Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tea Review: Irish Breakfast (Metropolitan Tea Company)

Irish Breakfast
Metropolitan Tea Company
Type:  Black (CTC)
Origin:  Tanzania, Usambara/India, Assam
Product Description:  Looking for a good strong cuppa? Look no further than Irish Breakfast. The Irish drink more tea per capita than anyone else in the world. This translates into roughly 6 cups a day, or a little over 7 lbs of tea, each year per Irishman. Suffice it to say, they like their tea. And as we hinted at, they like it strong. James Joyce, in his masterpiece Ulysses wrote the following passage, a dialogue between two characters that pretty much sums up the Irish take on the noble beverage.

Temperature: 208° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 3 minutes

The dry leaves have a spicy malty aroma.

The red infusion has a sweet, almost fruity aroma with a mildly astringent malty flavor.

While Irish Breakfast is expected to take milk and sugar well, I found this one quite enjoyable as a self-drinking tea.  

This was tea was provided as part of a workshop.

1 comment:

  1. By far the best Irish Breakfast I've had and I have tried many other brands. Nothing comes close. Harney & Sons is lipton compared to this.