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August 18, 2012 Comments Views: 505 Food & Drinks, Girly

Tea Review: Irish Breakfast Blend

Official Description:

Irish Breakfast

A combination of hearty black teas from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Assam (India) to get your morning off to a bright start. As its name implies, Irish Breakfast tea is an ideal accompaniment to a morning meal. It seamlessly blends the citrusy notes of a high-grown Ceylon with the malty underscore of a pungent Assam. Spicy and jammy aroma on the leaf, malty and deep flavor with a brisk and ‘buzzy’ mouthfeel. Rounded sweetness in the finish. May be enjoyed plain or with a drop of milk. Irish Breakfast is one of Adagio’s most popular teas.

BLENDED WITH CEYLON SONATA TEA AND ASSAM MELODY TEA

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My Review

The Ceylon Sonata proves the strongest notes upon first exposure, though the Assam Melody is inextricably woven in, a bold one-two punch of black tea. Quite a bit of headiness remains in the scent even after steeping, but it is a nice, strong, wake-me-up kind of thing. Likely my own predilections, but the most immediate thought upon breathing in the aroma was, “I bet this would be awesome with milk.”

As with other Irish Breakfast blends I have tried, the flavor is quite robust when taken black. As I have mentioned before, I am a fan of hefty black teas, and this Irish Breakfast blend absolutely fits the bill. The heartiness of this tea really does bring to mind the urge to add milk and a little sugar, I don’t know why. The blend is smooth, though this is an old bag that had been opened ages ago so it is very possible that the potency might be reduced a bit, but still enjoyable, nonetheless. However, there isn’t really anything that stands out to me about this blend; while I would enjoy it at any given time or inclination, I imagine I would rather go for the English Breakfast or Afternoon blends first. Still, it is an excellent cup and my opinion may improve when I next try it with milk and sugar (I am most likely going to do that this evening, actually. Or….maybe tomorrow….)

I gave this 4 out of 5 stars, because I really wouldn’t say no to a cup if you offered it to me.You can purchase it here.

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