67 Tasting Notes

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drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
67 tasting notes

PG Tips in pyramid bags taste better than PG Tips in regular bags. I have no idea why. The pyramid bags are also strong enough to make two cups of tea. I like to take milk and sugar in mine, but others like to put in lemon juice. This is a good tea to wake you up. I’m convinced that PG Tips has more caffeine in it than other brands, but I can’t prove this. Sadly, pyramid bags are not available in my part of America. They are one of the teas that I miss about my years in the UK. Went really well with a bakewell tart, too – which you also can’t get in America.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec
Angrboda

Supposedly the pyramid bags allow a better flow of water and more space for the leaves than the traditional type bags, giving a more complete-ish (this is not really the word I’m looking for but I give up) sort of flavour. Maybe that’s what you can detect?

Suzi

There’s a couple of different companies I’ve seen using the pyramid bags – Tea Forte is the one that springs to mind most readily – and the presentation is really, really cool looking.

Rena Sherwood

Angrboda: I know PG Tips says the pyramid shape helps the tea leaf bits expand better, but I’m never sure if they were just making up clever sounding BS. But maybe there is something to it.

I agree with you, Suzi — the shape is really cool! Lipton is doing a pyramid shape herb & green or white tea line, but the ones I’ve tried have been pretty bad.

teaplz

I’d love it if I could find some PG Tips anywhere! I want to taste what the British drink on a daily basis.

Jillian

Red Rose is a fairly close approximation to PG tips I’ve found, although since the US branch has been bought up by Lipton recently I have no idea if they’ve changed suppliers or quality.

Rena Sherwood

I had a cuppa Red Rose Mountain Blend this morning and agree that it’s the closest to PG Tips. I haven’t noticed a change in taste in the last couple of years.

Gander

You can order it from Amazon.com, and they are quite affordable. 40 count is $3.99 and a pack of 6 is $22.06, etc. If you want to buy in large amounts, $25+ order is eligible for free shipping. That’s how I get mine. Hope that helps!

Rena Sherwood

Cheers, Gander!

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This is the best tasting of the PG Tips line if you want a solid caffinated cuppa. The leaves are very strong, so you will usually need less than you think you’ll need. Expect to waste a couple of teaspoons while figuring out the right amount and brew times for you. Personally, I think it’s best brewed in a brown pottery-like teapot, but that’s just me. I’ve also had good results from a French press (cafetire, usually for coffee). The leaves are great for tasseography (reading the future by looking at tea leaves).

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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19

I really don’t like drinking this tea, but my Mom does, so that’s it’s got as high a rating as it does. It’s mild to the point of non-existence, even when steeeped for ten minutes. My Mom has a far more sensitive pallette than I do. But I do highly recommend this tea for all of you Pagans or Wiccans out there who need herbs and spices for magick spells. Vanilla attracts love, cinnamon attracts wealth an luck and star anise attracts … oh, heck, I forget what what it attracts. Probably ‘ease of communication’ or something like that. You can use the tea as is or ground up even more. Cool tea that you don’t want to drink can be used to water plants.

Preparation
8 min or more

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64
drank Quickbrew by Tetley
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I have very fond memories of this tea when I lived in the UK, but I’ve never seen it upon my return to America. As it’s name suggests, it only needs breweing of 30 seconds or less to get a rounded, full-bodied basic cuppa. When you come in from a bad day or a drecnching downpour, this helps warm you up fast. It also helped when you had company suddenly drop in unannounced. When I was homeless in the UK, it also helped that it brewed so quickly because I needed the hot drink quickly when living in the woods. Some fellow homeless told me to use instant tea, but my life was bad enough already.

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec

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69

One of Stash’s most memorable black teas, but you have to be in the mood for it. It seems better as an afternoon or dessert tea than a morning or “I gotta get going now” tea.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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67

I’d love to give a more detailed description of the taste, but my Mom keeps beating me to this tea. She loves to make iced tea out of it and that uses up 4 or 5 bags per pot. I’m not a big fan of fruity teas but my memory is telling me that this one is exceptionally good and not too sweet or syrupy. There is a video about it on YouTube by someone who perhaps is a little too fond of this tea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de0NcRmxVwI

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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79

Found this in a Stash Organic variety pack. If mint tea was silk, this would be it. In-freakin-credible!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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23
drank British Blend by Tetley
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British Blend? As if! American Blend is a more accurate name. I lived in England for five years and this Tetley tastes like a pale shadow of the Tetley in England.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Plantation Mint by Bigelow
67 tasting notes

Smooth mint tea that goes well with chocolate goodies. It also helps to ease digestive embarassments if you’ve overindulged in dinner. Be careful not to oversteep or it can get too strong. Although Bigelow advertises that you can make two cups out of one Plantation Mint tea bag, I found the second cup to be rather weak. I like sniffing the foil pouch the tea bag comes in. I’m not the only one, am I?

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
crypticgeek

You’re definitely not the only one!

Rena Sherwood

I hope sniffing the bag isn’t illegal where I live.

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81

The only tea I’ve ever had where black pepper was an ingredient. This is Super Chai and goes very well with dessert or Asian food, especailly curry. As noted before, it can be overpowering if you drink more than one cup a day because the mouth will start to burn.

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