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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 g 10 oz / 289 ml

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  • “I finally got a box of this last evening. So though I typically like to brew a pot of loose leaf tea on weekend mornings, and I just got several other fun teas from Tealuxe, I was excited to start...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Two cups this morning first thing. Take my daughter to preschool for her first full day then come home to enjoy one of my last lazy mornings before I start work tomorrow. Third cup with a buttery...” Read full tasting note
    rabbysmom 92 tasting notes
  • “So, I've stopped just logging my teas if I don't have anything new to add to because then my log would get a bit out of hand. So don't think I'm not drinking my tea, I'm just being lazy about...” Read full tasting note
    teafiend 61 tasting notes
  • “We had an English pub open up right down the street from us less than a month ago. I stopped by there this evening after dropping the husband off at the airport. We've been there twice before and I...” Read full tasting note
    nburriss 595 tasting notes

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PG Tips has been the best known and most popular brand of tea in the UK for over 75 years. Stronger than most Indian and African teas, PG Tips has a similar taste to our English Breakfast Tea.

Always innovating and improving its products, PG Tips features pyramid-shaped tea bags, which allow more room for tea to infuse and produce a better flavor. The Freeflow material used in PG Tips tea bags is made of webbed fibers, which allow water to pass through the filter, reaching the tea quickly and decreasing the brewing time. The Freeflow Pyramid bags result in fast brewing and a superior taste.

Contents: 40 teabags, 4.4 oz

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106 Tasting Notes

804 tasting notes

I finally got a box of this last evening. So though I typically like to brew a pot of loose leaf tea on weekend mornings, and I just got several other fun teas from Tealuxe, I was excited to start the day with this one.

So now begins the experimentation to determine how I like this brewed. I started with a 3 minute steep and I’m having it plain. The flavor is exactly what I want out of a breakfast style tea, but stronger than I expected. I’m probably going to experiment with a shorter steep next time. I will definitely be experimenting with the milk/sweetener as well.

Yay for tea related projects!

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I’m firmly convinced that PG tips can do no wrong. I tend to lean toward the strong and unleaded side, but I know that you’re watching caffeine a bit, so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with a short steep.


Glad you finally got a box! I think I have you to thank for my now addiction to PG Tips in the am:) I’m now on my 2nd box. I do 8oz to a tea bag, add two sugar cubes and milk for a great flavor. Usually 3 to 4 minute steep, but just depends on if I loose track or not, lol. Usually I’m making 16 oz with 2 teabags to put in my big mug for the drive to work. This turns into a pinky brownish liquid, which makes no sense, but I have come to love that color because it indicates one good cuppa to get me going in the morning :) Are there Bi-Lo’s in NC? They are always putting PG Tips on sale for buy one get one free.


I am absolutely envious of the grocery stores everywhere else except where I am … PG Tips only available (rather pricey-like) at health food/specialty import store. Tazo and Republic of Tea is as exotic as it gets around here. Sigh.


@gmathis: I’m looking forward to the strong and unleaded version in the future!! I didn’t start seeing PG Tips in our groceries until somewhat recently… maybe they’re coming? If not, you can get deals on PG Tips through Amazon, even through the Subscribe and Save program (where you set it up to send you a recurring order for a discount): There’s also a current special at Amazon: Save 25% on PG Tips when you enter code TIPSPG44 at checkout. Hope this helps! :)

@rabbysmom: Haha, I didn’t realize I was spinning off addictions! I might be late to it in the scheme of things, but I think I’m going to be right there with you. :) Awesome steeping/milk/sugar information, too. I’ll try that out next! I wonder what the pinkish color is about. It’ll be fun to see in person. There are a few Bi-Los around, but none near me. I was able to use a Harris Teeter VIC card to bring down the price a bit, though….

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92 tasting notes

Two cups this morning first thing. Take my daughter to preschool for her first full day then come home to enjoy one of my last lazy mornings before I start work tomorrow. Third cup with a buttery english muffin and some Bible reading. All good things.


Sounds like a lovely morning. Hope your transition to working-away-from-home life is gentle!


Thanks! It has been gentle enough:) Anything is exciting, really when you’ve been home with a toddler for 3 years;)


I love the tea + Bible equation. I need to figure out how I can read mine while drinking from my matcha bowl. That may be the only bad thing about matcha- well that and the texture, caffeine, and tannin combo prevents me from drinking it all day.

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61 tasting notes

So, I’ve stopped just logging my teas if I don’t have anything new to add to because then my log would get a bit out of hand. So don’t think I’m not drinking my tea, I’m just being lazy about posting it.

Anyways, this is getting special notice as I’m on vacation up in N, and forgot to bring this one with me. No worries I’ve got my Jakee Muntz, Valentines, chocolate chai, and some Candy Cane Lane to accompany me. But I missed my PG tips (for the whole day we were separated) so when my dad went to the tiny little market in backwater NH, I asked him to poke around to see if this happened to be there.

And it was! much to my surprise and delight. Some days I can’t even find it in the big chain market and I usually have to look in the international aisle. So, this little mountain town general store had a couple boxes, and now I know what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
I had a nice mug with a bit of milk and settled in front of the fire with my family (and orgo book).


Oh man, orgo. I do not envy you. But I suppose for you premeds [right?] it’s one of those unavoidable nuisances.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Go team pre-med! Its actually not that bad, because I like the material, but getting it right is so hard.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

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595 tasting notes

We had an English pub open up right down the street from us less than a month ago. I stopped by there this evening after dropping the husband off at the airport. We’ve been there twice before and I have been pleased to see that their hot tea offering is PG Tips (noted on the menu by name) and offered in a teapot, not just a cup.

