National Iced Tea Day, But How Do The Irish Drink Their Tea?

I drink iced tea by the pitcherful in the all year round.  I like strong tea and it is probably my Irish heritage that contributed that taste (among other things).


The Tea Junction, Main Street N67, Ballyvaughan, Province of Munster, Ireland

Ireland has, for a long time, been one of the biggest per-capita consumer of tea in the world. Although broadly similar to tea culture in Great Britain, Irish tea culture has a number of distinguishing elements. Tea in Ireland is usually taken with milk and/or sugar and is slightly spicier and stronger than the traditional English Blend. Popular brands of tea sold in Ireland are Lyons, Barry’s and Bewley’s.

Irish breakfast tea is a blend of several black teas, most often Assam teas. Irish brands Lyons, Barry’s, Bewley’s, Nambarrie’s, and Punjana are heavily weighted toward Assam. Many tea producers make Irish breakfast tea blends specifically for the United States market.

Because of its strength, Irish breakfast tea is commonly served with milk, but may also be consumed plain or with sugar. In Ireland, where milk and dairy products are traditionally a major part of the diet, most people drink tea with milk. Being of black teas, it has a strong flavour and higher caffeine content than green, oolong, or white teas, albeit somewhat less than coffee. Although named “breakfast tea”, it is drunk throughout the day and evening.

Irish tea

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