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I was running out of tea mid-week, and this was the result of an emergency re-stocking run. My usual go-to for grocery store blacks = Yorkshire, but I already had an 80 count box at home, and I didn’t really want to shell out the money for a duplicate. So I grabbed this, instead. And well, this is probably the best kick in the pants I have ever gotten from a tea. It’s loud, it’s feisty, and it’s kind of crude. Think of feeling drowsy in a bar and having some hooligan suddenly start shrieking beside you. That’s basically the embodiment of this tea. It’s not a gentle wake up call, it’s not going to give you a smooth transition into your morning. This tea is unapologetic and vicious.
I appreciate how strong it is, because let’s face it, Toronto pre-6am? Ughhhh. No thank you. But at the same time, this tea is ridiculously bitter, and it leaves a rather unpleasant aftertaste in my mouth. A woody sensation? Eek. This is definitely at its best with a generous pour of milk, and maybe even a drop of sugar.
this tea delivers a smooth cup with almost no aftertaste and the caffeine content seems higher than average too. however, i am honestly not sure how to describe the flavor of this one. it surely has a flavor because even with extra sugar, the tea flavor remains unaltered and the sweet flavor i want never shows up. perhaps the word for the flavor is whatever the opposite of malty is, unsure, but it is definitely not weak. i made 3 full pots and 2 more cups of varying strength and steeping time. i simply could not find a combination i would want to drink everyday. i also sent it to my girlfriends house who lives with 2 other tea drinkers and the only person who drank it more than once in that house was me and it was only because she kept making it for me since she thought i wanted her to do so…
further, this blend is made without any teas from africa and i am wondering if that may be what is missing for me in the flavor. (i ended up combining the remaining 5+ tbsp with an equal portion of taylors of harrogate pure assam and then added a small amount of scottish breakfast as well.)
I like to keep bagged black tea for the mornings that I can have with milk and sugar, and after trying so many brands, I thought I should finally give Typhoo a try. Well, it’s not bad at all. Nothing special about it, but nothing to complain about either. Standard black tea seems to be a good description. I like this better than PG Tips, which had a woody aftertaste that I was not very fond of.
When I ran out of PG Tips (which I often drink for my morning tea when I am not interested in subtlety, but just need to wake up), I saw a small box of this at the tea shop and decided to give it a try to compare. I’m gonna stick with PG Tips. This is decent, basic black tea in the same sort of style, but it doesn’t have as much flavor to me. I’m just more fond of the PG Tips.
improbably this tea appeared in our local Canadian grocery store a few months ago & i’ve been hankering to try it. it’s a serviceable tea, a tea drinker’s tea. tastes similar to Red Rose, an old family favourite. it is tea I believe my Yorkshire parents would find acceptable. at 4 minutes steeped, with the addition of one sugar cube & a dollop of milk, it is just the right strength. this is the tea you serve to a person who has had an emotional upset. it will soothe them.
Since I thought Typhoo was a little weak at 2 1/2 minutes, we decided to try it at 4 minutes. It is definitely stronger, but I can’t say I like it any better! I wouldn’t even want it without milk and sugar, and even with milk and sugar I would rather have a glass of water! I was glad for the opportunity to try it, though!
I am drinking this tea courtesy of a lovely couple we just met in a stained glass shop. They live in Ireland (he is Irish, she is British) and vacation here every year, and bring their tea with them! They shared several sachets of Typhoo when I mentioned that I like tea.
I only steeped this for a couple of minutes due to my experience with Clipper Gold, which needs merely to be shown the hot water and then whisked away. I think it is a little on the weak side, so next time I will steep longer. It is not a tea full of nuance, but rather a very standard tea – not nearly as strong as the English breakfast teas I have had. Still, it is good to taste a new tea on the trip, and the best part was meeting sweet new people!
A treat—-was able to pick up an experimental ounce bulk at my getting-better-all-the-time favorite little health food store. Looks just like PG tips—ground fine, but used in the same proportions, seems to be just a tetch lighter and brighter in flavor (not in appearance). Would have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure, and tea geeky as I am, I’d love to do that, but time is going to be a tight commodity this week. (Sigh. Not a great thought for an early Monday morning.)
I bought this tea at a local English pub with a small shoppe in it selling British goods. A box of this tea, some Quavers, and a Mars bar, and I’m walking out a happy girl after finishing my curry chicken. I actually ordered PG Tips to drink while there as my husband downed a London Porter with his meat pie. When I got the tea I noticed the round tea bag and thought it was weird since the PG Tips I have in my cupboard comes in pyramid shaped bags but when I sipped it nothing seemed amiss. When I got home and opened my newly purchased box of Typhoo to try for the first time, I recognized that this is what they served me instead of PG Tips. They both taste very similar and are both similarly strong when steeped for even the shortest amount of time. I pour the water from my kettle directly on to the bag (a process I do with all my tea bags and infusers because I believe it makes it steep faster in my impatient mind) and smush it around with my tea bag tongs for about 10 seconds then throw it away. It packs a punch even with such a minimal steep time. With teas other than PG Tips, Yorkshire, and now Typhoo I usually prefer to leave the tea bag or infuser in the entire time I’m drinking it because I like it strong, but those 3 kick my taste buds butt. Recommend if you like PG Tips and Yorkshire.
Every morning for as long as I can remember, my father’s breakfast has consisted of a pot of black tea and a slice of toast. My mother would put a bag of Typhoo into the pot first thing after stumbling out of bed. Then, after putting the kettle on, her sleep-addled brain would decide she’d forgotten to put a teabag in the pot and she’d go add a second one; then, after packing his lunch, she’d end up adding another one, and a fourth right before pouring the boiling water into the pot. Needless to say, I grew up drinking this brewed very strong. (These days, my father makes his own tea and packs his own lunch, and my mother sleeps in. Quite right, too.)
When I was in high school and stumbling toward my 6:00AM choir practice, I’d pour this into a travel mug and absent-mindedly dump about half the sugar bowl in with it. These days, I try to be better about limiting my sugar to a more reasonable half-spoonful, but whenever I’ve had an absolutely terrible week, I brew up an extra strong pot of Typhoo and go mad with the sugar. Maybe it doesn’t reflect the most refined palette, but it tastes like home.
Paul McCartney mentions that he and John Lennon would try to smoke this in his dads pipe. Hmm? I like the loose leaf Typhoo good with milk or without, very powdery and dark, but compared to cheap American tea it is way more flavorful. It tastes like black tea should. The Typhoo tea bags I have found to be way less consistent in quality.