Sunday, 6 March 2011

Belfast Brew- Suki Tea

Today has been a day of doing stuff (I haven't actually finished- I only came in because my hands are icy from repotting sweet peas) and the first flushes of spring are inspiring me to have a sort out of teas in my cupboard. This is one I discovered spring cleaning the tea cupboard. Yes, I have a tea cupboard. There is a lot of tea in there.

Anyone who knows me knows I am in love with anything Irish, so I had high hopes of this black tea. Belfast Blend is just Suki's branding of their Irish Breakfast tea. It's a combination of a malty assam and a new one for me, a Tanzanian tea (if you're interested in learning about Tanzanian tea, check out this link here)

I brewed the tea for about two minutes and added milk. The tea itself has a smooth, earthy and almost sweet and fruity flavour, with a punch of tannin at the end. The tannin however is not unpleasant, it just adds to the whole mouthful of tea. The overall taste is one of a quality black tea with a satisfying cleansing element.

I  must admit, before drinking, I was a bit apprehensive. Irish Breakfast Tea is stronger than English Breakfast tea and it can be foul if not brewed correctly- this, however, is lovely and is one I would consider giving to guests when they turn their noses up to 'posh' tea. I defy anyone not to fall in love with this Irish charmer! (I could have inserted jokes here about Blarney, but decided to spare you all...!)

1 comment:

  1. Good afternoon!

    I had a look at your blog yesterday and thought it looked great! I was wondering whether you would be interested in reviewing some of our teas?

    We currently have three ranges; Classic (english breakfast, earl grey, green tea etc), Gourmet (Peppermint, Spearmint & Strawberry/Red Berries etc) and Herbal (Camomille, Peppermint etc) We have recently won awards at both the Great Taste Awards and the Soil Association Organic Food Awards.

    If you'd like to review some of our teas, we'd be happy to send you some samples!