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85
drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
53 tasting notes

What? What? PG Tips, I have you! At long last!

My husband found it for me at a supermarket an hour away from where we live. The last box on the shelf! Hopefully we will manage to discover it closer by when this 40-count runs out, or convince our little neighborhood grocery to carry it. I really wanted to try this because I’ve been a tiny bit obsessed with the idea of a true, proper British cuppa, just like in the thousands of novels and stories I’ve read over the years. At last I can hang out with Bryant and May pondering the latest puzzling perils and political pitfalls faced by the Peculiar Crimes Unit over a steadying, steaming mug of builders.

“When May did so, he found every cup and saucer, plate, vase, and bowl standing arranged across the floor like pieces in a scaled-up chess game.
“The Whitstable family tree,” Bryant explained, entering and setting down his tea tray. “It’s the only way I could get it sorted out in my head. I had to see them properly laid out, who was descended from whom.” He pointed to a milk jug. “Daisy Whitstable is bottom left-hand corner, by the fireguard. Next to her is the egg cup, brother Tarquin… Now, pass me Marion and Alfred Whitstable over there.”
“What’s their significance?”
“We need them to drink out of.”

When not keeping calm and sleuthing on, I wanted this as a dependable antidote for my regular afternoon crash when I just feel like curling up into a ball and going to sleep, and yes, gloriously strong, with sugar and milk and maybe a chocolate biscuit on the side. Zing! This is the authentic article. I was concerned about the limitations of a tea bag format (even the vaunted PG Tips “pyramid” bag), but no worries there; it definitely delivers a good, dark, brisk, strong but tasty potion.

By the way, if you’ve wondered what the “PG” stands for, Wikipedia tells me that in the 1930s it was sold as “Pre-Gestee” – a variant of the original name ‘Digestive Tea.’ The name implied that it could be drunk prior to eating food, as a digestive aid. Grocers and salesmen abbreviated it to PG." Also, “The tea used in PG Tips is imported in bulk as single estate teas from around the world and blended in precise proportions set by the tea tasters to make blend 777, which can contain between 12 and 35 single estate teas at any one time (depending on season, etc.)” Blend 777! It has a code name! Okay!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 250 ML
Nattie

If you want authentic, tea bags are the way to go. Hardly anyone drinks loose leaf over here, sadly.

Nattie

Oh,and try Yorkshire Tea if you can. That’s the good stuff. PG Tips is okay, but usually tastes super weak to me. Maybe I’m too hardened, haha.

lizwykys

Ha! I was worried about that, because I think I use more loose tea than most people (for black tea, anyway), but the PG Tips bags work great for me. I will try to get Yorkshire Tea, as well!

Nattie

Glad you liked it! I drink mostly loose leaf too, and get weird looks when I’m making my ‘funny tea’ (what my family calls loose leaf!)

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70

My favorite breakfast tea! My step-dad is from England and he’s the one that introduced me to PG tips years ago. This is a delightful breakfast tea, great by itself or with milk and sugar. For a teabag tea, the flavors are bold and delicious. Highly recommended!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
3 tasting notes

Recommended by a colleague that will only drink this, I ordered from Amazon. Enjoy at work because it is better to handle tea bags over loose tea. Really enjoying the smooth and malty cup with a splash of milk. Not astringent to my taste buds. Understand that the amount of tea may change in the tea bags (based on some of the postings on the internet) but find that two bags per 16 oz cup is just about right every time for a strong cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
67 tasting notes

Nice March weather in NC, so when my wife announced she was walking to a local store I couldn’t resist joining her. Since I had no agenda, I wandered to the tea and coffee aisle where I spotted a box of PG Tips. At about a dime a tea bag, I took a calculated risk and took a box home. Exactly what I’m looking for in a morning tea! Brisk, bold, flavorful and capable of handling some milk and sweetener.

gmathis

Yep. My kind of wakey-upper.

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100
drank PG Tips Extra Strong by PG Tips
1 tasting notes

Mea culpa- I am an American barbarian about tea. My taste buds are suspect, I have no pallet… All of the above. I drank strong, over broiled green tea getting off my coffee/caffeine addiction. So saying, I like this tea. I brew it (gasp) by the bag (… uh, barbarian, hello); drinking it without cream or sugar. I have the water at precisely 190 degrees and steep for 4-to-5 minutes. I do not wring the bag. I do let it cool for a few minutes. At that point I find this tea to be flavorful with a slight woody taste I really enjoy.

Flavors: Oak wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
19 tasting notes

Classic black tea, the only plain black tea I really have around anymore. One of the only ones I put milk in. A bit tannin-y but I expect it.

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51
drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
12 tasting notes

It’s fine for what it is. Better with sugar, no milk. I used the tea bags, no sure how much that is.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
15 tasting notes

Pretty solid simple supermarket tea, nice bold flavor with a little metallic or green something taste over the top, compared to similar tea (e.g. Barry’s Gold Blend, Red Rose). Stands up well to milk and sugar, and makes a fine breakfast.

Flavors: Green Beans, Malt, Metallic, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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85
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
4 tasting notes

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81
drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
851 tasting notes

Here is one that has been a long time coming. PG Tips is such an established brand that it is almost impossible for a tea drinker to avoid products carrying the PG Tips name. Even in the middle of nowhere, I can always, and I do mean always, count on at least one or two supermarkets to carry PG Tips products (Twinings of London too). So, at some point, I was going to be reviewing a PG Tips product. It was perhaps as certain as death and taxes.

