Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tea Review: Irish Breakfast (Barnes & Watson/Perennial Tea Room)

Irish Breakfast
Barnes & Watson/Perennial Tea Room
Type:  Black
Origin:  India and Sri Lanka
Product Description:  It is said that the Irish drink their teas strong and often.  This Classic Irish Breakfast lends itself to both traditions.  Robust and fragrant black tea with a light malty character, this is a perfect cup to greet the day.

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

The dry leaves have a bold aroma of seasoned wood and malt.

The red infusion has a rich aroma of brown sugar, seasoned wood, and plums.  The taste is boldly astringent with malty, woody, and fruity notes and a long dry finish.

The best results are in the first infusion and, though it is very astringent, it is well worth tasting without additional ingredients.  A second infusion resulted in a similarly rich aroma.  While much of the flavor is gone by the second infusion, a small splash of milk brought out much of the original flavor and mellowed the astringency. 




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