1 Tasting Note
1. PG Tips is, at this point, my sole morning tea option. I have always loved it. It has a warm, full-bodied morning glow to it … a great way to start the day, and I don’t seem to tire of it.
2. That being said: I think that all of the reviews pro-and-con are accurate. Steeping time is critical.
If you want to drink this tea without milk/cream/sugar/bitterness, you will probably want to keep the steeping time in the 90sec.-to-250sec. range… certainly not one second longer than 3 minutes.
I always want to drink this tea with milk&sugar, and so I try to keep the steeping time in the 3.5min.-to-4.0min. range… The bitterness that results from the longer steep-time is nicely assuaged by the milk and sugar. I can’t really drink a 5min.-steeped cup of PG Tips if it has nothing added to it.
Regarding the pyramid bag: I think it’s brilliant; these tea leaves are loaded with flavor, and the pyramid bag seems to provide optimal transfer… which is why an extra few seconds of steeping can make a big difference.
One other point: If you do a short steep, it is quite conceivable to re-use the bag for a second cup… that 2nd cup would be well-less-caffeinated as well.