The origins of our Irish Breakfast tea
Brisk and intense, our extra-strong Irish Breakfast tea is a classic way to kick off your morning. A pungent alternative to English breakfast tea, it's rich, full-bodied and characterful, with a deep amber-coloured infusion and the typically baked caramel notes that Ceylon tea is renowned for.
This premium version of the ever-popular Irish breakfast blend delivers a balance of strength, astringency and refined quality, without the bitterness that can often be associated with strong breakfast tea. Drink it like the Irish do – early in the morning with plenty of milk or with a dash of cream for a strong, satisfying cup with a hint of sweetness.
Packed with flavour and high in antioxidants, this orthodox Ceylon tea boasts very fine fannings that come from leaves harvested from the high-altitude tea gardens of Sri Lanka's celebrated Nuwara Eliya region. Located in the southern mountainous region of central Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is famous for its rugged terroir, high elevation and exquisite cool-climate teas. The strength of our Irish Breakfast blend comes from its BOPF1 (Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings) grade, a classification for top-quality Ceylon teas with few added ingredients, neat, uniform particle size and no tips.
Being a strong black tea, this Irish breakfast brew is rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants, which studies have linked to having numerous health benefits, from reducing cholesterol to cancer risk. But perhaps the best reason to pick up a caddy of this satisfying breakfast tea is its power to perk you up in the morning!
Alternatives to this strong black tea blend
We believe that there's strength in numbers when it comes to breakfast teas, which is why we've carefully sourced a wide variety of top-quality brews for you to choose from. So if you like a bold, bright cup of tea first thing, see also our Assam Breakfast, Kenilworth, English Breakfast and Assam Mangalam black teas from India and Sri Lanka.
This tea contains a small proportion of fine tea leaves. We recommend that you use an excellent mesh filter such as this one from our Teaware collection. Alternatively, re-strain your brew to remove any bits that may have escaped.