Looking for a strong cup? Look no further than Irish Breakfast. The Irish drink more tea per capita than anyone else in the world. This translate into roughly 6 cups a day, or a little over 7 pounds of tea, each year per Irishman. Suffice it to say, they like their tea. 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:
"But, I say, Mulligan, you do make strong tea, don't you? Buck Mulligan, hewing thick slices from the loaf, said in an old woman's wheedling voice: 'When I makes tea, I makes tea.'"
Maybe it's the cold damp weather, who knows, but as Joyce illustrates, the Irish know what to do with a teapot. The traditional Irish brew relies heavily on full-bodied, very malty teas from Assam in North Eastern India. The tea is brewed nice and hot and almost always blended with a little milk and sugar. The infusion is thick, rich and frequently compared to that of Irish Stout, which, if you're familiar, is one of the thickest, darkest beers on the market.
We're pleased to offer this fantastic organic version of the pride of Ireland. A heady blend of some of the world's finest organic black teas, the cup is malty and profound, tending bright malt. Organic Irish Breakfast makes the perfect companion to an Irish breakfast fry-up, or quiet moment reading some Joyce. The next time you decide to really 'makes tea', this is the one to makes!
Brew this to bring a little luck o' the Irish to your own home!
Base Leaf: Black tea from Assam India, and Kenya
Health properties: Immune system booster, improves and enhances blood circulation, relieves tension, soothes nerves, strengthens teeth and fights cavities.
Flavor strength: Strong
I received a sample of Irish Breakfast with a recent order and it is now one of my favorites. Full of flavor, not too strong. No bite, just a nice full bodied tea. I drink it straight up - no milk or sugar. I dream of the old country when I'm sipping this brew in the early morning.
The samples we enclose in each online order or when a customer comes into our shop have received rave reviews recently. We try very hard to select the samples that might best please the customer. Thanks for letting us know that we picked a good one for you!