|"This brews far too weak a cup to be properly called Irish Breakfast... not an unpleasant drink, but certainly not a repurchase for me."|
To my mind, Irish Breakfast tea should be like an espresso – dark, bold and full-bodied. It should have about as much tea-flavor as you can get, all jammed in together to form an earthy and energizing brew.
Adagio’s Irish Breakfast isn’t bad, but it just doesn’t meet my criteria. For starters, its a fairly weak blend. On my first cup I could barely taste the tea at all, so I brewed another with twice the amount of leaves I usually use. The second cup was a bit better but still left much to be desired. The basic essence of the stuff is there, but its just not pronounced enough, and there’s also a slightly woody/papery/pulpy aftertaste which further detracts from the experience. Not to mention the fact that you shouldn’t have to use two heaping tablespoons of tea leaves just to make a decent cuppa!
As Adagio’s tea-rating system goes, this blend seems to be fairly popular – search me, I can’t explain it. They describe it thusly:
“Our new combination of black teas from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Assam (India). As its name implies, Irish Breakfast tea is an ideal accompaniment to a morning meal. It smoothly blends the high notes of a high-grown Ceylon with the malty underscore of a hearty Assam. May be enjoyed plain or with a drop of milk. One of our most popular teas. The perfect afternoon tea.”
Hmmm…. “ideal accompaniment to a morning meal… [and] the perfect afternoon tea?” All I can say is: Meh.
Not a terrible blend, to be fair, but definitely not a repurchase for me.
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