It used to be that I would never drink bagged tea and had a particularly aversion to anything CTC (cut, tear, curl). However, with a bit of education and experimentation, i came to realize there are certainly some very good and worthy bagged teas. One in particular comes to mind: Metro’s Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast. Ever since I got my hands on it, I’ve been drinking it as a late afternoon tea once a week for a few months now. I really need to invest in more Metropolitan Tea Company teas.
Decaf Irish Breakfast has an impenetrable coarse black-to-reddish brown liquor that shows a tinge of green along the edges.The spent leaves have a real fudgey, brownie-like quality that really swings. Pictured here with my porch swing where i’m most apt to be found when drinking it. Decaf Irish Breakfast entices with a brusque and sticky bold leaf aroma. In flavor, Decaf Irish Breakfast is a GBOP that offers all the lovely malt of an Irish Breakfast without the sinister caffeine or bitter aftertaste. As a GBOP, Decaf Irish Breakfast does not necessarily have a really discernable tea grit, but it does offer a lighter, dryer Assam curl than you’d expect.
One thing I particularly love about Decaf Irish Breakfast is its tea tin pictured below. ;)
- Aroma – 92
- Taste – 93
- Texture – 91
- Spunk – 93
- Price – 91
- Availability – 98 (Wholesales only on their website, i can’t really suggest where you could buy this)
- Appearance – 94
Mean score – 93%
As far as CTC blends go, Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast is just tops.