Review: Culinary Teas Irish Breakfast

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Thumbs up!"The taste was very full bodied. It took milk well and had such a lovely natural sweetness that I only used a bit of sugar, and had several cups with no sugar. It was lightly malty with a floral background. Definitely the best Irish Breakfast blend I've ever had!"
Melanie’s Teaview: 10/10
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Culinary Teas has a wide offering of tea, as well as tea samplers, tea ware and accessories! They have frequent coupon codes and they offer free shipping to Military Personnel. I've tried a variety of teas from Culinary Teas, but this month, I'm thrilled to get a chance to sample some of their black teas.

I love a good green tea, Oolong and White, but until afternoon, my favorite is a black tea. I always start the morning with a pot of black tea and am always looking for good breakfast teas. Later in the morning you'll find me drinking a flavored black tea before I move to the others for the rest of the day.

I drink my black tea as the British do, with milk and a bit of sugar. I like a breakfast tea that stands up well to milk, offers a bold full flavor without being bitter or acidic.

I found a new perfect breakfast tea in Culinary Teas Irish Breakfast! You'll find it under the "Traditional Tea" tab. As I've stated before, I love how much detail Culinary Teas includes in the description. This shorter description sold me on this tea:
A very full bodied cup of tea. The strength and malty flavour of Assams is combined with the brightness and lively flavour of the best Kenya teas. The longer you allow this tea to brew the stronger it becomes. This tea is best enjoyed with milk since the casein in milk renders the tannins in tea insoluble and reduces the characteristic bitterness of strong teas.

Per capita, Irish consumption of tea is amongst the highest in the world. The Irish prefer a full bodied cup of tea that if brewed long enough one could almost stand their spoon upright.

I laughed when I read this! I am Scottish by heritage, but somehow I have an Irish taste for my breakfast tea. I love a good malty Assam, but I love an Assam blend even better! And this tea is exactly how Culinary Teas describes it!

When I opened the package it was darker than a pure Assam. It's a CTC (Cut Torn and Curled) so the leaves are smaller than a single, full leave tea. It smelled good and strong.

I brewed it as normal, with fresh water brought just to boil. I was curious if this tea could really withstand longer brewing. I poured my first cup at 6 min, but left the leaves to steep. As I was using one of my dainty teacups, it only steeped another 2-3 minutes before I was ready for the second cup. The tea had gotten stronger, but had not taken on any bitterness or astringency! For me, this is the best test of the perfect breakfast tea!

The taste was very full bodied. It took milk well and had such a lovely natural sweetness that I only used a bit of sugar, and had several cups with no sugar. It was lightly malty with a floral background. Definitely the best Irish Breakfast blend I've ever had!

I will certainly be adding this tea into my morning routine.

— To purchase Culinary Teas 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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