WHEN it comes to tea, the Irish know a thing or two – it is a quintessential part of Irish life after all.
Whether it’s to offer a warm welcome to a guest, calm your nerves after a crisis or simply to get you up and going in the morning, the Irish will testify there’s nothing like a good strong cup of tea to sort you out.
And we have some of the best of course – a box of Barry’s or Lyons is essential for anyone leaving Ireland, even if it's just to go on holiday.
So what do Irish people make of different teas from around the world, and how do they stack up against Irish-branded tea?
The folks at Facts have been putting Irish people to the taste test again, this time getting them to sample global variations of the Irish staple – with surprising results.
First off was a blind-tasting of Irish brand Bewley’s, which went down well with all concerned, with one person even identifying the brand.
But the taste buds are really put through the wringer as they sample matcha tea from Japan (“coffee on crack”) and rooibos tea from South Africa (“penetrated with scented candles”).
They still fared better than Rize from Turkey – “like dirty water – it’s English isn’t it?”
London fog – an Earl Grey latte with vanilla syrup combination that originated in Canada – completes the line-up.
But did Ireland come out on top? Check out the results and hilarious reactions below.