A breakfast tea that has been enjoyed for centuries and characterized by its robust, malty flavor, and reddish color. Irish breakfast is more robust and stronger than English breakfast. The unique flavor of this breakfast tea is due to the strong Assam content in the blend. Assam is located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in India. Discovered by a famous Scotsman, Robert Bruce who found the tea growing in the wild in the Assam district of India. It was introduced to the upper class in 1835 and by the middle of the 19th century it became affordable to everyone. Tea still retains its status as Ireland's favorite beverage.
Tea time for the Irish is in the morning and anytime during the day. It's a great way to unwind with family and friends. Afternoon tea is served between 3:00 and 5:00pm, paired with a not too sweet biscuit or cookie. High tea is served at 6:00pm with a variety of savory finger food and deserts. The Irish like their tea strong and with a lot of milk. They pour the milk into the cup first to prevent the hot tea from cracking their fine china tea cups. The Gaelic traditional way to say a cup of tea is "cuppa tay" or "cupan tae".
Here's how the Irish steep a pot of tea. A kettle if filled with water and brought to a boil. They add 1 teaspoon of fresh loose leaf tea per person inside the teapot plus one extra teaspoon. Then, the boiling water from the kettle is poured into the teapot and allowed to steep for 3 to 4 minutes. Each tea cup is then filled with 1/3 of a cup of heated milk or cream. Finally, they pour the hot Irish breakfast tea through a tea strainer into each cup.
The Irish are also know for their hospitality and offer plenty of food with their tea. Such as, Irish Soda Bread, Irish Shortbread, Oatcakes, Scones or Apple Cake just to name a few.
Tea brings people together. Share a cup of tea with someone and enjoy a wonderful conversation. It's the little things we all forget that are the most important.
The Gaelic traditional way to say a cup of tea is "cuppa tay" or "cupan tae". We say, Have a cup of tea with us!
Peace, Love & Tea