Irish Breakfast Black Tea

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Irish Breakfast Black Tea
robust Assam component gives this cup a deep, malty flavor

Irish Breakfast Black Tea
is an energizing blend that will kick start your day in the most pleasant way. The deep flavor of this cup stands up well to the addition of milk and sugar.

Irish Breakfast Black Tea is a robust tea flavor part of a collection of teas known as breakfast teas. Traditionally, breakfast teas were intended to accompany a hearty, rich morning meal and to give a boost to the start of one’s day. Teas classified as breakfast teas have higher caffeine levels than most other black teas. Our Irish Breakfast blend has more caffeine than our English Breakfast blend.

Green tea leaves (leaves of the Camillia sinensis bush before processing, not to be confused with the type of tea classified after processing as green tea) 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 specific formation of tea ferments very quickly and when immediately fired, seals in its unique taste. These little balls release more flavor and caffeine than whole leaf tea. Our Irish Breakfast is processed in this manner with tea leaves grown in India known as Assam and Kenyan. The strong Assam component gives this cup a deep, malty flavor and a rich reddish color.

The overall cup of our Irish Breakfast Black Tea is quite bold and robust, rich and complex.

As a black breakfast tea, Irish Breakfast contains very high levels of caffeine.

As with all quality black teas, like ours, this tea contains high levels of antioxidants

Black tea** offers a variety of health benefits:

  • Contains polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that may decrease the risk of chronic disease and improve overall health
  • Contains flavonoids, another group of antioxidants, which are beneficial for heart health and may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Studies have found that black tea may help reduce LDL levels and decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Contains polyphenols and antimicrobial properties may help improve gut health and immunity
  • Contains polyphenols that may decrease cancer cell development
  • Contains several compounds and one specifically (epigallocatechin gallate) shown to improve insulin levels
  • Contains the amino acid L-theanine that increases alpha activity in the brain to help improve focus and alertness

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 highly recommended as this is traditionally how the Irish drink their tea.

Traditional Hot Tea
Measure one heaping teaspoons of tea leaves per one cup water into a tea filter or into an infuser of your choice. Keep in mind, the infuser you choose must be large enough to allow the tea leaves to swell and unfurl. This allows the tea leaves to release their full flavor. Place filter into teapot or mug. Bring filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil then pour into teapot or mug. Infuse 2-3 minutes, for mild flavor, 4-5 minutes for medium flavor and 6-7 minutes for bold flavor. Remove the filter and discard or remove infuser and discard tea leaves. Garnish as desired with sugar, honey or other sweeteners.

Iced Tea
Measure eight to ten heaping teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Bring 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a boil. Immediately pour boiled water over filter into teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Infuse 3-5 minutes. Remove filter and sweeten tea with ½ cup sugar if desired. Add 2 cups of filtered or freshly drawn water to a serving pitcher. Pour in prepared tea and mix well. Add 2 cups of ice and stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

Cold-infusion Method*
Measure six to eight teaspoons of tea leaves into a tea filter and place inside a clean glass jar or small pitcher. Position filter so that the tea leaves will be submerged and the top hangs over the side of the jar or pitcher so that leaves do not spill out once water is added. Pour four cups of filtered or freshly drawn water over the filter. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8-12 hours (or overnight). To serve this tea hot, simply pour the cold-infused tea into a saucepan over medium heat and gently warm to desired temperature.

 *Cold-infused tea has higher levels of antioxidants, less caffeine and less tannins resulting in a smoother cup.

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.

Irish Breakfast Black Tea
, like all teas, should be stored out of direct light and in a cool, dry place. Properly stored, this tea will stay fresh for up to two years.

Ingredients: black tea

**Autumn Enloe, MS, RD, LD“10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Black Tea” Healthline, May 16, 2018