I do not drink coffee. I know this is a big and bold statement as I am an American living in apparent coffee heaven in the Pacific Northwest. My coffee experience is quite minimal as I do not seek it out as my caffeinated lover is totally black tea. Oh black tea your range of options is a true delight you are a versatile and exciting option. I think most Americans and I are switched – they think tea is rubbish since they have only had those terrible bagged bitter monstrosities that most chain restaurants serve knowing they are so gross. Once you get past that and see that English Breakfast or Earl Gray are around and indeed are delicious you get hooked. My tea progression was bagged tea as loose seemed hard and pretentious then trying loose tea and realizing I was just being daft. From there it was loose tea AND NOTHING ELSE until I wanted to branch out and try more tea but could only get it in bags. I now am a healthy mix of the two.
So let’s talk about moving past the sad tea and rejoice over a cup of my favorite tea of the moment – Irish Afternoon Tea by Brewleys. This is a huge step up and it’s in a convenient bag to take with you and not need specific tools. This Afternoon Tea is not as caffeinated as an Irish breakfast or the heavy hitter of Irish Gold so it’s my go to 4pm tea as it won’t keep me up all night. This tea when brewed is a pretty light amber with warm tones.
Some things to know about Irish tea:
- For a true Irish experience use 2 bags – people who thing the Irish only drink beer or whiskey are dead wrong. They are all tea addicts above anything else and they like a strong brew!
- The tea bags don’t have a string. It’s supposed to be that way! Just fish them out with a fork or spoon.
- Use sugar not honey. The tea was created to be sweetened with sugar and honey does not go with it and makes it taste funky.
- Milk – I have found 2 groups of people – those who drink it black or those that put an inch of milk. Do what feels right. I am in the milk camp.
This process is super easy and it’s a great wind down from a long day at the office.
- Get a big mug and measure the water – dump in Kueig. Other options use an electric kettle or put on the kettle. Make sure to leave a lot of room for the milk.
- Push the heat up button, put 2 bags in the cup and place the mug under the water spout.
- When the cup is filled with hot water and it starts to brew put 3:25 on a timer and walk away.
- Get out your milk of choice and the sugar along with a spoon and a saucer.
- Timer goes off take out the bags and dump them on the saucer and add an inch or so of milk. Sweeten to taste. I like about a teaspoon.
- Stir and enjoy!
How do you like your cuppa?