Review: KTeas Irish Sunrise

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Its OK"I wouldn't expect this tea to grab hold of you and cause you to forget your other breakfast tea favorites but it's not a bad tasting tea, either. It seems to lack some of the oomph, maltiness and strength that the Indian black tea single sources or blends have set as my breakfast tea standards. "
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kteaslogoIrish Sunrise surprised me with its appearance - very very finely chopped into teeny little uniform pieces. I've seen this cut on teas before but have never sampled one. This tea is also sourced from a "premier" (but unnamed, sadly) tea garden in Kenya, which also makes this a new tea for me. I have tried one other Kenyan tea, an oolong that had many qualities of a black tea in its taste. I was curious to sample this tea for both of these reasons.

The tea has a rich and sweet fragrance resonating with black tea characteristics. It smells lightly malty, sweet, perky and even a little bit like berries. This is definitely a pleasant smelling tea.

I stuck with a very traditional steeping of this tea. I brewed three minutes (punctual) using a teaspoon of tea per eight ounces of freshly boiled water. This treatment yields a dark cup of tea - coppery red and dark in appearance. The tea is very sweetly fragrant in the cup. Less of the sweet fragrance (and other scent qualities I mentioned earlier) is transmitted to taste. In taste, the tea turns out to be quite ordinary in flavor (both my husband and myself spontaneously commented "It tastes like bagged tea" upon taking our first sips). This tea offers a simple, somewhat light and straightforward cup of black tea. It would pair well with toast or other simple breakfast fare. I wouldn't expect this tea to grab hold of you and cause you to forget your other breakfast tea favorites but it's not a bad tasting tea, either. It seems to lack some of the oomph, maltiness and strength that the Indian black tea single sources or blends have set as my breakfast tea standards.

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One Response to “Review: KTeas Irish Sunrise”

  1. Geoff Says:

    The granule-like loose leaf tea consistency is what they call the CTC method; “crush, tear, curl”. The idea behind this was for more steep per surface area. I’m not the biggest fan of it (because I like watching leaves unfurl in hot water), but it does lend a quicker, darker brew.

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