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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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Irish Breakfast from Frontier

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: India
Mar. 21st, 2021

This tea was spot-on in terms of style for Irish Breakfast, and one of the better examples of it at that.

The leaf is broken but the pieces of leaf are still recognizable as such, especially after steeping. The dry leaf has a pleasant aroma that suggests a strong, fresh tea. It infuses fairly quickly to produce a po...

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78 / 100
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Irish Breakfast from Adagio Teas

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend
Dec. 26th, 2020

Prep: 8oz, sample packet, 212F, 5min

This is my first Irish breakfast tea (at least by the specific tea). This was a free sample in my most recent adagio box.

Aroma: I’ve had a few black teas from Adagio that were quite aggressive in their aromas. This is much more subtle; however, it’s very inviting. Remi...

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66 / 100
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O’Sullivan’s Favourite from TeaGschwendner

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend
Oct. 25th, 2020

Half-litre pot at home, made from very fine black tea leaves - the description on the label tea company's website mentions CTC from the best high plains of Africa - so tiny it looks nearly like granulate. Pours somewhat hazy dark copper brown with an orange taint (against white china) and no discernible sediment. Clear...

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90 / 100
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Irish Breakfast from Fortnum & Mason

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: Blend
Mar. 12th, 2020

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 i...

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85 / 100
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A blend of Assam teas that turns out to be smooth and flavorful, and offered at an excellent price by Upton. It has been one of their top sellers, for a long time, and it is not hard to see why. This does not have the rough edges or iron notes that some breakfast teas have. It is earthy, nutty, and not a challenge t...

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Brand:Twinings
Style:Irish Breakfast
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Caffeine:Caffeinated
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Irish Breakfast

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

Brand:Fortnum & Mason
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Irish Breakfast Black Tea

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

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

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

Brand:Red Rose Tea
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
60
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Brand:Bewley's Coffee and Tea Company
Style:Irish Breakfast
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
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