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Irish Breakfast Loose Tea

Murchie's Irish Breakfast Tea is a hearty blend of bright, high-grade Ceylon teas, enhanced by the deep flavours of golden tipped Assam.

May be enjoyed plain, or with milk.

Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee

Also available in tea bags.

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Availability: In stock

Product Name Price Qty
Irish Breakfast Tea - Loose 2oz/56g
Irish Breakfast Tea - Loose 4oz/113g
Irish Breakfast Tea - Loose 8oz/227g
Irish Breakfast Tea - Loose 16oz/454g
Very Strong

Product Description


For many, the day just doesn't start out right without a cup of Irish Breakfast tea.


Murchie's Irish Breakfast Tea is made of choice Ceylon and India's Assam black teas blended for those who need a brisk awakening.


Strength:     Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee (Very Strong)
Brew Temperature:   205 to 212°F, or 96 to 100°C
Brew Time:   3 to 5 Minutes
Brew Quantity:   1 tsp to 6-8oz or 5g to 177-237ml of water


For more information on brewing and tea strength ratings, please see our BREWING GUIDE or TEA STRENGTH pages

Additional Information

Additional Information

Ingredients Black tea
Format Loose Tea
Tea Type Black
Caffeine Caffeinated
Cup Strength Very Strong
Origin Blend


Customer Reviews (8)

Delicious! Review by Mari - Puerto Rican Tea Lover
I became a serious tea drinker fairly recently, and black teas are my favorite. I like them strong, bold, and as dark as possible. If that fits your taste, you have to try this Irish Breakfast. I like it with milk and raw honey. Best way to begin the day! (Posted on 2015-04-03)
Love this teaReview by MGS
Murchie's Irish Breakfast is my favourite tea. It's exactly as malty and astringent as one would want a breakfast tea to be - a nice bold flavour with some depth. I've tried many breakfast teas, and this is the one that I have settled upon for drinking at home. (Posted on 2014-09-18)
Agreed - the bestReview by Gabuela
I discovered long ago that I love the addition of Assam that goes into Irish Breakfast blends. I get it whenever I can and my special treat, for eiather a great day or one that needs help, is tea made with loose Irish breakfast tea. I have tried many and it is true that Murchie's is best. I am reminded of people enjoying an exquisite wine or scotch, eyes close and one is amazed at the beautiful flavor they are enjoying. (Posted on 2014-09-04)
No Substitute!Review by Sarah - Murchie's Team Member
I've spent the last two weeks trying different breakfast / morning teas and can confirm that the Irish is my favourite. Nothing else can match this standard! I love a good black tea with milk, and this one is smooth and robust without being bitter or biting. (Posted on 2013-02-18)
Gem of Black TeasReview by Tea Maven
I have sampled a wide selection of teas over the last 25 years and always come back to Irish Breakfast as my constant. I have tried versions from various retailers; however, they do not compare to Murchies quality. I love the strength and smooth full-bodied flavour of this classic tea. I like to watch the color develop as it brews from a golden hue to that deep, rich mahogany dark brown. I agree with the previous review in that the aroma is not distracting. Enjoy a cup. (Posted on 2012-11-22)
My favouriteReview by TeaSnob
I try tisanes and other teas but I always come back to my favourite: Irish Breakfast Tea.

I got my American husband addicted to it, too. Yum! (Posted on 2012-10-20)
best tea so farReview by tea granny
i love strong tea and irish breakfast loose tea is the best i have tried so far. strong tea smell and very good taste. also my plants do well on the weak leftovers. (Posted on 2012-10-17)
Breakfast of ChampionsReview by Eleanor - Murchie's Team Member
Being a black tea/orange pekoe fan, I have struggled to find black teas with the right blends to suit my likes.

When I tried the Irish Breakfast, I was pleasantly surprised at the strength and the fact that it wasn't overly "florally" or fragranted, which I personally find distracting when drinking a tea like this.

Awesome with or without milk and sugar and is a great way to wake up for classic orange pekoe drinkers looking for something a bit different and higher quality in the morning (Posted on 2012-06-21)

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Strength Ratings

Flavour Profile Guide

Tea and coffee tasting is a very individual, multi-dimensional experience: one person’s perfect cup can be too strong or weak, too brisk or watery for the next person. At Murchie’s, we believe that the best tea or coffee is the one that YOU like the best! We use the following flavour profile guides to help compare our teas and coffees within a relative scale.

Tea Strength Ratings

This rating method indicates the strength of flavour each tea has when brewed according to our brewing guide.

Light/Delicate Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Light/Delicate: Very light in colour and delicate in flavour
Medium Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium: Medium-light cup with slightly fuller cup
Medium-Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Medium-Strong: Medium-dark cup, medium body, and full flavour without harshness
Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Strong: Full body, rich cup, takes milk well
Very Strong Tea | Murchie's Tea & Coffee              Very Strong: Rich, dark cup with very full, strong flavour and briskness


Coffee Ratings

We rate the flavour properties of our coffees along two dimensions: roast and body.

Roast is simply a result of how long and how hot the beans have been roasted, which can be seen in the colour of the finished bean, and typically results in general flavour traits:

Light Roast           More acidity, brightness and a slight pucker
Medium Roast           Slightly richer flavours, some acidity, enhanced creaminess
Dark Roast           Distinctive roasted flavour, sometimes notes of toasted sugar or charcoal