Tea & Biscuits

Tea Time Tales: The Historical Irish Love Affair with Tea

Tea, the elixir of comfort and conversation, has woven itself into the cultural fabric of nations around the world. In Ireland, the history of tea drinking is rich and steeped in tradition, becoming an integral part of daily life.

As we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in the coming weeks – a day to celebrate Irish heritage and culture – we reminisce on the rich history of tea in Irish culture that continues today.


The History of Tea in Ireland

Tea first made its way to Ireland in the early 18th century, brought by Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese wife of Charles II of England. Initially a luxury for the elite, tea gradually trickled down to the masses, with the 19th century marking the advent of tea as a staple in Irish households. The working class embraced the ritual of tea drinking, and by the mid-20th century, it had become a cherished part of Irish culture.


Tea in Modern-Day Ireland

Much like in Australia, tea drinking in Ireland has evolved beyond a simple beverage to a cultural phenomenon. The “cuppa” has become a social catalyst, facilitating conversations, celebrations, and moments of respite. Tea is often served with biscuits or cakes, enhancing the communal experience of sharing a warm cup with loved ones.


Irish Breakfast Tea: A National Favorite

One of the most beloved teas in Ireland is the robust and full-bodied Irish Breakfast Tea. Traditionally a blend of Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan black teas, it boasts a bold flavour that can stand up to the addition of milk or sugar. 

We’re proud to offer our very own rendition of the classic Irish Breakfast Tea, made with a rich, malty Assam tea base – available in both loose leaf and tea bags. Learn more about our Irish Breakfast tea here!

If you’re not one for particularly bold brews, perhaps one of our other breakfast tea blends will be more your style.


How to Brew Irish Breakfast Tea

  1. Boil fresh water to just below boiling point, around 93-100°C.
  2. Preheat your teapot or teacup by swirling a small amount of hot water inside, then discard.
  3. Add one teaspoon of Irish Breakfast Tea leaves per 200ml of water to your teapot or teacup.
  4. Pour the hot water over the tea leaves, ensuring they are fully submerged.
  5. Steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your desired strength.
  6. Strain the tea leaves and pour the brewed tea into your cup.
  7. Add milk and sugar to taste, if desired.
Irish Breakfast black tea in cup

Whether shared with friends or savoured in solitude, a cup of Irish Breakfast Tea carries the warmth of tradition, inviting all who partake to join in the age-old ritual of sipping history. 

Happy St Patty’s Day!

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