Irish Breakfast Tea 1 Pound Bulk
Irish breakfast tea is a blend of several black teas, most often Assam teas. In Ireland, it is referred to simply as "tea", being the most common variant of tea consumed throughout the day and evening.
Many tea producers make Irish breakfast tea blends specifically for the United States market. Irish brands Lyons, Nambarrie's and Barry's, are heavily weighted toward Assam. Because of its strength, Irish breakfast tea is commonly served with milk, but is also consumed plain or with lemon or sugar. In Ireland, where milk and dairy products are traditionally a major part of the diet, most people drink tea with milk. Irish breakfast tea is often drunk in the morning as a result of its strong flavour and caffeine content, which is higher than green, oolong, or white teas. It is also taken throughout the day and evening due to its smooth and sweet texture.
Generally, the best Irish breakfast tea is in loose leaf form because such teas are taken from the best parts of the tea plant. When brewed, the loose leaves slowly unfold to release flavour. Ideally, the tea should be brewed loosely in a pot which will allow the tea to expand completely in the water. The colour of the tea varies from very dark red to brown. Irish breakfast tea can also be bought in tea bags but with more variation in quality. Generally, such tea should be steeped for 3-5 minutes. A longer period causes a more bitter taste. This tea can be drunk hot or cold.