What’s That Tea? Facts about Irish Breakfast history and drinking tips

Richer than English Breakfast but lighter than Scottish Breakfast; Irish Breakfast Tea is a strong and smooth option for the morning.

Irish tea drinkers love their tea very strong, which is why Irish Breakfast Tea favours malty black tea.  Many residents of Ireland drink as much as six cups of this tea every day and are the third highest tea consumers in the world at over 3kgs per capita.

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This tea blend is often taken with milk – and milk in the teacup first if you follow Irish Tradition. A perfect way to enjoy Irish Breakfast Tea is to enjoying the British tradition of ‘Elevenses’ a morning snack similar to afternoon tea. Hot buttery crumpets are a perfect match.

Irish Breakfast tea was originally a premium product unable to be afforded by most of the population. Until the time of World War II most Irish Tea came via auction houses of London and after being affected by rationing during that time the Irish Government created direct dealing with tea producing countries and ensured an excellent quality and availability of tea coming to into Ireland.

While most Irish Breakfast teas are heavily based on blends with the strong Indian teas from the Assam region, the What’s That Tea version is blended using the finest tea leaves from tea gardens in Sri Lanka. The result is still malty and strong but has a rich flavor and golden appearance and makes for a delicious cup of loose leaf tea that goes well with hearty warming food.

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A rich and full-bodied breakfast favourite, enjoyed by generations in the morning and throughout the day.  Blended from the finest of leaf teas, the sturdy and brisk flavours of What’s That Tea Irish Breakfast Tea are sure to beguile you- just like the Irish people… And leave you with a ‘top o’ the morning’ spring in your step!

Try a 50g sample of What’s That Tea? Irish Breakfast with FREE SHIPPING

What’s That AMOUNT of Tea?

Getting the right amount of tea in your teapot can be a tricky business!

The traditional rule thumb is one teaspoon per cup and ‘one for the pot’. However I prefer one heaped tablespoon (or whatever spoon you have handy) for a small teapot and two heaped spoonfuls for a large teapot.  One thing to keep in mind is that flavoured teas can overpower the senses if you have too much tea in the pot. A delicious Earl Grey, like the What’s That Tea? version, is a delightful and subtle balance of tea with bergamont if brewed lightly but looses its subtlety and you’ll feel like you are trapped in a perfumery if you have too many tea leaves or leave it to steep too long.

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I would suggest the above amounts for straight black teas like English Breakfast, Scottish Breakfast and Russian Caravan and a slightly smaller amount for the flavoured teas including the What’s That Tea Strawberry and Champagne black tea.

One of the joys of the Chinese Green Tea is that you can use as much as you like, leave the leaves in the tea pot AND you can even reuse the leaves for the rest of the day! Chinese Green is the perfect gift for a tea making novice and just remember to go light on the amount of flavoured tea so YOU can look like an expert!

Happy Drinking – buy our Chinese Green Tea now as a gift  for someone who likes to sip all day

Looking for that special something for that special someone…

What’s that tea? are pleased to be offering our new gift packs  and they are amazing value. First we have ourclassic duo which features a tin of English Breakfast, a tin of Earl Grey and a free oval tea infuser/strainer. These perennial favorites  are sure to please even the fussiest friend and are a perfect choice for those times when you need a thoughtful gift for someone you don’t know very well. You can purchase this set  for only $24 over at our Online Store.

Or consider our World Tea collection which for a limited time is available for just $34.50 including a fabulously functional tea for one teapot/cup set. This collection includes English Breakfast (perfect for your jubilee celebrations), Chinese Green (to drink to the year of the dragon)  and Russian Caravan (in honour of Eurovision’s runner up babushkas) and makes a lovely gift or a perfect treat to help make those winter afternoons at your desk more bearable. Check out to get this fantastic set whilst stocks last.

Don’t forget we are offering flat rate $6.95 shipping within Australia so make your order now.

What’s that Tea Launch: Menu Spotlight

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Our good friend Kate over at Plumcakeandpowertools catered our launch and the food went down a treat. Kate matched six appetizers to our launch collection of teas to complement the tastings.  We also had brownies, chocolate fudge, cupcakes and cookies all kindly donated by our lovely friends. The tasting menu included:

  • Green Cucumber Cups: refreshing cups made from cucumber filled with tangy sesame soba noodles
  • Earl Grey & Poppy Seed Cupcakes: Tea infused cupcakes with a sweet but earthy flavour highlighted by bergamot
  • Blinis with Smoked Salmon and Beetroot Caviar: Fluffy buckwheat pancakes with a fun tweak to traditional toppings
  • Egg and Bacon Tarts: tricky breakfast tarts that contain egg and bacon and nothing more
  • Shortbread with Raspberry Cream Dip: crunchy and creamy and a little indulgent
  • Scones with strawberry jam and cream: a tea time classic made by What’s that tea? owner Shardee Hoff

Can you guess which tea matches each dish?

