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What brands of tea should I try?

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What brands of tea should I try?

I'm heading to Ireland (finally!) in a couple of weeks. I'm quite tea drinker, and as I travel I like to pick up some of the local brands to enjoy at home and reminisce. What do the locals favour? I'm talking about black tea in particular.

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1. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

Barry's, Lyons & Bewleys, I prefer Lyons & bring it back w/me.

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2. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

Barrys Gold Blend - the one in the red box. This is the tea-bag version. They also do a loose-leaf version of all their blends. http://barrysteashop.ie/

You can get Barrys tea countrywide. Easiest place to find them is in supermarkets.

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3. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

Will you be in Dublin? We have three lovely tea shops you might want to visit, they all sell tea and tea accessories :

Clement and Pekeo, South William Street

Oolong Flower Power Tea Shop, Stephen's Street

Wall and Keogh's Richmond St

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4. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

There is a very small very old fashioned shop in Dingle that appears to sell nothing but Barry's tea , it is stacked up in the window, and a bit of greengrocery. I am always tempted to go in and ask 'do you have any Barry's tea?'

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5. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

I'm with keshgrammy, Lyons gold blend, though I have been drinking Barry's gold blend recently (it was on offer!) and I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

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6. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

BTW, If you are intending to bring tea back home, remember to declare it.

Hope this helps

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7. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

Is tea one of the things you need to declare?

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8. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

You need to declare any product (esp. food) you have on you, or, in your bags. Customs can confiscate what you don't declare.

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9. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

Also try Thompson's tea too. There is also Tetley, PG Tips, and Lipton's as well, although these are not traditionally Irish.

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10. Re: What brands of tea should I try?

I must admit that I've never heard of Thompson's tea. Robert Roberts Kenyan is my favourite, followed by Bewley's gold blend. Barry's gold blend and Lyons are pretty good too.