Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day Part 3

Tea Review

Melody, Kaya, Lanie, 2 or more, Haley, Kirsten, Xyra

Harney & SonsIrish Breakfast Tea

What are we having for breakfast this St. Patrick's Day?
Irish Breakfast tea, of course.
AND Irish soda bread!
Xyra picked up this box of Harney & Sons Irish Breakfast tea at the grocery store.
The bread too.
Let's use the pot from Lady Webby!
Yes! The tea is in bags, so we won't need the infuser. I'll set it aside on the holder.
What are the details?
Well, it says that it's 100% Assam, hand-picked Indian black tea.
That means bold flavor with a malty undertone.
Also means good with milk and sugar.
I've got the tea bag in the pot. After we add water, how long should it steep?
Says 5 minutes.
Ready for the water.
Set the timer.
While the tea steeps I'll cut the soda bread.

(Timer beeps)
Looks good. Let's pour!
It smells wonderful!
Hard to explain the aroma.
Smells like good tea with no floral or fruity notes.
First taste is plain.
Yeah, well-rounded flavor. In a pinch you could easily drink this plain; it's not bitter.
I bet this would make a great iced tea in the summer.
Second taste with honey.
Not bad. 
Gives a floral flavor to the tea.
Third, sugar.
This is nice.
But there is something missing.
I can't quite put my finger on it.
Fourth, milk and sugar.
Yep, this is what was missing.
The milk pulls more of the malt flavor.
Lovely. I think I've read the Irish would only drink it this way.
Grab the tray and let's take breakfast out to Haley and Kirsten.
Awesome! My stomach is starting to growl.
Too bad we don't have any Irish oatmeal.
Next year!
I wonder if Lady Marvin of the Lamppost had any Irish Breakfast tea this morning.

Did you have anything Irish today? If yes, what was it?


Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or Harney & Sons Teas. The review was unsolicited and all opinions expressed are our own. All links are provided purely for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is required.

Bread note: According to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread what we have here is not really a true soda bread but more along the lines of a "spotted dog" bread or tea cake as the ingredients indicate egg and raisins.


  1. Lovely story! :) The tea looks super good! I hope you enjoyed it!

    - Ellie

    1. Thank you. It is a really good tea - just tea with no fancy flavors.