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Tea at grandfather’s today. Usually I do Copper Cow Coffee while I’m cooking and cleaning at his house but coffee can upset my stomach sometimes and my stomach hasn’t been happy the last couple days anyway, so it’s a tea day. Nothing fancy, just “grocery store fancy” black tea with some sweetened condensed milk in my big ceramic lined travel mug. I prefer it with a little maple sugar and half and half but I was trying to limit the amount of stuff I was dragging with me.
I don’t really consider this good black tea (good compared to the other grocery store blacks around here, though!) and I don’t like it plain but it’s decent with cream and sugar and maybe a couple cookies. Today’s cookies were Biscoff but it also works well with shortbread or digestives. I alternate between PG Tips and Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Gold for my basic blacks to drink with cream. PG Tips is slightly easier to find in my local grocery stores. I like that both brands seem to be pretty consistent. I’ve never had a surprise weird box of either of them.
The one day I took this to work last week, I happened to be speaking to the British expat who was heating a kettle for Yorkshire Tea. He commended me on my choice and now thinks I drink British teas. But I don’t, really. Holy crap, this has to be the strongest English Breakfast I’ve ever had. Two bags steeped very short, like 1.5 minutes, in my thermos. Well smack me in the face and punch me in the gullet, I had to nurse that brew for 12 hours. This is the kind of tea I imagine was dumped in Boston Harbor. I’d take Yorkshire over PG Tips any day. It’s too much for me of the ‘no dairy added’ persuasion.
Flavors: Dark Wood, Heavy, Malt, Tea
I am not grousing about today’s chilly rain. It’s a much-needed drought breaker. However, that plus the confounded pre-daylight savings darkness made it stinkin’ hard to hit the deck this morning. Break out the hard core stuff.
And indeed, this one is not for the faint of heart. A review by another self-proclaimed barbarian compared the extra-strong PG Tips blend to oak wood. I might concur with that, if you left the water in the tree stump overnight with some acorns tossed in.
More analytically, PG Tips self-reports that it uses a blend of Ceylon, Assam, and Kenyan teas in its normal formula. I might guess that this rendition is far heavier on the dark Kenyan leaves. Unless you’re really living on the edge, use milk.
It’s the evening of a comfortable and abundant Christmas at our house. We abounded. Following the annual tradition of a friend and mentor, I reserved a few moments next to the Christmas tree as the sun set, counting the blessings of friends and family who gifted us with each ornament over the years, and each card this season. My cup runneth over.
I’m also humbled and blessed to have a husband whose gift is gifting, and after 35 years, knows me better than I do. Because of that, I have a large box of PG Tips Extra Strong ready to fortify me in the morning as I tackle a Boxing Day list that stretches to the North Pole. I’ll modify this note or add a separate review, but since I love me my barbarian builders’ tea (as another reviewer described his taste), I’m eagerly anticipating it.
Hope your day was peaceful and plentiful, tea friends! Blessings to the lot of you.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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, Oats, Sawdust, Straw
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!
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.
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.
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