A cup of milk tea has been given its highest praise from Ireland’s most esteemed milk tea experts.
A taste of the Milk Tea Lab at the Irish Embassy in London is the first taste of milk in an Irish milk tea for the first time.
A cup of Irish milk with milk from a nearby milk farm is then served on the table and then left to ferment in a hot, dark room.
The Milk Tea Laboratory is run by Dr Gwen O’Reilly from the University of Limerick’s Milk Research Institute.
She said milk tea was one of the best tasting foods that was possible.
Dr O’ Reilly said the best milk in Ireland was from milk farms in the north, which she said produced about 70% of all the milk.
“I think we are very fortunate to have that milk,” she said.
“And I think that is one of our best places to find it.”
It’s not as important as it was 20 or 30 years ago.
“But there are milk farmers around, and they do a great job.”
The Milk Lab at Dublin’s Irish Embassy, which has been used for nearly three decades, is a five-acre site with a kitchen, a cupboard and a cafe.
The tasting room has two separate areas with large glass displays and shelves that hold a variety of products.
Dr Gwen said there was a range of milk and tea available for tasting, with tea being most popular.
“There are various types of tea and different varieties of milk, and there are different types of milk that you can choose from, but the milk you get from the milk farm has a particular taste,” she explained.
“We’re looking for milk from farms that are well-managed and we have some very good examples.”
A cup is made from about a dozen milk and milk-producing cows.
A sample is placed on a table in the tasting room and then boiled to remove all of the milk solids.
After the cup is boiled, it is transferred to a hot kitchen.
A large, black-and-white photograph of the kitchen is on the wall of the tasting space.
“You get the milk and you then get a white-and green liquid, and you taste it,” Dr Gen said.
“And you get the taste, but you also get the nutrition.”
Dr Gen is keen to ensure that the Milk Lab’s products are produced responsibly and in a way that contributes to the sustainability of Irish dairy.
“The Irish milk is produced responsibly.
We use a lot of environmentally friendly practices,” she noted.”
When we make milk from these farms, we have a certain amount of greenhouse gases produced and we don’t release any of that into the environment.”
What we have done is to produce a sustainable product that is environmentally friendly, and that has a strong, rich flavour.
“If you buy a product that doesn’t taste as good as it does when it’s from a farmer who has been milk farming for decades, then you’re not buying the milk,” Dr O’ said.