Review: Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea.

Twinings Irish Breakfast tea. Photo: Elizabeth Urbach

Irish Breakfast tea is one of the popular tea blends that are easy to find in the San Jose area.  Irish Breakfast blends are composed of black tea from various growing areas, but they usually contain a good amount of Assam tea because of its robust, malty flavor that goes well with milk, which is how it is traditionally enjoyed in Ireland Twinings of London, a long-standing tea company, is the main source of Irish Breakfast tea in San Jose-area grocery stores, mostly in tea bags.  I found Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea at Safeway grocery store in Milpitas.

Irish Breakfast Tea is in Twinings’ “Classics” line, described as “traditional style black teas”, and Twinings describes their Irish Breakfast Tea as “Fine black tea expertly blended to deliver a full-bodied tea with a robust taste and hearty aroma.”  Brewing instructions read “Hot tea: Pour freshly boiled water over tea bag and allow to brew for 2 – 5 minutes depending on desired strength.  Enjoy sweetened or plain, with or without milk—the choice is yours.  Refreshing iced tea: To make 1 Quart of Iced Tea, use 4 tea bags and brew as suggested above using 4 cups of water.  Allow to cool, then serve over ice.”

I brewed my cup of Irish Breakfast for the full 5 minutes and thought that it started to become just a tad too strong for my tastes.  From now on I will let it steep 3 to 4 minutes.  I found Twinings Irish Breakfast to be a comforting, hearty cup of tea, flavorful even without milk and sugar.  A straightforward flavor with malty-ness and a little citrus-like astringency, this tea also has a good amount of caffeine, which is definitely helpful in the morning.  While expert tea tasters might think this tea simple in flavor, I enjoyed it and will drink it the way I enjoy other British-style teas: with milk and sugar.

To contact the company:
Twinings North America, Inc.
777 Passaic Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07012

Copyright 2011, Elizabeth Urbach.

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For more information: Twinings North America, Inc. website
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