For many, the day just doesn't start out right without a cup of Irish Breakfast tea.

Murchie's Irish Breakfast Tea is made of choice Ceylon and India's Assam black teas blended for those who need a brisk awakening.

Ingredients: black tea

Caffeine Caffeinated
Cup Strength Very Strong
Origin Blend
Tea Format Loose Tea
Type Black

Irish Breakfast Tea - great eye-opener  Review by  ['DavidW']

I absolutely love this tea. Bought it from Murchie's years ago (when it was more affordable) and have been hooked ever since. Now that I live in the US, I still do mail/internet orders from them because the product is the best. I still have a fair amount of inventory in sealed glass decanters and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea. Keep up the good work, Murchie's!

Posted on 2023-11-16

Straight talk/Irish Breakfast  Review by  Straight talk

IRISH BREAKFAST (loose leaf): This tea is very good if you like to use Cream/milk, and, Sugar. It is a very stringent tea--it's a nice, masculine, strong cup of tea. It doesn't smell like hay, or taste malty, or flowery. There is nothing to distract the drinker. It's just a very straight-forward, full, plain, and very strong cup of tea-- it is never bitter.

Posted on 2020-04-25

simply the best  Review by  Faith

This is my favorite tea, and Murchies has stood the test of time with cup after cup, order after order of lovely Irish breakfast tea. And here I am ordering some more!

Posted on 2018-06-06

My absolute favourite   Review by  Emmy

There is not a day that goes by that I don't have at least one cup of this wonderful tea. I'm an avid tea drinker but this is my staple. I enjoy it with a heavy milk/cream but just a little. And a tiny bit of maple syrup. Amazing!

Posted on 2017-03-03

Delicious!   Review by  Mari - Puerto Rican Tea Lover

I became a serious tea drinker fairly recently, and black teas are my favorite. I like them strong, bold, and as dark as possible. If that fits your taste, you have to try this Irish Breakfast. I like it with milk and raw honey. Best way to begin the day!

Posted on 2015-04-03

Love this tea  Review by  MGS

Murchie's Irish Breakfast is my favourite tea. It's exactly as malty and astringent as one would want a breakfast tea to be - a nice bold flavour with some depth. I've tried many breakfast teas, and this is the one that I have settled upon for drinking at home.

Posted on 2014-09-18

Agreed - the best  Review by  Gabuela

I discovered long ago that I love the addition of Assam that goes into Irish Breakfast blends. I get it whenever I can and my special treat, for eiather a great day or one that needs help, is tea made with loose Irish breakfast tea. I have tried many and it is true that Murchie's is best. I am reminded of people enjoying an exquisite wine or scotch, eyes close and one is amazed at the beautiful flavor they are enjoying.

Posted on 2014-09-04

No Substitute!  Review by  Sarah - Murchie's Team Member

I've spent the last two weeks trying different breakfast / morning teas and can confirm that the Irish is my favourite. Nothing else can match this standard! I love a good black tea with milk, and this one is smooth and robust without being bitter or biting.

Posted on 2013-02-18

Gem of Black Teas  Review by  Tea Maven

I have sampled a wide selection of teas over the last 25 years and always come back to Irish Breakfast as my constant. I have tried versions from various retailers; however, they do not compare to Murchies quality. I love the strength and smooth full-bodied flavour of this classic tea. I like to watch the color develop as it brews from a golden hue to that deep, rich mahogany dark brown. I agree with the previous review in that the aroma is not distracting. Enjoy a cup.

Posted on 2012-11-22

My favourite  Review by  TeaSnob

I try tisanes and other teas but I always come back to my favourite: Irish Breakfast Tea. I got my American husband addicted to it, too. Yum!

Posted on 2012-10-20

best tea so far  Review by  tea granny

i love strong tea and irish breakfast loose tea is the best i have tried so far. strong tea smell and very good taste. also my plants do well on the weak leftovers.

Posted on 2012-10-17

Breakfast of Champions  Review by  Eleanor - Murchie's Team Member

Being a black tea/orange pekoe fan, I have struggled to find black teas with the right blends to suit my likes. When I tried the Irish Breakfast, I was pleasantly surprised at the strength and the fact that it wasn't overly "florally" or fragranted, which I personally find distracting when drinking a tea like this. Awesome with or without milk and sugar and is a great way to wake up for classic orange pekoe drinkers looking for something a bit different and higher quality in the morning

Posted on 2012-06-21

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Flavour Profile Guide

Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.

Tea Strength Ratings

This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.

Light/Delicate Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour
Medium Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup
Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness
Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well
Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee               Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness

Coffee Ratings

We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.

Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:

Light Roast           More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker
Medium Roast           Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess
Dark Roast           Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal

Body is the term used to describe how the brewed coffee feels in your mouth:

Light Body           Easy to drink with little lingering flavour, ‘thin’ or ‘clean’ feeling on the palate
Medium Body           Heavier, creamier mouth-feel with more lingering flavour
Full Body           Rich, full-mouth feeling: hits all of the palate and lingers

Brewing Guide | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Tea Brewing Guide

Different types of teas should be brewed according to certain times and water temperatures to bring out their best flavours. Use this guide as a starting point, and then experiment until you find the perfect brewing method for your favourite tea.

Based on approximately one level teaspoon (2.5g) of loose tea or one tea bag per 6-8 ounce (180-240ml) cup. For stronger flavour, add more tea. Brewing for longer may increase the strength of the tea, but will likely also cause bitterness.

Brew times shown in minutes.

Coffee Brewing Guide

The simplest methods for brewing coffee are drip coffee, pour over and French press. These guidelines are a starting point; modify the ratio of coffee to water, the grind, and brewing time to your taste. If your coffee is not strong enough, increase the proportion of coffee per cup of water, grind the beans finer, or allow them to brew longer – or any combination of these factors. If your coffee is too strong, simply do the opposite.

Drip coffee or pour over method: hot water is gradually poured over coffee grounds and slowly drips through

  • Fine to medium grind coffee
  • 1.5 to 2.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup of water
French press: coffee grounds are ‘steeped’ in hot water, and then a filter presses down the grounds, allowing the finished coffee to be poured off
  • Coarse grind coffee
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of coffee per cup (e.g. 4-6 tbsp for a 4-cup French press)
  • Pour about 1/3 of the water over the coffee grinds; wait about 30 seconds and then pour in the rest
  • Wait 4-5 minutes, then push down the plunger to separate the grounds from finished coffee, and enjoy!

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