River Shannon Breakfast Blend

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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Irish Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Blend
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:River Shannon Breakfast Blend

This tea's info last updated: Nov. 3, 2017

Commercial Description

A blend of Tippy GFBOP Assam teas for strength, plus a distinctive, bright Ceylon tea for briskness.This Orthodox Process Irish Breakfast style tea is very flavorful. Reformulated with bolder and more uniform teas to produce a cleaner cup.

Brewing Instructions: (from Upton Tea Imports)

Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212º (boiling)
Steep Time: 3-4 min.

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Reviewer pic70 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
(62 reviews) on

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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Reviewer pic88 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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A classic, yet exemplary Irish Breakfast tea: true to the style, but also top-quality. My favorite Irish Breakfast tea yet.

Dry leaf is dark and smell pleasant, fruity (like dried fruit), malty, and slightly spicy.

The brewed cup is strong and smells surprisingly much of wintergreen, which I love. There are also strong fruity and malty aromas, like the leaf suggests. Flavor is bold but not too bitter. Very rich and full-bodied, moderately astringent but I find the astringency is very pleasant. Warming, but also with a hint of a cool, fresh sensation in the finish.

This tea can be brewed more strongly than recommended. Upton recommends 3-4 minutes, which produces a pleasant cup, but if you are really going for the Irish Breakfast feel, you might enjoy a single, very long steeping (8-12 minutes). This tea does get bitter, but not overwhelmingly so, and I found the cup very enjoyable when brewed super strong in this way.

Brewed normally, it easily makes two cups, using a 3 minute steep followed by a single, very long (8-15 min) steep.

I found this tea really enjoyable to drink and I can see drinking it every day. The price is excellent too. This tea competes with teas in a much higher price range, and it's certainly on the more reasonable side for Irish Breakfast blends, yet like I said before, I think it's the best example of one I've ever tried.
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Reviewer pic97 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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Best Irish breakfast style tea I've ever had. Utterly delicious.
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