Barnes & Watson/Perennial Tea Room
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.