I did not do anything fancy for this one. I steeped one pyramid sachet in approximately 8 ounces of 212 F water for 3 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, I noticed slight straw and sawdust-like aromas on the nose. One thing I can say is that the PG Tips sachet is more like an enlarged conventional teabag than the silken sachets that many other vendors use. After infusion, I noticed that the dark copper tea liquor produced aromas of straw, toast, sawdust, and molasses. In the mouth, the tea was predictably brisk, tannic, and astringent, offering notes of fresh baked bread, oak, leather, sawdust, brown toast, molasses, straw, and malt before a smooth, drying finish with lingering woodiness, maltiness, and a satisfying creamy note reminiscent of oatmeal.

Honestly, this was far from bad for an ubiquitous supermarket black tea blend. I can see why it is so popular. I would have no problem recommending this to fans of brisk blends and traditional Old World brands alike.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Toast, Cream, Leather, Malt, Molasses, Oak wood, Oats, Sawdust, Straw

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Daylon R Thomas

One of my friends absolutely loves them.

eastkyteaguy

Daylon, I am in the same boat. One of my very best friends has a love affair with any sort of strong, brisk black tea blend. This and Taylor’s of Harrogate Scottish Breakfast are two of his favorites. As a matter of fact, I bought one of the 40 count boxes of PG Tips just so he and I could split it.

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60

So I bought this at Walmart. I’ve read that PG Tips US is different. Welp it’s weak. Like it wants to be a good tea when it grows up, but it just can’t get there. The flavor is mild and smooth, slightly malty, but the mildness comes off as weakness. I can’t tell if this is overly “mild” on purpose or if it’s just some piss poor weak tea. The packaging is disappointing. It’s like a giant wad of bags in a box. None of them are individually wrapped, and they’re exposed to air. Something tells me this contributes to the flaccid (yes that’s appropriate) taste. Twinnings and Bigelow English/Irish breakfast teas are MUCH better!

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
1758 tasting notes

Saw this in the store the other day and decided to see what the British are drinking. It’s not bad. I was told this was a tea made for milk and sugar so I added sugar and a splash of almond milk. The tea itself is fairly good for a teabag. It’s got a malty character and a bit of a fruity character. Maybe not as high a grade as what I’m used to but a higher grade than Lipton.

Brewed two teabags in 16oz of boiling water for 3 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Gooseberry Spoon

When I worked at a place where brewing good tea was next to impossible I drank this. I agree it’s better than Lipton, but their packaging drives me nuts.

gmathis

I like it looseleaf best, but extremely hard to find anything but bags in SW Missouri.

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39
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
14 tasting notes

Tasted like sawdust mixed with poor quality black tea.

Flavors: Sawdust

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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97
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
9 tasting notes

In between all the fancy and exquisite teas, there has to be a place for a good, reliable, no-brainer tea. I discovered this on a recent trip to Scotland and can’t go back to any other basic black tea. I use one pyramid bag to 16 oz. boiling water and let it steep for at least four minutes before I pour my first cup. Milk and sugar or sweetener enhances the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank PG Tips Decaf by PG Tips
1 tasting notes

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100
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
13 tasting notes

Este té me encanta, solo o con leche y normalmente lo preparo con agua de canela.
Me gusta más que el famoso Twinings.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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28
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
1 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 280 ML

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80
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
18 tasting notes

I thought a new personal review of this tea was needed since PG Tips sort of did a ‘new Coke’ last year. Early in 2015 PG Tips reduced the size of their tea bags from 3.1g to 2.9g. To compensate for this minor reduction and still achieve the same great taste the blend was slightly changed. I must say they did a good job of hiding the change. The tea still brews up into that nice malty/cocoa flavour. The only difference I taste is a slight bitterness if it is over steeped. Otherwise this is the same great cuppa it always has been.
A classic Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan English tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 g 7 OZ / 207 ML

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100
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
12 tasting notes

Love this! Replaced my morning coffee. I add milk to this tea and it keeps me wide awake.

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74
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
630 tasting notes

Best. Builder’s tea. Ever. Seriously, this with a splash of skim milk and I feel ready to take on the day . Ready for anything, really. It’s hearty, earthy, strong, sturdy as a rock. It’s the regular drip coffee of the tea world. I had two cuppas this morning. (I need it— we’re short-staffed this week and I am in no mood for peoples’ whining and complaining.)

Onward!

Flavors: Earth, Grass

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74
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
630 tasting notes

I’ve been meaning to try this one for a while now. I have seen enough BBC television show sets and read enough modern British lit to know that this is the working Englishman’s go-to tea. Also, my boyfriend works with a Scot, an Irishman, and several English people and they have all introduced him to it. “It’s the OG tea,” he told me. “You’ll like it.”

I brewed it up this morning in my purple butterfly fine china teacup with a dash of skim milk. I like the uniqueness of the sachets— it’s a pyramid shape made of meshlike paper— ideal for allowing the water to hit the leaves completely.

The tea liquor was a reddish-brown color, which looked delicious mingled with the opaqueness of the milk. It almost looked pink!

It held its own against the milk very well, flavor-wise. It tasted… strong. Like, it tasted like it could bench 450 lbs. Smooth, not astringent, lots of room to add whatever you want to it— milk, sugar, honey, lemon, etc.

Found my new go-to for Builder’s Tea.

keychange

Oh yeah, everyone needs a non-fussy strong tea in their life, that’s for sure.

teaqueen

Plus we found it in the English Food section of the store, so I felt all worldly and stuff buying it. :D

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
14 tasting notes

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91
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
4 tasting notes

This is my usual Go To Tea for when I do not want any added flavors. I enjoy the richness! I drink tea usually iced but enjoy this warm with milk & honey also.

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