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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

About Irish Breakfast

Loose-leaf black tea with mostly black and dark-brown colors, a few greenish-olive leavesLoose-Leaf Organic Irish Breakfast Black Tea from Wegmans, Photo © Alex Zorach, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Irish Breakfast is a style of breakfast black tea. The term "Irish Breakfast" is used primarily outside of Ireland; in Ireland this style is referred to just as "tea".

Like other breakfast teas, it is often a blend, and is defined more by its character than by the particular styles and regions of origin of tea used to produce the blend. However, Irish Breakfast tends to include Assam black tea in greater proportions, giving the blend a stronger flavor, and a rich, malty character. Some Irish breakfasts are made only out of Assam. Mechanically processed CTC (Crush-Tear-Curl) teas are commonly used in this blend, as they infuse quickly and result in a bold flavor.

Irish Breakfast is similar to English Breakfast, but tends to be significantly stronger tasting. The tea is widely described with the Irish saying that tea should be "strong enough for a mouse to trot on".[1] Irish Breakfast is also similar to Ostfriesen tea, a strong black tea blend originating in Germany, which also usually features Assam tea prominently.

References:

1. Amy Hackney Blackwell, Ryan Hackney, The Everything Irish History & Heritage Book, Everything Books, 2004.

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Original Blend from Lyons

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend
Oct. 17th, 2019

I'm on a quest to try all the Irish teas, and Lyon's was on the list. I hear there is a rivalry of sorts between Lyon's and Barry's and I can see why. Both are quite good and I would be happy to drink either.

Lyon's is similar to Barry's Gold blend, and I found it to be a tad smoother, and Barry's to be a little bri...

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80 / 100

Barry's Irish Breakfast from Barry's Tea

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: ?????
Oct. 17th, 2019

It's been a while since I've had tea from Barry's. I've had the Gold Blend in the past and I really liked it so I figured I would try the Irish Breakfast. On the front on the box it says it's their "lightest and most refreshing blend," but I don't agree with that haha!

It brews up a nice dark color with some slight...

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90 / 100
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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend
Mar. 19th, 2019

Nice mild brew that reminds me of the breakfast tea on the train between Edinburgh and London

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70 / 100
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This is called an Irish breakfast, but for my tastebuds it seemed closer to an English breakfast or even a mainstream prebagged tea. It is pretty versatile and mellow. It goes best with milk but can take lemon or be used for masala also. Good.

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75 / 100
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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend
Aug. 19th, 2018

I haven’t tried a lot of Irish breakfast teas, but I like this one. It has a very smooth quality. It’s caffeine isn’t actually too intense, and it doesn’t turn bitter easily the way some black teas can. This is a solid breakfast tea, I think. :-)

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Brand:Twinings
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
38
23 Ratings
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Irish Breakfast

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
45
9 Ratings
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Irish Breakfast

Brand:Trader Joe's
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Assam, India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
31
4 Ratings
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Irish Breakfast

Brand:Bewley's Coffee and Tea Company
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
59
4 Ratings
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Irish Breakfast

Brand:Red Rose Tea
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
60
3 Ratings

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Irish Breakfast Black Tea

Brand:Boston Tea Company
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
89
3 Ratings
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River Shannon Breakfast Blend

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
89
3 Ratings
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Organic Irish Breakfast Black Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:India
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
77
3 Ratings
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Irish Breakfast

Brand:Fortnum & Mason
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
71
3 Ratings
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Irish Breakfast

Brand:Red Rose Tea
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
60
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