w/ my hubbys of the 4 Irish Breakfast teabags we have in the house – Twinings Regular, Twinings Decaf, Harney & Sons, and Choice Organic.


There’s supposed to be a huge decrease in flavour and the antioxident content when a tea is decaffinated – although I think it also depends on the method. Personally I’ve found that decaf teas taste thinner and weaker than their counterparts.

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3 tasting notes

This is my absolute favorite tea. I love it. It’s full bodied, it smells really rough, and with a tiny splash of milk and a drizzle of honey, it’s my favorite thing to exist on during the winter months.

It’s hearty, don’t think for a moment it’s light. It’s intense. It will knock you over if you’re not ready for it. But if you sidle up to it, learn to love it, it will be your best friend for life.

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It’s nice to have a friend-for-life tea that you can reach for every morning without thinking.

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28 tasting notes

The nostalgia… it’s unbearable.

So it began around age fourteen. I had this obsession for tea in a house full of coffee lovers. I was still unable to purchase things online for myself (and even then, I had no knowledge of what tea retailers were sought after), so I fueled my love and desire with grocery store bought Twinings and Tazo.

This became a favorite in its bagged incarnation alongside Twinings Earl Grey and Prince of Wales.

The last time I tried this tea was a good four or five years ago when stopped keeping up with my tea rituals, until it was at a Teavana in Chicago where my passion for tea was reignited.

Oh. Yes, this is about the tea. Right.

I realized I had two bags of this left in the back of my cupboard and I thought, “I’m feeling adventurous. Why not?”

So I steeped this in my glass teapot. I watched it turn a gloriously deep red color… which surprised me (mostly because I’d never seen it directly through glass before).

The smell was just as malty and deep as I remember it.

And… there it is. That hint of astringency and the ever present malty flavor. I just wish it wasn’t as flat as it is. Why doesn’t it taste as deep as it smells?

I’m thinking that perhaps the loose version is a better incarnation of this tea. Sadly I suppose I don’t like it as much as I used to, now that I’m comparing it to other teas.

Bagged Irish Breakfast, we had happy memories.

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266 tasting notes

Twinings Irish breakfast was my other favorite tea back in college and after starting to drink Twinings Prince of Wales again in the loose version I figured it was worth a try to give Twinings Irish Breakfast a second chance as well in its loose leaf incarnation. My initial impression upon opening the tin was surprised to see that it is a CTC (crush-tear-curl) processed leaf into little tea pellets so I hoped that it would not be too strong considering that the blacks that I’ve drank in the last decade have all been Chinese. I brewed this tea in a mug infuser and I think it turned out fairly strong as the ending result was a strong malty brew that had not crossed the line into bitter when drunk straight. Overall a good tea but one that I know I can not drink too often as Assam and Ceylon blacks in large amounts are not as easy on the stomach as Chinese blacks.

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20 tasting notes

This is probably my favorite mass-produced black tea. I love how it can become so bold without the expected bitterness. Also it’s great at unexpectedly keeping you awake all night!

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64 tasting notes

Not horrid I wasn’t getting any aroma though.
The maltiness is just wow O.O

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66 tasting notes

Just recently finished up with James Joyce’s Ulysses, and of course I simply needed to drink half the box of this.
Nice, with a little almond milk and sugar. Just what I need in the mornings.


This is what I wish I had this morning! Sounds great right now.

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47 tasting notes

Note: This is a review for the bagged version.

It is currently 7:30pm. I have an exam tomorrow, so I made myself a thermos tumbler full of Irish Breakfast with a splash of warm milk to keep me awake. It’s a malty, masculine tea and goes very well with milk, and sugar too, if you feel like it.

Twinings version of Irish Breakfast is, like others noted, on the strong side, somewhat rough; the “drill sergeant” metaphor isn’t far off. I have yet to try this straight, and when I do I will write another tasting note. I am on a search for my favorite Irish Breakfast, and plan on trying several different companies before I order my loose leaf tin. I wouldn’t count this one out.


This is my husband’s favorite tea. I bought him a box of Harney & Sons bagged Irish Breakfast for Christmas but he hasn’t opened it yet, and probably won’t until the Twinings runs out. I’m curious to see how they compare.


Ooh, when you do, please let me know. I think Twinings is stronger, or that’s what I hear. Harney & Sons is one of the companies I would like to try… But I can’t spend any more money until next month!

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