Almost one in four Irish people say they judge others on their tea making abilities and the majority of tea drinkers consider the hot beverage as a source of comfort.

New research commissioned by Lyon’s Tea has revealed that 56 percent of Irish tea drinkers feel that someone knows them if they make them a cup of tea to their liking.

The study conducted by Amárach Research showed that a whopping 87 percent of people drink tea each week and that 41 percent  make at least three cups in work on a daily basis.

Some 80 percent of tea drinkers think Irish tea is a source of comfort and 84 percent enjoy the beverage when they are trying to unwind. Using a specially developed pantone range of tea shades; from ‘perfect tan’ to ‘milky way’, it was revealed that ‘perfect tan ’is the best tea shade for 20 percent of Irish people’

Commenting on the research, Dr Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist said, “Small courtesies, warm smiles and making a cup of tea the way someone likes it, shows recognition and awareness - that you care about them.

“When people make tea for someone they’re making an emotional connection which in turn increases fondness and trust, thus enabling the relationship to grow and develop.”

The research comes on the back of the launch of Lyons Tea's newly crafted range of richer tasting tea including Fresh Blend and Evening Blend.