Behind the scenes at the What’s that Tea? launch

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Apologies it has been a little while between posts, we’ve just been flat out keeping up with What’s that tea? post launch. However we’ve caught our breath and wanted to share with you some pictures of the fabulous afternoon our special guests had. This is Shardee Hoff, owner of What’s that Tea? and hostess with the most-est. She planned a lovely location, excellent food and of course fantastic tea tastings.

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The launch collection consists of six lovely teas including some delicious versions of a few classics: English Breakfast, Russian Caravan, Chinese Green and Earl Grey as well as two special extras: Scottish Breakfast and Strawberry Champagne. All of the teas are available for sale now over at our Online Store.

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Shardee gave a lovely speech in between tastings, sharing her hopes for What’s that Tea? to grow as she shares the teas she loves and thanked her supportive friends and family.

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And then we drank more tea as the sun set over the stunning Sydney Harbour. A huge thank you to our fabulous hosts Tracy and Ellie and to all of our helpers on the day. We hope you’ve had a chance to try some of our tea. Oh and we promise a post detailing all of the food from the launch (with recipes) soon!

What’s that Tea? launches tomorrow!

We can’t believe it’s come so quickly but the launch party for What’s that Tea? is tomorrow and we’re waiting nervously like children on Christmas eve. There are no stockings to hang by the chimney with care, however we do have beautiful seasonal floral arrangements in, what else, teapots to help set the mood for tomorrow.

We can’t wait to share What’s that Tea? with you all so remember if you aren’t in Sydney our Online Store launches tomorrow as well so everyone can try some of our amazing new range.

Oh and stay tuned for lots of pics of the launch party.

Two more days until the What’s that Tea? Launch

It’s been a late night at What’s that Tea? central as we burn the candle at both ends to get ready in time for the big launch party on Sunday. Shardee (pictured) and her helper elves had a busy night of labeling the canisters and as you can see they are looking amazing. It’s been tiring work but luckily we had a pot of Russian Caravan to sustain us into the night.

Stay tuned.

Russian Caravan loose leaf tea leaves available to buy online now

4 days ’til the What’s that Tea? launch: Strawberry Iced Tea

Our Strawberry & Champagne Tea makes fabulous iced tea so we thought we would share our secret recipe so that you too can always have iced tea on hand. We’ll be serving this combo at our launch on Sunday but you can mix up the fruit and herbs to make new flavour combinations.

You’ll need:

  • Tea (we recommend our Strawberry & Champagne Tea)
  • Water
  • Ice cube trays and a jar
  • Caster sugar (we recommend golden caster sugar)
  • Lemon
  • Mint
  • Strawberries
  • Ice
The first two elements of the ice tea can be made in advance and they will keep in your freezer for weeks.
Tea Concentrate
Add 4 teaspoons of tea to a cup of boiling water and allow to steep until cool. Strain out the tea and pour the tea concentrate into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Sugar Syrup
Take a small saucepan and add a cup of caster sugar and a cup and half of water. Stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Peel the lemon rind off the lemon in large pieces using a vegetable peeler and add to the sugar syrup and simmer for a couple of minutes. Take off the heat and allow to steep and cool. Pour the cooled syrup into a jar and pop in the freezer. Due to the high sugar content it will thicken but shouldn’t freeze completely.
Then to make ice tea you take a cube or two of the ‘tea ice’,  a large spoonful of the syrup and add water, play around with the exact quantities to make the iced tea to your taste. Add mint, chopped fresh strawberries and ice for a refreshing drink.
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Five days until the What’s that Tea? launch

Just a quick post today because we are super busy getting organized for Sunday’s launch of What’s that Tea? but we wanted to share with you the fabulous view our special guests can expect for the launch. Sydney is just glorious in autumn and the harbour sparkles in this particularly spectacular way against the bright blue autumnal skies so we are very excited we could secure this secret location that shows off Sydney.

This launch is getting set to delight all the senses. Stay tuned.