Irish Breakfast

Tea type
Black Tea
Ingredients
Assam Black Tea, Black Tea
Flavors
Bitter, Licorice, Perfume, Wet Wood, Fruity, Honey, Nutty, Astringent, Wood, Earth, Malt, Oak, Cream, Smooth, Sweet
Sold in
Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Kosher
Edit tea info Last updated by DAVIDsTEA
Average preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 13 oz / 387 ml

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  • “Decided to go out of order for this one since I’m behind anyway and Irish Breakfast seemed like it should be, well, breakfast tea (or at least early in the day). I think what I’m learning through...” Read full tasting note
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  • “2021 Sipdown 30/365! (DavidsTea 80) In contrast to Mocha Orange Biscotti, this was not as good as I remembered. In fact, it was downright boring. It’s coming on 6 years old, maybe that’s part of...” Read full tasting note
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  • “ Day 10 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea! Glad to be starting my day with a hearty plain black tea! This one has a prominent astringency and bold flavour. There’s plenty of malty notes from the...” Read full tasting note
  • “I was not at all fond of this tea. it is terribly bitter and has a weird licorice note to it with an over-current of woodchips and dirt. I love the way it smells, and I enjoyed the smoothness of it...” Read full tasting note
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Ireland is one of the biggest tea drinking countries around. And trust us, they know their stuff. Traditionally, they go for strong black tea, often simmered on the stove all day long. And this rich, full bodied black tea is no exception. A blend of teas from Assam and Sri Lanka, it brews up nutty, fruity and bold, with hints of wild dark honey – and a robust taste that can stand up to a bit of milk and sugar. If there’s a better way to start the day, we don’t wanna know about it.

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DavidsTea is a Canadian specialty tea and tea accessory retailer based in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest Canadian-based specialty tea boutique in the country, with its first store having opened in 2008.

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Decided to go out of order for this one since I’m behind anyway and Irish Breakfast seemed like it should be, well, breakfast tea (or at least early in the day).

I think what I’m learning through this advent is that I am more a fan of straight green teas than straight black, and perhaps that’s related to my inability to discern much going on in a straight black tea. This tea is fine – smooth, dark, bitter. It went well with the toast & jam I had for breakfast, so no complaints there. I just wouldn’t pick it on my own.

DAVIDsTEA Around the World Advent, Day 15

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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2021 Sipdown 30/365!
(DavidsTea 80)

In contrast to Mocha Orange Biscotti, this was not as good as I remembered. In fact, it was downright boring. It’s coming on 6 years old, maybe that’s part of it, but I think I also always confuse a delicious irish cream tea for irish breakfast, which is, unfortunately, just a blend of straight teas.

Not sad this is gone. Would try again, though (but not in 50g size, so this will probably never happen).

ETA: Got some raisiny notes when I finished off my mug of this. Nice enough to bump up the rating 5 points, but not nice enough for much else.

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Day 10 of my DIY 24 Days of DAVIDsTea!

Glad to be starting my day with a hearty plain black tea! This one has a prominent astringency and bold flavour. There’s plenty of malty notes from the Assam combined with a brisk, slight fruitiness from the Ceylon. I made it about halfway before I gave in to my urge to add milk, which helped to make this cuppa more smooth tasting and palatable to my taste buds.

A decent breakfast blend overall.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I was not at all fond of this tea. it is terribly bitter and has a weird licorice note to it with an over-current of woodchips and dirt. I love the way it smells, and I enjoyed the smoothness of it in my mouth, but the flavour is like someone slamming their hands on a piano which is odd, because its just a simple tea blend its not a complicated herbal or anything. The aftertaste was like spraying a bit of cologne into your mouth.
I was brave and tried it once again with a bit of cream and I personally thought it tasted a little bit better this way, but not redemptive-ly so.

It smells amazing, but personally this tea is not one I would choose for myself!

Flavors: Bitter, Licorice, Perfume, Wet Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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DAVID’s Tea Advent Calendar Day 14:

I opened the door to Day 14 last night around 9 pm, saw that it was a breakfast and decided to put it off until today. I brewed up a cup on my morning break. I don’t know why I am surprised by how good this is. Some breakfast teas, especially Irish breakfast teas, tend to get so heavy that they turn bitter pretty easily. This one brewed up smooth and hearty. No complaints here. I’m not rushing out to stock up on this, but I will gladly drink it again.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Sadly, this is just not my cup of tea. Starts off tasting a bit like Orange Pekoe, which I don’t mind, and then follows a horrible end taste that I can’t quite put my finger on…maybe the malt? I would like to know so that I can avoid it and never ever subject myself to it again.

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This is currently my favorite tea from the “24 Days of Tea” advent calendar. It was excellently blended and smooth tasting with the perfect bit of sweetness… The slight honey flavor pushed it over the top for me. If you like stronger black tea blends with some sweetness, I highly recommend this one. I am definitely going to make this a staple in my pantry when David’s restocks it!

Flavors: Fruity, Honey, Nutty

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Advent calendar day 14/24

As much as I’ve become a much bigger fan of straight black teas over the last year (really ever since I had Nepal Black in last year’s advent calendar), I still don’t really go for “breakfast” teas, mostly as I don’t find them all that special.

This is not changing my mind on that. This is very woody and drying and I’m not getting much else out of it. Even at a fairly short steep time of 2 minutes I’m finding it more astringent than I personally want. I could see it appealing to someone more into intense red wines or something similar. It’s honestly not a bad tea, it’s just not my thing.

Flavors: Astringent, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Mookit

I would suggest you try more Assam teas. I’ve recently taken a liking to Hathikuli Assam by Teaguy, and its one of the most smooth pure black teas I’ve tried. No astringency, full body, and wonderful deep coco notes!

Fay

I’m definitely open to it. Unfortunately I live in Halifax so there’s not many tea stores to try from and shipping is usually so expensive if you order online (and I shouldn’t start ordering a bunch of tea just to get free shipping) :‘( Once I’ve drank down more of what I currently have I’ll branch out a bit.

Fay

Thanks for the suggestion though! I’ll keep it in mind!

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Day 14 of the 2016 advent calendar! To be honest, I never really got into ‘breakfast’ teas. I guess I must have just found them boring compared to what else what offered. And I don’t know how else to describe this tea other than that it smells like black tea? I mean, that’s… all that it is so I shouldn’t be surprised.

Steeped, it is a bit concerning. There are… a lot of bits that escaped by perfect mug’s steeper basket. I imagine that using the steeper might have prevented it, but the fact that it still escapes the infusers is not really good. Besides that, it actually tastes a lot better than I was expected. I find it mellow, smooth and a bit sweet.

Overall, this is a pretty decent straight tea. I like it enough that I might even start incorporating it into my own breakfast routine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Adventaggedon Day Fifteen – 1/6

Short tasting notes today, since I’ve just gotten home from supper out with some coworkers maybe twenty minutes ago – and I don’t wanna be up all night writing.

I got up early this morning so I got to enjoy several advent teas before commuting, and this was one I prioritized since it’s been ages since I actually had a proper breakfast tea during breakfast. Of the different “twists” on breakfast blends that DT carries, this is my favourite. It’s robust, malty and just a little sweet. Makes for such an excellently powerful tea to start the morning with.

Today’s Advent Photos: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmNGE2juu53/

Song Pairing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy3AcmW0lrQ

Friendly reminder that I do not numerically rate DAVIDsTEA blends as I’m currently employed there and it would be an obvious conflict of interest. Any blends you see with numerical ratings were rated prior to my employment there. These reviews are a reflection of my personal thoughts and feelings regarding the teas, and not the company’s.

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