Yeah…it’s like the English version of Lipton but better, and by better I mean stronger. :) It also seems to be more forgiving of water temperatures that are likely far too cool to steep a lot of teas satisfactorily. The first two times it was a pyramid bag. Tonight it was a bag like Celestial Seasonings – flat, square, meshy/papery. I wonder if they had run out or something, because it wasn’t as hefty as before either. Or maybe it was a flat bagged version of PG Tips rather than the pyramids.

At any rate, while nothing I want to keep around, it’s a very passable restaurant tea. :) I do wish I could find PG Tips Strong in a store around here to try out…

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I can find it bagged pretty easily, but my source for looseleaf/bulk dried up. Missing it.


I have never even seen it loose.

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172 tasting notes

Tonight I steeped this for a shorter time than last time and I realized it’s not as bad as I thought, it is a tiny bit better than other grocery store blacks but still, not by much. It’s still boring and flat and leaves me wanting more. But the good news is that I got an early allowance tonight and placed an order with Teavivre for 3.5 ounces each of their bailin gongfu black and tie guan yin, I’m very excited. I wish Teavivre had an earl grey tea, for some reason I’m REALLY craving bergamot lately which is strange for me. I’m almost tempted to go buy a box of Twinings earl grey (that’s how much I’m craving bergamot). But that’s enough rambling for now…

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613 tasting notes

Dumbest idea ever to make a 3-cup mug of this at 1:15 in the morning, but we’ve been up late unexpectedly chatting with a pal about movie directors and video games and whatever else and I don’t know, I always crave bold stuff during those late night conversations. Rereading Harney copy about the divide between more refined, modern day sweet and delicate Chinese tea preference and that old school Indian brisk black tea world reminded me how no matter how far I come along with tea exposure, my heart’s with those legacy teas due to nostalgia.

Probably be mad at myself tomorrow morning when I don’t sleep tonight, but right now I’m enjoying the heck out of this with lots of milk and way more sugar than I normally take.

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I hit a wall with my other english breakfast tea (Mr. St. James repackaged as the London Transport Museum), jumping through dangerous internet hoops of fire to find the origin of this recent morning bagged favorite. In a slight panic mode to find a worthy kick-start replacement, I purchased PG Tips. I figured if this is one of the top breakfast teas in England, then the blend might be very similar as I have all but given up hope of finding this tea. It’s the pyramid PG tips bag. At first when I poured the boiled water over the bag the water was very light. I thought, “Uh oh” I might have to double up. Then a minute later the water transformed into a beautiful deep dark coppery color signaling the robust flavor I had been searching for. The mix is indeed similar, with a little bit more weight on the assam (at least to me, does anyone know of the traditional blend has equal parts Ceylon, Kenyan, and Assam leaves for the formula?). I decided to stop at 3 minutes of steeping fearing the bitter would set in, and might double dare myself to try 4 minutes next time. Caffeine kick on one bag at 3min. is impressive – even with milk and sugar. The flavor shines right through. Although bagged tea is a rough 2nd choice to loose leaf, I am beginning to see that with a “Great” quality bagged tea, I can still get a pretty decent flavor, I just need to make sure I don’t drown the tea bag in too much water.

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Can u tell me your top few companies that u would choose as next best thing to loose tea? I think I wanna try eggnog in a bag but can’t find it loose anywhere..


Hey Kat! If you like milk in your tea, you can always brew black tea, pour it in your cup, and then pour a little eggnog in to sweeten and flavor. English brands do a great job with straight-up hard black teas in a bag. They know their Brit’s like the caffeine kick (hope I’m not offending anyone). Auggy turned me onto A great place to find top British tea bagged brands. Although I find the more delicate flavors deserve extra room for the larger dried leaves to unfurl – so tend to prefer loose leaf there. Right now my top companies are Metropolitan Tea Company (a wholesaler) and Taylors of Harrogate.


Thanks Ames! I’ll check it out. Good idea bout sticking with blacks..makes perfect sense to me! I’ll check out those 2 spots too…right on. :)

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248 tasting notes

I ran out of my Extra Strong Black Tea by Marks & Spencer, and since importing it is ridiculously expensive — I’m switching over to PG Tips (available much more easily in the US, and can be purchased at World Market to add to my explorer points).

I’ve been having my A&D’s assam with milk for my afternoon tea, but since I’m travelling for the next few weeks I decided it was easier and just as tasty to snag a box of PG Tips.


It was better than other teabag blacks, but nothing special IMHO!


Ha, everyone seems to be loving Marks and Spencer teas. Don’t you have their stores over in the US? I live in Eastern Europe and we still have plenty of them.

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62 tasting notes

PG Tips. Again. Seriously. We buy it in boxes that are bigger than my head. Where does it all go? Where has the last year gone? In between the 65+ hour workweeks, the trip across country for my grandfather’s funeral, the new job, the trip across country for my brother’s wedding, there is a steady rhythm of caffeine jolts that keeps everything moving.

That’s PG Tips: not fancy, not delicate, but reliable: quick to steep, able to stand up to an omelet (even an omelet covered in tomatillo salsa) consistently delivering needed energy.

Let’s hear it for the “best supporting actress”, the janitor, the viola player, and PG Tips: all those who make life better from the background.

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162 tasting notes

Picked this up today at the International Food Market after forgetting to pick some up the last few times I went. I swear I always forget something even if I have a list with me.

First tried steeping this for 3 minutes (which is where I start all black teas) because I don’t like really strong tea. But 3 minutes was WAY too long for my tastes. Whoa. It was strong beyond belief to me. I couldn’t even finish a few sips. So I tossed out that cup and tried again with a 1 minute steep time. Much, much better.

This is a good basic black tea for everyday. Nothing extraordinary, but it does the trick of satisfying the tea craving.

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