Irish Breakfast

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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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190 Tasting Notes

3 tasting notes

One of my go-to teas when I need a pick-me -up.
I like the strong flavor and it doesn’t get bitter too quickly when steeped.
I prefer buying it in bags though, I had a bad experience with their loose leaf version.

2 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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2 tasting notes

Just tried this for the first time tonight. Would not recommend drinking this later in the day, it’s a breakfast tea for a reason and I learned that the hard way lol. Anyways back to the tea, coming from drinking coffee this teas strength was very nice. Very robust flavor coming from the Assam leaves. All in all this is a great breakfast tea for early mornings and a pleasant wake me up

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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54 tasting notes

Was okay. Picked this up during a trip overseas. I think I prefer Irish Breakfast from other suppliers, though.

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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2 tasting notes

Pretty good tea. I added a little milk and honey. Was enjoyable

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64 tasting notes

Still just a smidge under the weather, so just a mug of cheap tea to comfort me. This is one of the only bagged teas I even consider at the grocery store. Pretty standard and hard to muck up when steeping.


aww man…. i was looking for that the other day at a Canadian/polish grocery store called “Starskys”. i could not find this exact tea so i had to substitute it with an “HYLEYS Scottish Red Pekoe” :(

glad you liked it though :) what was the flavor and aroma?


Just the average typical bagged black tea aroma, and fairly malty in flavor. It’s just a decent bagged black tea, overall.

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6 tasting notes

I love this tea! For the most part I’ll drink Twinings Earl Grey loose leaf at home, and when I go to work I’ll transition to bagged Irish Breakfast. For what it’s worth, I think that this tea (with a little bit of milk and sugar) is the best part of my work day! The flavor is strong without being overpowering. As many other have already said, it does definitely have a malty taste and the assam is well balanced. It’s my “at-work-go-to”!

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193 tasting notes

This tea is pure malt. No subtlety, no delicacy, just deep strong malty liquor. And that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s not a tea I choose to drink on its own, but it’s one of my go-to teas for accompanying meals when the subtleties of other teas would be lost. This tea gets bitter quickly, I assume this has something to do with the teeny CTC leaves, so any more than a 3 minute steep is undrinkable for me. There are certainly far better Irish Breakfasts out there, but this is one that I can find (even loose) in just about every grocery store around these parts. And for the price it’s darn good.

Loose version.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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28 tasting notes

You could do a lot worse buying tea at WalMart. Get the Twinings Classics Black Tea Variety pack, its great.
This smells like a ‘proper’ black tea to me. Very warm, inviting scent. Some malt to it, I also smelled some raisins and lemon citrus undertones. Could be just me. :S Wonderful nonetheless.
Has some bitterness, or perhaps I just steeped it longer than I should have. I enjoy a little bitterness, but I imagine others may want to put some milk in. Sugar wouldn’t be necessary. Drink it while its still hot to enjoy it. I swear those raisins are in there.
I wouldn’t say its a relaxing tea, but who would expect “Irish Breakfast” to calm you down. Its a pleasant pick me up though, and I thoroughly enjoy it. It serves its purpose as a black tea, and serves it well.

Flavors: Lemon, Malt, Raisins

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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307 tasting notes

I wanted a green mug for this tea, and that meant I had to go ginormous. So that may have thinned out the taste a bit, but oh well. It’s worth it.

The tea mainly tastes tea-y on its own, perhaps with a touch of liquorice. Adding milk and sweetening is suggested, so I’ve put milk and honey in after my primary tasting. It seems to be working with the taste of the honey — complementing it. Very smooth and harmonious. Nothing too stand-out, but decent, good, and friendly.

Would I have this again as a morning cuppa? You betcha.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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9 tasting notes

Maybe I just didn’t get it right this time around, but I found it to be /way/ too bitter for me. I sweetened it with honey; I think I underestimated the irish. Will use sugar, next time, though maybe I’ll keep the steep time the same.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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