Review: BourgeaTEA Irish Breakfast

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Thumbs up!"The tea was very robust, but kept in check nicely with a hefty amount of malt and a very light zing of citrus."
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bourgeteairishbreakfastChris Bourgea founded BourgeaTEA in 2008 as a way to introduce students at his university to tea.  As with many tea drinkers, Chris found that the local coffeehouse was usually the only place where tea was offered and he made it his goal to introduce friends and students to a higher quality of loose-leaf tea.  He made the bags himself, gradually selling his wares to surrounding cafes and a growing online market.  After reading up on the founding of BourgeaTEA, it made me think back to my undergraduate days.  At the school I attended it really was difficult to find a good cup of tea and it would have been nice to have a tea enthusiast like this around my campus!

BourgeaTEA’s Irish Breakfast is a combination of Assam and Ceylon tea.  The leaves were small, black, and wiry with a few golden tips sprinkled in.  The scent was slightly malty, with faint citrus notes.  Brewing recommendations were not found on the website, so I used my standard slightly heaped teaspoon in boiling water with a three-minute steep.  The resulting amber liquid carried a much heavier malty scent than the dry leaves.

I tried my first few sips without any additions and I was surprised by the strength of this blend.  The tea was very robust, but kept in check nicely with a hefty amount of malt and a very light zing of citrus.  Even with these bold flavors, the tea did not come close to being overpowering or too astringent.  I was quite happy with the balance.  For my second cup, I decided to add a little cream.  Happily, the tea handled the addition in stride and the cup was just as enjoyable as before.  I really liked this Irish Breakfast blend and would recommend it to any fan of breakfast tea.  It was a wonderful way to start my morning.

— To purchase BourgeaTEA Irish Breakfast, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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