The Mysteries of Tea ~ Irish Breakfast

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:: Tea of the Week ::

Irish Breakfast

Irish Breakfast, much like English Breakfast, is a hearty blend of black teas from Sri Lanka and India. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a savory morning meal, or a high tea in the afternoon.

On St. Patrick’s day I made a pot of Irish Breakfast tea to serve with this GUINNESS CAKE. It turned out so good, and it was so easy to make!

“James Joyce, a gourmand as well as a prolific writer, began Ulysses with not one, but two Irish Breakfasts. His protagonist, Leopold Bloom, recounted every meal consumed on what is now known as Bloomsday. The meal, also known as Fry, is typically served all day long, and consists primarily of porridge, bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, eggs and tea. The latter was required equally strong, as it was customary to dilute it with milk. The teas of Ceylon and Assam were judged equal to the task. However, the proportion of each varies greatly from blend to blend.” ~From the Adagio Tea website

Appearance– Dark brown-amber liquor

Characteristics– Citrusy, malty and sweet. Jammy, fruity aroma. The flavors can be mellowed with a little milk.

:: Tea Fact ::

The Irish drink more tea than any other nation in the world.


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  7 comments for “The Mysteries of Tea ~ Irish Breakfast

  1. March 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    thanks for the notes on characteristics. very interesting the irish drink the most!

  2. Melissa
    March 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    It’s a little more bold than traditional English breakfast…somewhere closer to a Keemun.

  3. March 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    what’s a keemun?

  4. Melissa
    March 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    it’s just about the strongest, blackest tea you can get 😉 Here’s a link…

  5. Kimber Dunn
    March 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Irish is one of my favorites so far!! But my question is if it’s from Sri Lanka and India, why then is it called Irish?? hmmmmmmmm 😉

  6. Melissa
    March 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    LOL. Well, it would be difficult to grow tea in Ireland! 🙂

    Teas are typically grown in places with the perfect temperatures and moisture to produce tea. China, Georgia (not the state in the US, but the one by Russia, LOL…) India, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. There are other tea-producing countries, but the ones listed above are the big ones. Actually, there is some tea that is grown in the US…in Charleston South Carolina.

  7. Melissa
    March 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    oh, and it’s called Irish Breakfast because this tends to be a blend of black teas most preferred in Ireland…same with English Breakfast tea, and Indian Breakfast 🙂 Hope that answers your question.

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