This page is for the caffeinated version. See also Irish Breakfast Decaffeinated.
The Irish really love their tea and are amongst the most frequent drinkers of tea around the world. In celebration of this tea drinking tradition, Twinings blended a special Irish Breakfast Blend. This tea is best taken with milk and sweetened to taste to bring out the best flavor.
Ratings & Reviews
Page 1 2 of 2 pages with 20 reviewsDry, this tea has very little aroma. After adding water, the initial aroma is of oak leaves. It smells nice without being particularly complex.
The tea is very astringent and moderately bitter. It's less malty than I would like, so the tea tastes unbalanced. The maltiness mostly appears in the finish, which lingers on the tongue for a few seconds before giving way once again to the astringency.
Twinings' marketing copy focuses on the boldness of this tea, but the blending seems to emphasize its tannic nature while pushing other flavors to the background. It's true that this tea is less bitter than many other breakfast style teas, but it's at the expense of the malty richness that the style is known for.
A full flavor breakfast tea to wake you up in the morning. Best flavor if steeped long enough, the black tea flavor really shines through but much stronger then English Breakfast. Even when added to milk the taste dosent suffer.
This is one of my favorite teas by Twinings, although it is not my favorite Irish breakfast blend. Its worst problem is that it tends to be overpriced.
I have no issues with this STRONG black tea - that stands up well to sweetener and/or milk (I never put milk nor cream in tea but if you do this is a good one). Traditional and smooth-tasting and brews up DARK in seconds. You can easily get 2-3 infusions from a bag. Inexpensive and available at supermarkets. Not a holy grail - but a solid, caffeinated "Breakfast-style" tea that will wake you right up!
Can't say I know this tea all that well, but I have good memories of it each time I drink it. It's not a great tea, but it is a best option at many cafés and kioskes in Paris.
Served with whole milk it can be quite pleasant. It's a smooth tea wich has a suprisingly low bitterness. To my memory it is slightly astringent as well. It has a subtle and calming aroma, which makes it very suitable for the early morning.
I should note off the bat that I actually brewed this from a K-cup. I'm not sure that would have any effect on the end product beyond decreasing the steeping time, though--and since I steep my teabags until I'm done with the tea, I assume this experience was closer to that of the average person than my own standard experience.
I feel somewhat obligate to give this a low score for aroma because I couldn't smell much of anything from it. This was a decent black tea, strong but absent the soaplike taste I detect from some black teas no matter how much I limit the steeping time. It provides the sort of caffeine jolt I want in the morning, and it tastes quite good with the addition of milk.
E. Alex Gerster (66 reviews) on Sep. 15th, 2014
pretty bland in terms of aroma and taste (is that synonymous with Irish?), but good for a change once in a while.
Brytta Sóþword (287 reviews) on Feb. 23rd, 2014
I was surprised it was it did not have more aroma, but it was very pleasant for such a low cost tea . Overall, I liked this tea. I am a new tea drinker.
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