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Irish Breakfast Tea

Irish Breakfast Tea

Irish Breakfast Tea

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Say Dia dhuit* to Irish Breakfast tea!


The British East India Company introduced tea to the Irish upper class as early as the 17th century, and this specific blend of tea gained popularity and love throughout Ireland. Although Irish Breakfast tea is closely associated with Ireland, its tea leaves originate from Northeastern India (Assam) and China (Keemun).


This robust blend combines Assam black tea and Keemun black tea. (The British East India Company began producing Assam tea in India partly in response to Chinese tea embargoes during the Opium Wars of the mid-1800s.)


Irish Breakfast tea is a delightful blend of black teas, offering a malty and full-bodied taste. Unlike English and Scottish Breakfast teas, there are no strict rules on the ratios of these tea blends, but our Irish Breakfast strikes the perfect balance between smooth and bold.

Why We Love It

Irish Breakfast tea pairs excellently with hearty foods, especially a classic Irish Breakfast. Whether enjoyed plain or with milk and sugar, it provides the perfect morning pick-me-up and satisfies black tea cravings.

Recommended Recipes: YES, you can cook with tea!
Brewing Tips

Check out our brewing tutorial video to learn the best way to brew Irish Breakfast tea. 

The More You Know
  • Did you know it's nicknamed "builder's tea" due to its popularity among laborers for its strong and energizing qualities?
  • You can steep the leaves multiple times, with each brew revealing new flavors.
  • Black tea and dark beer are often described as "malty," which means they have an earthy, rich, and slightly sweet flavor profile. It's important not to confuse this with barley, a cereal grain that is a different product altogether.

Embark on a culinary adventure with Irish Breakfast tea and share your kitchen experiments with us. Don't forget to leave a review after your purchase.


- Jamie


* "Dia dhuit" is a common Irish Gaelic greeting which literally translates to "God to you" or "God bless you". It's pronounced "dee-a gwitch".

Irish Breakfast Tea