Today’s tea is Irish Breakfast, and it is a black tea from Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
Irish Breakfast traditionally has Assam tea in it. But funny enough, they don’t drink Irish Breakfast in Ireland, or so I’m told. At least they don’t call it that. However, the U.S. market for Irish Breakfast is large, and it is very popular here. It’s a robust tea meant to be had with milk.
The tea leaves smell malty and slightly earthy, but fresh. I don’t get the hints of citrus and floral notes mentioned on the tin. The leaves are short and choppy with flecks of gold. In the cup it brews up a lovely reddish brown. It looks hearty. The flavor is very strong, and you could definitely stand the proverbial fork in it. I couldn’t drink this without milk.
With milk the tea is very hearty, a definite eye-opener– which is what it’s made for. “Pungent” is what it says on the tin, and I can’t think of a better word. There is a slightly citrusy aftertaste. This is one of my favorite teas, and one that is in regular rotation. If you like a tea that will take the enamel off your teeth, this is a good one. I highly recommend it.
You can get it here: http://www.peets.com/shop/tea_detail.asp?id=79&cid=1000154