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82
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
31 tasting notes
A great standard brew that works well with my hard water. Doesn’t leave tons of scum and no bitter taste, even if brewed for longer. I think I prefer it to Yorkshire now….

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75
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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93
drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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I went to the states last month and was there about three weeks, somehow I did not bring tea. I considered it, but didn’t. Loose tea and travel seems to be a hassle. So… as an emergency I picked up this in Wegman’s. I wanted it anyway but not 80 bags which is all I found before. I got the 40 bag size. Adeles endorsement didn’t hurt either. She says she carries it in her purse. A little milk and sugar… not bad. There seems to be a lot of tea in the bag so it makes a really
Strong cup or a really big cup. Its nice. I want to get my hands on some more UK teas. We have a British store here, I just need to drag myself there!

gmathis

Good call. It’s strong enough to overcome hotel water, and is just good, solid, no-frills wake-up tea.

Roxy King

It is, I wish I had tried it sooner. It might be my new go to for travel, I will try to take it with me next time :)

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81
drank Pyramid Teabags by PG Tips
16 tasting notes

This is the first time I have ever tried PG Tips and I’m pretty sure this is the start of a new chapter in my mornings.

This is bold and thick with a wonderful range of flavors to boot. This really delivers!

I was torn in a side by side flavor-wise with my current favorite Yorkshire Gold, but PG Tips has an edge based on the overall heft.

I am surprised, I was expecting this to match up closer with the Yorkshire red than the gold, but instead it seems to be the best of both of those all in one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
gmathis

If you ever get a chance to try their Extra Strong variety, do! (It’s nice to have another builders’ tea fan to chat with!)

CJBaker

I will definitely check that out, thanks for the tip!

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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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.

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
2170 tasting notes

ashmanra’s monthly sipdown challenge
February 2023 → an afternoon tea

I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that PG Tips just isn’t for me. It doesn’t taste bad or anything, but the flavor isn’t great enough that it’s worth the caffeine jitters I’ll inevitably get halfway thru each cup. Strangely enough, today’s cup tastes like apple (???). I’m not sad at all to see this one go. There are so many others I enjoy much more than this.

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
2170 tasting notes

Playing around with my steep times to see if I can find a happy medium between flavor and the caffeine jitters. I meant to steep this for 2 minutes: 30 seconds, but I got distracted by my cat (who requires that someone sit and watch her while she eats) so it was probably more like 2 minutes: 45 seconds. A bit too much for me, I think. It had a nice caramelly flavor but I didn’t feel so great about halfway through. Will try again!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML
AJRimmer

Aww my dad’s cat is the same! Very sweet, if inconvenient.

gmathis

Milk helps smooth everything out.

Shae

I asked a rescue owner about it once and she told me that cats will often do this when they live on their own so that one can watch for predators while the other eats. I guess either mine really trusts me or she really doesn’t trust our other cats. XD Tell your dad he has my sympathy! It really is sweet, but when she wants to eat at 5am I’m not always feeling so charitable.

@gmathis – Oh I definitely add milk to this one. I don’t know if I could drink it without!

Mastress Alita

I have a street rescue and she’s the only animal in my home, and she does the same thing… she wants me nearby when she eats. On weekends when I’m upstairs on the computer she will cry incessantly for me to simply walk downstairs where her food bowl is so she can use it. When I first got her she was terrible at waking me at night over it. I’d “play dead” and figured it would go away, but the only thing that actually worked was moving the food dish downstairs to upstairs on the landing outside my bedroom. She’ll let me sleep as long as I’m “nearby” the food. Weirdo.

Shae

I had to do this too! We had the food in the kitchen, but a couple month ago I moved it into the bedroom because she kept waking me up. She still wakes me up but now all I have to do is point at the dish and she’ll jump down to eat.

Kaylee

This whole conversation is so validating! My cat would do this too, he needed an audience, and when he was sick/as he got older it got worse so that predators explanation tracks! We got him from the shelter when he was still itty bitty but he and his siblings were found in a box on the side of the highway and no one knows what happened to him before that.

Shae

It’s so sweet how they can still learn to trust. Especially when it seems like cats so often start off in such difficult places. Mine, the one who does this, we found as a kitten under a pile of sheetrock at a construction site. She’d made herself a little nest in there. She was immediately friendly and chatty, like she knew we were her ticket out of there. She’s been my little shadow ever since. <3

AJRimmer

Aww that’s so sweet! I love kitty origin stories.

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
2170 tasting notes

I don’t drink PG Tips too often because it makes me jittery, but I had a cup today and lowered the steep time from my normal three minutes to two minutes to see if that would help. I think it did help with the caffeine, but the flavor still isn’t something I feel the need to reach for often. It’s pretty good but not something I crave, at least not currently.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
2170 tasting notes

This is the only other tea in my stash that mentioned possible green bean notes on Steepster, but I taste no green beans here. I honestly didn’t expect to from a black tea, but someone else did so I thought it’d be worth a try. Plus, I didn’t mind having a strong black tea this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

One of my morning favorites! I’m with you, I’ve never noticed anything green about it at all.

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
2170 tasting notes

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drank PG Tips by PG Tips
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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

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec 20 OZ / 591 ML
gmathis

(Chuckling.) I love the stuff, but I totally get your point of view! Side note … one of my Sunday girls (6th grader) knows I am a teaist, and on a family trip to Boston, brought me back a packet of tea that was purported to have been historically researched and as close to Boston Harbor as possible. Can’t remember the name at the moment, but it was quite good and nowhere near as strong as PG Tips!

gmathis

OK … had to look at old notes … Congou by Oliver Pluff & Company.

derk

Huh, I may have to try that someday. How kind of your student :)

ashmanra

I was given some Oliver Pluff from Colonial Williamsburg. I think it is sold in Charleston, too.

Leafhopper

This is the tea I drank when I was a coffee person. And yes, it is strong.

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drank PG Tips Extra Strong by PG Tips
2878 tasting notes

It was a White Rabbit morning: (“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!”) I took back the hour I lost last weekend by force, but that put me far behind on the to-do list before my feet hit the floor.

Thank goodness for no-fuss, no-brain, jimmy-your-eyes-open bagged tea. I haven’t reviewed this often, but I drink it often for precisely the reasons just stated. It’s a no-fail builders tea that with a bit of milk, has the deep, wet-wood personality of a Kenyan tea (which, I believe, is included in the blend).

…and while I’d love to keep chatting with you, no time to say hello, goodbye….

Kelmishka

Heh, we’ve been trying to reclaim that lost hour as well!

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drank PG Tips Extra Strong by PG Tips
2878 tasting notes

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.

Cameron B.

I had the same feeling when I took the dogs out this morning, and it was both dark and rainy. And yet now it’s sunny and hot! Harumph.

gmathis

I am in that small percentage of malcontents who like our morning in the mornings when we can enjoy it … not at night when we are tired. :)

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drank PG Tips Extra Strong by PG Tips
2878 tasting notes

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.

Shae

A lovely tradition. How peaceful.

Michelle Butler Hallett

I love a good dose of what my British grandmother would call ‘proper tea.’ Sometimes, nothing else will do.

gmathis

First sips were sumptuous when it was hot, smooth and dark. I’m down to the last third of the cup and my tongue is starting to curl from the bitterness … a little milk, a reheat, and all will be well. As I have several major January/February writing deadlines that I’d like to knock out before returning to the day job, this will be helpful as a recyclable sit-at-your-desk-all-morning bracer.

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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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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

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
5 tasting notes

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