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River Shannon Breakfast Blend

5 star average rating
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A blend of Tippy GFBOP Assam teas for strength, plus a distinctive, bright Ceylon tea for briskness. This Orthodox Process Irish Breakfast style loose leaf tea is very flavorful.

Steeping Suggestions

Leaf Quantity: 2.25 g/6oz cup
Steep Time: 3-4 min.
Water Temperature: 212 degrees (boiling)
River Shannon Breakfast Blend Reviews
5 star average rating
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (based on 19 reviews)

  • In my Top Three
  • 5 star rating
  • David – OR – June 11, 2021
  • Much like the description…rich, smooth, brisk. I have about thirty breakfast and “gold” teas on hand from England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. Oddly they are said to blend the breakfast teas mostly for export and the gold blends for local consumption. This blend tops all but two…Yorkshire Gold & Thompson’s Irish Blend. An incredible find!
  • Very pleasant & strong breakfast cup
  • 5 star rating
  • E.J. – CA – February 15, 2021
  • Smoother and more nuanced flavor than I expected. I totally m agree with the “elevated Barry’s” assessment. I’ve only enjoyed this a few times but can easily imagine it becoming my regular.
  • It's OK
  • 3 star rating
  • Patrick – NM – December 01, 2020
  • This one doesn't do much for me. It reminds me of Upton's Java BOP except that, where that one is bright and pleasant, although not very complex, this one is more complex but comes across as kind of dark and muddled. There are several flavors in there, but none are very distinct and the combination seems to be less than the sum of its parts.
  • 5 star rating
  • James – TX – September 23, 2020
  • The best breakfast blend that I've tried so far! I prefer it brewed a little longer than the recommended time to draw out the flavor. This is my morning eye opener.
  • Likeable Little Brew
  • 4 star rating
  • Chris – NE – June 19, 2020
  • River Shannon is smooth and palatable, highly acceptable, yet made interesting with a little earthiness.
  • 5 star rating
  • Sera – GA – May 25, 2020
  • Now this is a cup of tea. Not for the light weight tea drinker. This a good strong cup for the mamas of 4,5,6 kids. Brings me back to my irish grandma's kitchen table. It is good , nice with a splash of milk.
  • You Might Not Be Ready for a Tea This Good
  • 5 star rating
  • Maria – CA – April 20, 2020
  • If you don't want to feel unreasonably optimistic after your first cup, you're not ready for this tea. To feel the sea air brush your cheek before you sit before a blazing hearth? To feel convinced that you're not only about to conquer your "to do" list, but also your "to live" list? You're not ready for this tea. But you should be. Get ready.
  • One of my favorites.. I'll always have some in the house..
  • 5 star rating
  • DAVID – NC – April 18, 2020
  • I bought this after it was recommended to me by Alex at I'm glad I took his advice! It checks all the boxes for me as a breakfast tea. Bold flavor made up of a lot of subtleties; malty but not as distractingly as The Scottish blends I've had, strong but too strong, kind of between English and Irish. Also inexpensive for the quality!
  • Favorite morning routine
  • 5 star rating
  • Greg – NC – March 01, 2020
  • Freshly steeped you get the smell of raisins and hint of honey and possibly citrus. The color after a 4 minute steep is a rich orangish-red. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light coating on the tongue and throat that lingers. I drink it neat but believe this tea could take a splash of dairy well. This is a great cold tea too.
  • Strong and eye opener
  • 5 star rating
  • Paul – VA – August 04, 2019
  • I treat myself to this about ½ of X my morning ritual for a pot of full flavored blend. The Assam is predominate. It brews quickly and takes a second infusion well (I add a tiny bit for a 3rd infusion). I've been purchasing this blend since the 90's. The maltiness isn't overbearing but complex. I brew it stiff and pour over generous whole milk.
  • Great for Iced Tea
  • 4 star rating
  • Neil – NC – May 12, 2019
  • This robust blend holds up well as a very flavorful iced tea
  • Makes You Feel Alive
  • 5 star rating
  • Maria – CA – December 24, 2018
  • There’s something magical about this blend. It doesn’t just wake you up — it *perks* you up. I love how I feel after a couple of cups. It’s just wonderful, and a rich cuppa to boot.
  • Don’t tell the Scottish Breakfast Blend this, but…
  • 5 star rating
  • A – NJ – December 15, 2018
  • This tea is (for me) even stronger than the Scottish blend. I can tell that there’s no Chinese black tea in this mix. Tannins are hard on my stomach, so I need to use extra sugar to drink it. That doesn’t, however, make this a bad tea. Quite the opposite, I love it.
  • Lovely everyday tea
  • 5 star rating
  • Heather – CA – December 14, 2018
  • Another reviewer described this as being similar to Barry’s, but “stepped up to a sublime notch.” I bought this tea because of that review, and I am happy to say that the reviewer was correct. It makes a robust and pleasantly dry cup with a 4-minute steep. I tried it with sweetener and without, and it’s delicious both ways.
  • Like Barry's- but really really high quality leaves
  • 5 star rating
  • Ellery – MA – May 17, 2018
  • I lived in Ireland and became a tea fanatic there drinking Barry's. This blend reminds me of that Barry's flavour, but stepped up into a sublime notch. Morning, or afternoon pick-me-up rainy day bliss!
  • Morning Eye-Opener
  • 5 star rating
  • Chris – CA – March 09, 2018
  • A sturdy and flavorful breakfast tea that you could drink every day. We were looking for a breakfast tea with both complexity and 'muscle' to replace the discontinued Peets Irish Breakfast. This tea is smooth and not harsh, and will get your day going, with or without milk. Try River Shannon Breakfast Blend steeped for 3 minutes.
  • Happy Dance
  • 5 star rating
  • Jess – ME – February 05, 2018
  • I personalize my labels and called this one Happy Dance. I was so right. One sip in and I knew this was a reorder. I steep for 3.5 minutes and add a splash of milk.
  • My favorite breakfast tea (so far!)
  • 5 star rating
  • Ellen – FL – December 08, 2017
  • Strong, bright. I don’t use milk or sweetener.
  • Cream and honey delight
  • 5 star rating
  • Di Anna – NV – December 02, 2017
  • I steep mine stronger than the average person, but the flavor just lingers longer that way. Tremendous flavor, cream and honey make my day😁with this tea flavor.
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