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As most of us might already know, most of the tea cultivated on planet earth are sold by wholesale distributors to retailers of every shape and sort. As a consumer, I feel like sometimes I have to go on a 007 recon mission to find the origin of a tea I like. What happens if the retailer of my favorite tea goes belly up, and I think I’ll never be able to buy my favorite tea again? Unbeknownst to me, that retailer repackaged my same favorite tea and resold it under a creative name making it seem like it was distinctly their own? If I can find out the wholesale distributor, I feel like I’ve lengthened the buying life of a dearly loved tea blend as a consumer. I still have to buy from a retailer, but if they go out of business, I can just search for another retailer instead of falsely mourning the death of my favorite tea. So here it is. English Breakfast tea, an unknown blend of teas in tea bags distributed by St. James Teas and repackaged in a pretty tin by the London Transport Museum and titled, “London Underground” English Breakfast tea. Is this tea out of this world? Nope, but let me tell you, for as much as I push for loose leaf tea, this pre-bagged one is currently doing the job while I am caring for my mom in the hospital during Thanksgiving week. I still boil the water, and take an oversized mug and gauge about 2 cups worth of water over two tea bags. It makes a nice strong breakfast tea with a very dark coppery color, with no bitter taste. For me whole milk and sugar are required. The taste is what I would expect of a “right in the pocket” authentic english breakfast tea. No surprises, no fancy updates. A blended taste that has been standardized and has withstood the test of time in tea years.

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Angrboda

I hope your mum gets better soon.

takgoti

Seconded. Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

Carolyn

Best wishes for health from me as well. I agree with you on the problem. It is exacerbated by the fact that tea varies seasonally. There are a few places that sell teas and name the plantations they come from (single-sourced teas). I wonder if that is a better option.

kat

Happy thanksgiving to you and well wishes and prayers for your mom. Not exactly a fun place to be, I’m sorry.

Marie

Thanks everyone for the well wishes for my mom. She’s improving little by little, however we’re still waiting to see if she’ll need surgery or not. Just staying positive and trying to find as many moments to laugh as much as we can.

Hankster Riggle

I have this exact container still sealed in original plastic. 40 Tea Bags. Now it’s a bit old but I can’t imagine that it’s lost it’s freshness. I am having financial problems and I’m trying to sell about everything I have. If you are interested, please let me know, [email protected]

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Angrboda

I hope your mum gets better soon.

takgoti

Seconded. Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

Carolyn

Best wishes for health from me as well. I agree with you on the problem. It is exacerbated by the fact that tea varies seasonally. There are a few places that sell teas and name the plantations they come from (single-sourced teas). I wonder if that is a better option.

kat

Happy thanksgiving to you and well wishes and prayers for your mom. Not exactly a fun place to be, I’m sorry.

Marie

Thanks everyone for the well wishes for my mom. She’s improving little by little, however we’re still waiting to see if she’ll need surgery or not. Just staying positive and trying to find as many moments to laugh as much as we can.

Hankster Riggle

I have this exact container still sealed in original plastic. 40 Tea Bags. Now it’s a bit old but I can’t imagine that it’s lost it’s freshness. I am having financial problems and I’m trying to sell about everything I have. If you are interested, please let me know, [email protected]

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Intergalactic tea traveler. Will stop this side of the Milky Way for piping hot black tea in a fine bone china cup with milk and sugar. Add a tea sandwich and some sweet morsels and I just might stay a while. Music, Photography, Cooking, Art, Spirituality, and the Paranormal are preferred topics of conversation.

Tea Preferences: ALWAYS loose leaf over bagged fannings or god-forbid, dust. I do bag my own loose leaf, and will resort to pre-bagged black or herbal if I have to. Black tea is always taken with milk and sugar, and herbal may escape the dairy and sweet to thrive on it’s own in the cup on occasion.

Allow yourself the possibility of a life without bagged fannings or dust – and open your heart to all that – that is loose leaf. You’ll immediately discover where ALL the flavor has escaped to. It’s like a universe of flavor you never knew existed. ;)

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