Tea: Irish Breakfast
Reviewer: Alex Zorach
✓ 1274 teas reviewed
✓ 12 of Irish Breakfast
✓ 51 of Harney and Sons
✓ 41 from Assam, India
Review of Irish Breakfast
March 13th, 2017
One of the best Irish Breakfast blends I've tried.
The dry leaf is richly aromatic, smelling sweet, initially surprisingly fruit and then very malty.
Produces a rich, dark cup that is exactly what I'd expect from this type of tea. Strong but balanced. I found this had a slightly more fresh aroma and cooling quality than most Assam, but it also still had the rich depth and warming qualities. Moderately aromatic, the aroma is malty and fruity, with a hint of wintergreen. Fairly tannic, giving it a thick body and astringent finish.
Very solid and great price. I think my title of favorite for this style though still goes to Upton's River Shannon Blend...that had more of the wintergreen notes that I so love, and is in a similar price range.
Can be resteeped, and comes out pretty well, especially if your first steep is 3 minutes or less. I like this better using a little less leaf, actually; it's so strong and I find there is a sweetness that only comes out when brewed a little weaker. Using a full teaspoon of leaf I'd prefer a brief (2 min. or less) first steep.