Irish Breakfast tea is a black tea from Assam India and Dimbulla Ceylon, but how did it get called Irish Breakfast tea if it is really a blend from India and Sri Lanka? According to the History of Irish tea on arborteas.com "The history of tea in Ireland is similar to that of England (another well known tea drinking country). It was initially introduced to the upper class in the early 1800s and later spread to the rural and lower class in the mid 1800s. The tea that was available to the average Irish citizen was usually of poor quality and brewed strong, therefore it was consumed with plenty of milk. This tradition of brewing strong tea and adding milk is still prevalent today. We at Arbor Teas describe our Irish Breakfast blend as “so strong you could stand your spoon up in it,” and that is no joke. "
Strong tea has long been the preferred in Ireland and is usually served with milk and sugar. I however prefer what the Irish would likely call "Dishwater Tea" I like my Irish Breakfast tea, black and on the weaker side. Depending on the blend I use I may under steep the tea slightly or use less of the leaves in my pot. I do love the dark caramel color as well as the malty & spicy flavor of Irish Breakfast tea, but I don't like to "stand my spoons up in it".
The Davids Irish Breakfast Tea is a lovely blend, not as malty as I have enjoyed in other teas but this one does have a hint of honey flavor and a lovely spicy taste that lends its self very well to my raisin scones.
Davids tea is a loose leaf tea chain here in Canada that is found in almost every mall. Where I live and easy for me to pop in and try so many of their wonderful blends. You can also find them on line in the USA by clicking here.
Wishing you a very Happy St. Patrick's Day tea on what would have been my parents 42 wedding anniversary.
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