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.


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.


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!

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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.


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!

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