Irish breakfast tea has been enjoyed for centuries. A popular robust tea full of flavor with a wonderful maltiness. The unique flavor is due to the the strong Assam content in the blend. Compared too but yet more robust and stronger than an English Breakfast tea.
It was introduced to Ireland's upper class in 1835 but by the middle of the 19th century it became affordable to everyone. Today it is still Ireland's favorite beverage.
Tea time in an Irish home is anytime during the day because it is a great way to unwind with family and friends.
Traditional Afternoon tea is served between 3:00 and 5:00 pm and paired with a not too sweet biscuit or cookie. High tea is served at 6:00 pm with a variety of savory finger foods and deserts.
Making a traditional pot of tea in an Irish home begins by filling a kettle with water and bringing it to a hard boil. They add 1 teaspoon of fresh loose leaf per person inside the teapot plus 1 extra teaspoon. Then, they pour the boiling water from the kettle into the teapot and steep the leaves 3-4 minutes. Each teacup is filled with 1/3 cup of heated milk or cream to prevent the hot tea from cracking the fine china tea cups used to serve. Finally, they pour the hot tea through a strainer into each tea 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. Get our Scone recipe with Clotted Cream here.
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....Peace, Love, & A Cup of Tea!