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Typhoo

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
1769 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
1769 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Leaf Tea (Loose Leaf) by Typhoo
1625 tasting notes

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.)

Michelle Butler Hallett

Oooh, Typhoo. Haven’t sipped that in years. Must keep my eye out for the loose version.

ashmanra

gmathis, I love you! You made my day by saying “tetch”. I haven’t heard that since my mom passed away. My oldest relatives used tetched, het, yonder, riled up, and such regularly! I know exactly how much is “a mess” of collards. Sigh. The Southern language is truly a child of Shakespeare, having descended nearly unchanged from Elizabethan English.

gmathis

Yep—a mess of spinach for salad, and it looks like it’s clabberin’ up to rain outside today. Just holler if you want to compare further Ozark/Southern Missouri vocabulary words… and if you haven’t read “Christy,” you need to, for the colloquialisms alone!

Michelle Butler Hallett

Souther US English bears some resemblance to Newfoundland English, which remained very much unchanged from the late 1600s to about mid-20th century. Back in university, I sounded out a phonetics-written speech from Shakespeare (Juliet, “What’s in a name?”)m the phonetics supposedly showing how Elizabethans pronounced the words. Know what I heard? A blend of Newfoundland and souther US accents.

I’m all for learning to read and write in Standard English, but the dialects are often much richer in vocab. Cuppa tay, now.

Michelle Butler Hallett

You might hear “tetch” here, too. More often pronoucned “titch.”

gmathis

In the book I’m going on and on about (set in Cutter Gap, Tennessee, circa 1912), one of the discoveries of the main character is the wealth of Scots-Irish heritage that’s been buried under years of neglect, including the ballads that hearken back to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

ashmanra

Since I was a musician and performer from age 7, many people thought I was British when I was growing up! I spoke like the people I listened to all the time – namely Rex Harrison and Christopher Plummer – my heroes! But I can do terrific impressions of several Southern accents and lapse into one when I speak to a real Southerner. The Southern Belle is the most fun. My elder sister actually speaks that way! She used to lean toward me when my parents best friends visited and whisper, “They don’t know better, they’re Yankees.”

Someone asked me once if we pronounced “aunt” as “awnt” or “ant.” The answer was….neither! If you are saying, “This is my aunt,” you pronounced it “ant.” But if you were calling your aunt by name, it was “aint!” I had an Aint Ethel, and Aint Inez, and Aint Neal….they would have died laughing if we had said “awnt” and would have accused us of putting on airs!

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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I ran across this several months ago, and having an interest in British teas (and the cheap price tag) I picked up a box. Just today I finally tried a cup.

As soon as I opened the bag I had second thoughts. It looked worse that the tea in the teabags that I get at many of the local restaurants… the tea was tiny and granular. I wondered for a second if maybe it was instant. Rereading the box I realized it was not, but didn’t see how it would stay in a strainer. I got the finest mesh one in my possession and brewed up a cup to see how it would go.

It brewed very darkly! It looked more like coffee than tea. Typically, when learning about a cup of tea I start with it plain, then add things in to see if creamer or sweetener enhances the flavor. This one I just went straight to the doctoring up phase.

And you know what? It was actually pretty good. It’s not something I’d really look forward to having, but if it were rainy or cold out and I just wanted a basic cuppa, it would hit the spot! So I guess I’ve learned my lesson about preconceived notions…. this one will end up staying in my pantry until I finish it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
LENA

LOL…I picked this up at a little British store too. I don’t think I’ve tried it yet. :)

ashmanra

Sounds a lot like one my middle daughter loves called London Cuppa. We only steep it for two and a half minutes, but it is a good basic tea. We ran out and can’t find it now, so now eldest in Ireland is trying to find some to send me. Maybe this would be a good replacement. I think I saw it at Southern Season, which is BTW having their clearance sale! All teas discounted!

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92
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
3 tasting notes

My second favorite tea. It is Similar to PG Tips, But it definitely has its own taste.

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
22 tasting notes

Found these on offer, which is sadly the way I find most my teas, and now I have a whole bag of them left over.

Not my cuppa tea. Its reasonably strong but that’s is about all it has going for it. The flavour can only be described as brown. Nothing to make me go ‘OO’ in this tea bag.

Since I know so many people like this brand I won’t slate it awfully as I may get tea related hate mail or worse. Anyway this is not really what I was expecting or wanted when I saw the bags going cheap.

Oh well, not too much of a dent in my wallet and maybe I can palm them off onto a mate that likes it a bit more than me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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53

Attempt #1 at making Snapple: Tried this iced with Lemon Green from English Tea Store and a bunch of sugar. Not bad, but a kind of weird aftertaste.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
12 tasting notes

Certainly not English Breakfast tea! Typhoo is good everyday cheapo blend tea far superior to the rubbish put out by Tetleys. Nothing too special but always handy to have around when you run out of the good stuff.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Leaf Tea (Loose Leaf) by Typhoo
50 tasting notes

This tea instantly transports me to my days at Oxford, senior summer of high school. I am by no means an old fogey, but I am a sentimental human who misses England terribly!

It is basic, strong, black tea, ground finer than most loose leaf. I like it strong, with whole milk, no sugar. Not much to say flavor-wise, but I have a soft spot for it. What can I say?

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4 min, 0 sec

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Typhoo is one of those brands so identified with the UK that you really want to like it, but it’s really weak and flat in comparison to many other brands. It is better than nothing. Anyway, what do you expect from a company that has a slogan of “Making Good Tea Since 1903”. I’m not interested in “good” tea — I want great tea!

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3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I agree so much with that last line! It’s like when manufacturers talk about their ‘quality product’. Yes, but WHAT quality?

Bel27

Hi , I am tea importer & I would like to take your opinion about English breakfast tea. Thanks

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I bought some of this tea at a local British specialty store. I think I might have put too much (about 3 tablespoons) tea into the coffee filter when I made this (I was in a rush).
It tastes like your generic bland black tea. It’s very bitter if you care for that in a tea (a little too bitter for me). Also, it’s more of ground tea than loose leaf. It looks like someone just emptied out the ground black tea from the Typhoo bagged tea and packaged it as loose leaf tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
33 tasting notes

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
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75
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
5 tasting notes

A good everyday tea, great when I need a pick me up at work.

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Actually the decaf version of this, with milk. Not exciting or exotic in any way, but it’s my standard tea for drinking continuously all day every day. Sometimes you’ve just gotta take part in the “anyone fancy a cuppa?” ritual, and don’t care about oolong lapschong or whatever ;-)

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75
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
30 tasting notes

Needed the extra caffeine today, I guess.

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drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
30 tasting notes

Oh, how I love this British tea. So dark and smooth and omg, perfect for waking up.

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75
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
18 tasting notes

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75
drank English Breakfast by Typhoo
18 tasting notes

It’s either this or PG Tips in the morning. Love me some real British tea.

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