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C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend

5 star average rating
24 Reviews Write a Review
The Crush-Tear-Curl manufacturing method produces quick-brewing teas with full flavor. We highly recommend this blend of Assam teas for those who like a very hearty cup. Exquisite with milk.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 3 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)
C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend Reviews
5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (based on 24 reviews)

  • Great for Chai
  • 5 star rating
  • marci – MA – March 05, 2021
  • We make chai everybody and this is a great tea for that.
  • Morning Tea
  • 4 star rating
  • Dan – MA – February 28, 2021
  • A straightahead breakfast tea. Clean taste and a crisp finish.
  • Favorite
  • 5 star rating
  • Larry – NC – February 28, 2021
  • This is our long-standing favorite for just the right morning zing, brewed quickly. It is strong
  • Great daily tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Andrew – GA – January 20, 2021
  • I loved the CTC Assam Bop, so I got a sample of this and loved it. Great, malty, smooth with milk, rich. Great mid morning tea!
  • A great tea for coffee drinkers
  • 5 star rating
  • Colby – CA – December 05, 2020
  • As a longtime coffee drinker, this is the first tea I’ve had that makes me forget about coffee in the mornings. The tea brews exceptionally strong, and has a wonderful malty note that reminds me of grape nuts. A touch of sweetness naturally, and really stands up beautifully to milk and sugar.
  • My favorite morning cup
  • 5 star rating
  • Natalia – NY – October 22, 2020
  • Excellent tea. I have been drinking it for years and after trying different blends I always come back to this delightful blend of Assam teas. Never bitter or tannin heavy, I drink it with milk and honey.
  • Good Starter Tea
  • 3 star rating
  • Chris – NE – June 19, 2020
  • Mild, clean taste. Easy to drink. If all you've ever had is common teabags, this is a good introduction into more serious tea blends. I prefer stronger.
  • Really Enjoyable
  • 5 star rating
  • Bonnie – NJ – May 11, 2020
  • I received this as a bonus sample. Found it very smooth and flavorful. It has the umph that I enjoy, and the tannins seem tamed--no "sandpaper tongue"! I will definitely order this and also look forward to taste testing it against some of your other blends.
  • Not my favorite
  • 2 star rating
  • Stu – CA – February 16, 2020
  • I was really prepared to like this tea, but after about a dozen mornings, I've found it just hasn't made the grade. I love a rollicking strong cup of full-flavored tea to start my day. For me this tea proved to be strong but not hearty, just sort of a intense but flat, bitter flavor. I rate it last place of 5 different morning teas I purchased.
  • Our favorite Sunday morning tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Susan – MD – July 28, 2019
  • This tea is hands-down our favorite tea. Our family enjoys it with milk and sugar on lazy Sunday mornings, holidays, and any time we want an extra, special treat. We've tried lots of teas, thanks to Upton's outstanding selection and generous samples, but we keep coming back to this Irish breakfast tea. We're so happy we found you, Upton Tea!
  • Store bought-no-more
  • 5 star rating
  • Peter – FL – July 02, 2019
  • After years in London (doing research), I returned to store-bought "Irish Breakfasts": mostly weak-kneed. Discovering Upton Tea was fulfilling: I've drunk this Irish Breakfast for years now. Its consistent quality, genuine Assam malt, and smooth--never bitter--flavor (I like tea without any add-ins) are the best I've found. Kudos!
  • My go-to morning brew
  • 5 star rating
  • Lynn – ME – January 07, 2019
  • I've been buying this particular tea for years now, trying others from time to time (did anyone see the review of Yorkshire Gold? Bought some, was disappointed in comparison to this favorite). The aroma of the tea varies from harvest to harvest, and sometimes is less fragrant than I like, but that is the nature of a product of Mother Nature!
  • A little weak
  • 3 star rating
  • Pat – AZ – December 04, 2018
  • I like my fully bodied teas and I was a little disappointed in this year's blend. I'm not an expert - maybe its supposed to be that way. Still good with milk and honey!
  • Good breakfast tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Kevin – WI – November 30, 2018
  • Robust. I tame it with my usual Truvia and soymilk. It is my morning wake-up tea.
  • Best Breakfast Tea
  • 5 star rating
  • elf – NY – August 03, 2018
  • I love a hearty cupful to start my day, and this tea exceeded my expectations. A complex, strong (not bitter) brew that took a bit of sugar and milk very well, with a full flavor profile that has just a smidge of astringency at the finish. I'm looking forward to enjoying this every single morning!
  • My Favorite Tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Cecelia – TX – August 02, 2018
  • I have been drinking this tea for almost 18 years now. It is hands down my favorite tea. It has a strong rich flavor that I enjoy without having to wait for extended brew times.
  • Still the best
  • 5 star rating
  • Paul – OR – June 13, 2018
  • I have been using this for my morning tea for decades. From time to time, I try something else, either from Upton or another purveyor of teas, but always come back to this one. It is full-bodied, but not bitter. Stands up beautifully with milk, and it brightens up my day, even when it is cold and dreary outside!
  • Irish Breakfast
  • 5 star rating
  • Anthony – NY – February 26, 2018
  • Love this tea...subtle and robust. For John (and others) looking for another great one: JAVA OP Malabar.
  • Delicious
  • 5 star rating
  • Tom – NY – January 02, 2018
  • Really nice strong blend. Has replaced Barry's Gold in our house.
  • Always added first to shopping cart
  • 5 star rating
  • John – MD – December 08, 2017
  • Great strong tea for breakfast. Smooth, but robust tea. I take with just some milk a bit of raw sugar. Highly recommend - clear reason its a bestseller
  • The Best
  • 5 star rating
  • John – NM – December 06, 2017
  • Of the teas I've bought from Upton so far, this is really good and consistent each time I order. It's very drinkable straight, but honey or milk works too. If there are other similar quality teas I'd want to know... Good black tea, strong enough without being overwhelming. Highly recommend.
  • About as good as it gets
  • 5 star rating
  • Dave – MA – December 04, 2017
  • I keep trying other breakfast blends but I always come back to this. Bold flavor, stunning red liqueur, and because it's a CTC you can count on every cup you brew tasting exactly the same. It brews in just seconds but I like to let it steep for a couple minutes. Perfect with a little sugar and thin slice of lemon, or should take milk well.
  • My go to tea!
  • 5 star rating
  • Cissy Brady-Rogers – CA – November 21, 2017
  • I grew up drinking malty Irish breakfast with my parents - always with sugar and cream! After returning to tea after years of being a coffee drinker, I found myself loving a good strong cup of Irish tea in the morning. I've tried other producers blends and do enjoy single origin Assams but this is by far my favorite. Ordered many times over.
  • I am a bit picky about my Irish Breakfast.
  • 5 star rating
  • Mary – OR – November 10, 2017
  • I have been getting this tea since 2013 or earlier. Irish breakfast should hold up to 1/2 and 1/2 and sugar. This one, the cream circles in the amber liquid making for an amazing cup. I am very picky when it comes to tea and coffee. I ran out once got a regular brand from the store, and the difference is staggering. I will not do that again!
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