IRISH tea company Lyons has revealed which county in Ireland makes the strongest cup of tea and which is mad for milk.
The humble teabag is a staple in Irish homes across the country, but how we like it differs from county to county.
Lyons carried out a survey of 1,001 people across the 26 counties, quizzing them on brew time, sweetness and milkiness.
And based on their research, the people of Sligo make the strongest cup of tea in Ireland.
The county scored a table-topping 7.5 out of 10 on Lyons’ strength chart, helped no doubt by brewing their tea longer than anyone else (217 seconds) and adding the least sugar.
They also added just three teaspoons of milk, with only Laois and Leitrim adding less.
Milk and sugar fans
However people in Longford appear to like a drop of tea with their milk and not the other way around, adding a whopping 10 teaspoons of milk to their cup.
That’s the milkiest in Ireland, way ahead of second-placed Donegal, who added 7.5 teaspoons.
You’ll also likely get a fairly anaemic-looking cuppa in Monaghan, where brew time was shortest at just 39 seconds.
Meanwhile when it comes to sugar, people in Offaly appear to have a sweet tooth, adding more than anyone else, albeit just over a teaspoon.
Lyons collated the results by province, with Leinster dubbed the Average Joes, Munster the Sweet Talkers, Ulster was crowned the Milky Waheys and Connacht were Dark and Stormy.
Ann Marie Finucane, Brand Manager for Lyons Tea, said: “Research shows that the provinces of Ireland have different personali-teas and at Lyons Tea, we know the importance of making the tea drinking experience a personal one.
“Tea taking preferences have been at the centre of much discussion in Ireland and we’re really excited today to launch this research and settle the debate on how the nation likes to make their tea.”
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