Blackwater Barry’s Tea Irish Gin is returning.
Donna Parsons writes:
Last year’s run sold-out in most retailers within a few weeks and this second limited run (10,000 bottles) is likely to sell out just as quickly.
The innovative gin combines Barry’s Tea Classic Blend with Sicilian lemons, sweet Spanish oranges, juniper berries and cinnamon.
Barry’s Tea is one of Ireland’s best loved brands, a must have in most households. A cup of tea is a daily ritual for most of us and is a welcome addition to any occasion. It’s something that we send to loved ones abroad and pack in our suitcases going on holidays.
Combining tea with gin, was an innovative and exciting move. Gin has fast become one of Ireland’s favourite spirits with a huge increase of craft distillers making some interesting blends with anything from seaweed to coriander.
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Jason Weisberger of Boing Boing compares Barry’s and PG Tips.
Who ya got?
PG Tips tastes weakly of old cardboard and has a distinctly metallic tang. I imagine jolly old English folk shredding a Vans shoebox, and adding the tiny metal flakes generated when stripping the screws of a children’s toy battery box cover.
READ ON: Ireland and England’s ‘best’ teas, reviewed by an American (Boing Boing)
Two years ago the BBC reported on shocking working and living conditions in tea estates in Assam, India.
Helena Tubridy (above} wondered where Barry’s sources its tea.
Via The Dublin Inquirer
Neither Barry’s Tea nor Lyons was willing to share the exact names of all the tea estates that they source from.
Lyons gets some from Kenya, some from Sri Lanka, and some from Assam, said Adam Fisher, the media relations manager at Unilever, which owns Lyons.
“We source from an array of tea estates and though it isn’t possible to give you the names of all of them Lyons is mostly sourced from East Africa, including Kericho,” he said. It is fully Rainforest Alliance-certified, though….
Barry’s Tea, which is not Rainforest Alliance-certified, didn’t provide a list either. It sources 90 percent of its tea from East Africa and 10 percent from India, said spokesperson Camille O’Flanagan. “We work with some of the most reputable tea estates in every region.”
Where Do Barry’s Tea and Lyons Get Their Tea From? (Dublin Inquirer)
The bitter story behind the UK’s national drink (BBC News)
The mud-coloured nectar.
For the day that’s in it.
How do you make yours?
Via Savita Rana