Irish Breakfast

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Almond, Burnt, Wood, Earth, Malt, Lemon, Raisins, Tannin
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 13 oz / 374 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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191 Tasting Notes

23 tasting notes

My shrink gave me some of this today, and I bought some at a store near my house after. It has an interesting taste, and makes me feel happy inside. A true tea. The warmer the better!

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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14 tasting notes

OK – all thumbs up for my number one favourite :-) Dry, strong and astringent, the kind of cup you can´t put down. I would recommend taking it without milk or sweeteners of any kind to appreciate its full flavour. The perfect Irish Breakfast blend, with just the needed malty taste.
I horribly miss the bagged version of this tea…the lose variety is almost just as good but I confess I had become an addict to the bagged.
An absolute pleasure…thank you again, Twining´s!

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26 tasting notes

Very bold & yet creamy, Bought this because Ive tried different breakfast teas & loved them, Definitely wasnt disappointed here either.

4 min, 45 sec

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10 tasting notes

A more complex blend than I’m accustomed to; however it is nice if not left to steep for too long.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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1 tasting notes

I’m totally new to tea drinking, but stress migraines have made me rely on other sources of a wake-up drink opposed to coffee. I decided to start with a warm cup of Irish Breakfast. All in all, it was very good. I need a strong tea in the mornings, as I like a good strong cup of coffee, and this tea sufficed. It was a bit spicy and had an aftertaste — a bit bitter? It may have been because I steeped it a tad too long. I only had sugar with me at work, but I can’t wait to try it with a more creamier base by adding a touch of milk. Nothing that knocked my socks off, but then again, I don’t really want my socks knocked off so early in the morning. :)

3 min, 45 sec

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19 tasting notes

I guess this tea deserves a review from me since the quality of it has surprised me. Despite coming from such a huge tea company the taste isn’t all that bad.

I am reviewing the loose leaf Irish Breakfast and not the bagged tea. I have no proof, but It does make sense that Twinings would put a lower grade tea in the tea bags and save slightly better tea for the loose leaf. The people who buy the loose leaf on average will be much more critical when judging.

The tea is primarily CTC with a few flat broken leaves, not very impressive looking. It steeps fast, but is very manageable, I find I get 5 steeps each time.

I’m not great at finding nuances in flavours so I’ll leave that for other reviewers, I’ll just say that it is Irish Breakfast and is quite addictive as it should be.

I should also say that since it is much cheaper than the usual black tea I drink, I am inclined to use a lot more leaf and make it nice and strong.

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6 tasting notes

This is a STRONG, in your face, malty infusion. For me the recommended 3 minute steep at boiling was a bit more than I could handle, so I lowered the temp slightly and halved the time and its excellent! And the second infusion is just as good as the first.
Love, love, love, love, LOVE! Excellent hot in the mornings to get you going, and equally nice iced during the day to keep you moving! This is a staple in my cupboard!

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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18 tasting notes

A good basic Assam by Twinings. Not as strong as Yorkshire or PG Tips, though a bit stronger than their own English Breakfast. A very serviceable black tea which should be taken with milk.

In a pinch if I want a decent black tea I go for this if my PG Tips is out.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Bagged or loose, I do love this tea. I always have. I love this, and also English Breakfast tea, but Irish Breakfast tea is my favourite of those two.

I actually haven’t had loose Irish Breakfast tea in many years — it is usually more flavourful. But the bagged version is still delicious.

Just this morning I had it with milk for the first time, in well, EVER — except I have a vague notion that I likely had tea with milk in it while I lived in England, because that’s a very common thing over there. ;) I’ve also shopped at the original Twinings tea shop in London — that’s a delightful, heavenly smelling place!

I’m now thinking a nice strong cup of Irish breakfast with some milk and sugar is just thing, especially during the chilly winter months. _

I do have some loose English Breakfast tea on order from David’s Tea, so I’m looking forward to trying that with milk and sugar to compare.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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41 tasting notes

Damned good tea. I really have to get more of this stuff. If it was less expensive, I’d replace Tetley with it altogether. I feel that the best blended black teas in the world are comprised of Assam and Ceylon and Twinings does a remarkable job of bringing the two together in spectacular fashion. It’s very dark and powerful so a dash of milk and sugar might take the edge off the bite.

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