Tea: Irish Breakfast

An Irish Breakfast from Fortnum & Mason

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Brand:Fortnum & Mason
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:4 View All
Product page:Irish Breakfast

Review of Irish Breakfast

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Having never had Irish Breakfast tea before I was a bit taken aback when I opened the container to not find tea leaves, but little pellets like the low cost tea my brother buys! Having imported it all the way here I was really disappointed until I brewed some and discovered it makes the best milk tea ever.

This is now one of my favorite teas for it’s rich thick flavor that can even stand up to a good dose of milk and sugar.

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Tea Le Matin wrote:
on May 21st, 2020

The only very,very strong teas with wonderful flavor and amazing vigorous morning affects are 'Kaiser' from Mariage Freres and Fortnum and Mason's 'Irish Breakfast'. I lived in Paris so I'd take Tea in the Mariage Freres in the Marais. It is a 'Perfect Thé - le matin' with a slight malty and delightful Assam, Kenyan and Russian 'Aracena' . After you finish your pot, the reaction tends to be.. 'boy am I awake and ready to go,go,go!
But my favorite is Fortnum and Mason's Irish Breakfast',
the strongest tea among the selections. This tea paired with clotted cream with scones and a yogurt parfait, is my idea of a perfect breakfast. Attention.! Use sachets and make haste of the time as Irish can turn bitter quite quickly. You are ready for a pleasant morning until you are ready for your 'Afternoon Tea' with luncheon. Love the ritual of making perfect tea in the morning and anytime of the day.

Argentin wrote:
on May 21st, 2020

I will have to try ‘Kaiser’ if I ever get a chance. You’re making me crave scones and clotted cream. It’s been over a year since I had some!

I make my tea in the evening mostly since I work slightly late at night and get home wanting something to relax with.

Tea Le Matin wrote:
on May 23rd, 2020

Argentine! If you like to drink tea in the evening to relax you, I suggest you try Mariage & Frere's 'Grand Caravan'. It is a 'thé noir' (for the evening) and the lovely, light aroma with very little caffeine is a light mix of complex woody and vanilla flavor. 'Russian Caravan' from F&M is one of my all time favorite late afternoon teas. I worked at 'All My Children' as a Casting Director and the 'Russian Caravan' was perfect. A light, fragrant taste of birchwood,light sweet spice. Black tea at its finest. It gave/gives me a short time of relaxing vigor if that is possible...and then total relaxation. I have been drinking it since 1999 at about 4-5PM .I fear if you have 'Kaiser ' or 'Irish', you will be doing pushups at 2AM and cursing me! They are only for the morning until about 1:00 - 2:00. Scones? We hage the best little shop but then,,,,,I don't buy anything these days except essentials at the supermarket. :)

Argentin wrote:
on May 23rd, 2020

Haha! Don’t worry about my caffeine intake, it has never affected me a single bit. I can probably drink three cups of ‘Irish’ an hour before bed and still sleep like a baby. But I will most definitely try ‘Grand Caravan’ in the future. All of those sound so amazing, sadly, I live in the US so it will be awhile before I can afford to order Mariage & Frere’s due to the shipping costs. Are there any other tea brands or specific types you would recommend? I love teas with floral flavors a lot too.

Before the shutdown there was only one place close enough to visit that made traditional scones and it was still an hour away. After this who knows.

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