Irish Breakfast Black Tea is a robust tea flavor that is part of a collection of teas known as breakfast teas. Breakfast teas tend to contain higher amounts of caffeine than other black teas. Traditionally, Irish Breakfast has more caffeine than English Breakfast, but less than the very stout Scottish Breakfast blend. Green tea leaves intended for Irish Breakfast blends are passed through a machine that cut, tear and curl the leaves so that when withered they resemble tiny balls. This formation of tea ferments very quickly and is then fired to seal in the flavor. These little balls of tea release more flavor than whole leaf tea. Our Irish Breakfast is processed in this way with tea leaves grown in India known as Assam and Kenyan tea leaves. The strong Assam component gives the cup a deep, malty flavor and a rich reddish color.
Irish Breakfast Black Tea is excellent served either hot or iced and takes well to sugar, honey and other sweeteners. Because this is an Irish tea blend, the addition of milk is recommended as this is traditionally how the Irish drink their tea.
To prepare Irish Breakfast Black Tea, measure one teaspoon of tea leaves per one cup water. Infuse 3-5 minutes. This tea may also be prepared using the cold-infusion method. Using the same measurements, drop tea infuser into a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Place in refrigerator 8-12 hours (or overnight). Cold-infused tea has higher levels of antioxidants, less tannins and less caffeine. To warm, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.
Due to the inclusion of black tea leaves, Irish Breakfast Black Tea may be infused a second time, although flavor will be lighter, using either traditional infusing methods or cold-infusion.
Store Irish Breakfast Black Tea in a cool, dry place away from bright light.
Ingredients: black tea