Pyramid Teabags

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The eighth wonder of the world! Pyramid bags give the tea leaves room to breathe so you can get even more out of the great PG tips flavor.

PG Tips has been the best known and most popular brand of tea in the UK for over 75 years. Stronger than most Indian and African teas, PG Tips has a similar taste to English Breakfast Tea.

Always innovating and improving its products, PG Tips features pyramid-shaped tea bags, which allow more room for tea to infuse and produce a better flavor. The Freeflow material used in PG Tips tea bags is made of webbed fibers, which allow water to pass through the filter, reaching the tea quickly and decreasing the brewing time. The Freeflow Pyramid bags result in fast brewing and a superior taste.

Contents: 40 teabags, 4.4 oz

Tea blended and packaged in the UK

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305 tasting notes

This has been my morning tea for the past month or so, great brisk flavor. A perfext start to each and every day.

Josie Jade

I love PG Tips too!


Good, good, good stuff!

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1719 tasting notes

I have been drinking tea for 40 years. This is the first time I have sipped PG Tips! How is that even possible? This is what English Breakfast tea is supposed to taste like in my mind. Instant eye opener. O.O Stout enough to kick the butt of even the manliest of teas in your collection. The inside of my cheeks are still tingling. I now understand why people add milk and sugar. I never add milk. I almost did this time. taste mellows a bit as the cup cooled. Love the intense aftertaste.

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About time you got around to it ;)



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1015 tasting notes

I like this tea much better at 4 minutes – reminds me much more of an Irish Breakfast tea, very malty and bold.

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109 tasting notes

Amidst all the Celestial Seasonings teas, I was surprised to see this tea in my grocery store. I’ve heard a lot about it and I see even Mark T. Wendell sells it so I thought “England’s #1 Tea” was worth a shot. Fortunately, I still have my tea bag tongs.

The Kenyan tea in the blend is what makes this different for me-never had Kenyan in an English/Scottish/Irish blend.

PG promises 50% more room in this pyramid bag, but it seems pretty small as far as pyramid bags go. If you don’t unfold it carefully, you have mainly a basic teabag. This brews a nice, dark mahogany cup in only two minutes, and is probably really loaded with caffeine. The flavor is strong and brisk-it tastes much like Upton’s East Frisian Blend. There is just a slight bitterness on the finish-doesn’t bother me.

I enjoyed this cup. Not sure that I would have this as anything but a breakfast tea, but it’s flavorful and wakes me up. I like it.

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I’ve tried PG Tips a few years ago and thought it was nothing special. Nowhere near as good as East Frisian Blend! Maybe I received a bad batch of TIPS.

Just Me

I like PG Tips more than Red Rose or Salada etc if I have to go bagged. It’s got a nice, distinct taste. Haven’t tried the pyramid bags though.

Scott B

The pyramid bags hold about 3 grams of tea, which I believe is more tea than most bags, so that is nice.
It’s not a great tea, but it’s good. It makes me wonder how good it could be as a full leaf loose blend. I’m thinking it’s the Kenyan tea that makes it more distinct.


Every Kenyan tea I’ve had, has its own distinction.

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187 tasting notes

Second try with my PG Tips Pyramids. This time I only steeped in for two minutes, but the flavor was still very, very bitter when left alone. Much more tolerable than my first steep, but still with a very strong kick. The tea steeps to a very dark hue, with a surprisingly strong veggie smell. My bag smelled like stewed vegetables when I sniffed it wet. The tea does contain this aroma. It’s not a bad smell, but it’s sort of odd for me from a black tea.

This tea is definitely more complex than a lot of the other bagged varieties out there. The pyramid shape probably lets the tea grow a bit, even if the pieces are somewhat small already. I added some milk again (soymilk, around 3 tsps), and the taste infinitely improved. This tea would probably rank higher for me if I didn’t have to doctor it up with additives. I hate putting anything in my tea, but I really can’t imagine drinking this one without first smoothing it out with either milk or some lemon juice. It was designed to be drunk that way, and I’m having a difficult time accepting that. I drink Irish Breakfast without putting anything in it, so…

That being said, I think I’ll try and do a really short steep of this one and taste the results at a later date, to see if this can indeed be had neat. Someone recommended online using a large amount of water and just pouring off the excess. I might do that.

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One thing I found with this tea is that any squeezing of the teabag made it crazy bitter. I still had to doctor it even without the bitterness from squeezing but I definitely a wuss in comparison to you! :)


Auggy, this tea is driving me crazy! I hate doctoring teas. :( And this one is like a bucking bronco that refuses to be tamed unless I douse it with some sort of milky product. I didn’t squeeze my bag either, but this is seriously, seriously bitter.

And I sort of doubt that you’re a wuss in comparison to me. You’re like a tea guru on her compared to my n00b status.


Aw, thanks! But I pretty much have to doctor Indian blacks with a little sugar and milk. I’m not tough enough to drink them straight! Well, expect for Darjeelings. Those I can do straight…

But yeah, I think this one ends up being a good tea compared to other bagged breakfast teas but is definitely made to have milk added. I gave up on it a while back but would make it for DH who will pretty much drink anything. But after more and more exposure to loose tea, he even got to where he wasn’t a big fan of this one.

Hmm, I wonder if brewing at a lower temp would help with the bitterness? Aren’t fewer tannins(?) supposed to be released at lower temps?


I think I’ve read something like that, somewhere… ? I might try lowering the temperature and steeping for a really short time to see if I can actually drink this straight. I doubt that’s actually going to happen! It really is a bit of a disappointment to me, actually. I like drinking tea straight because I feel like it’s not “heavy.” Milk and sugar make this a bit heavier than I like for a breakfast beverage. That’s probably why I prefer tea to coffee in the first place!


I’ll be interested to find out how that works if you give the lower temp a try.

I’ve had better luck with Chinese teas (Keemun & Yunnan in particular) being good straight and not heavy/thick feeling but still flavorful and no need for additions.


Quite right about that “veggie” smell, I realize. Good observation.

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2977 tasting notes

Steeped 1 teabag in 9 oz boiling water for 1 min; added 2 tsp white sugar and one tsp evaporated milk. Strong, drinkable, slightly astringent but not to the point of being bitter. I’m VERY glad I read the notes first before steeping, as my typical 4-5 min black tea steeping would have rendered this undrinkable. Even after 30 seconds it looked dark enough by my normal standards.

I surely didn’t need to buy this tea, but I’ve been curious about it, and it was BOGO at Harris Teeter, and therefore half price for one 40ct box. $2.50 seem like an irresistible price based on the prices I’ve seen elsewhere for one box ($5-8, I think?). It will probably be a good base for cold brewed iced tea too if I can get the steeping time/# of bags right. (Actually that will be a project for DH as he’s the sweet tea maker of the household.)

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It does make good iced tea if you use coldbrew and steep overnight.

Geoffrey Norman

I echo Dan’s thoughts. This was an awesome tea iced. Had just the right amount of character.


thanks Dan & Geoffrey – I’ll have to try it iced this weekend! The one cup this am made me a bit jittery, but that may have been the sugar (sugar + caffeine is way worse than either alone, for me)

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355 tasting notes

Hi all! Long time no speak! Since I last did a tasting note, I’ve gotten a new job, so it’s been pretty hectic around these parts. I haven’t been drinking much tea (mostly because my apartment doesn’t have AC and it’s been hot as heck in Chicago), so I haven’t been on Steepster much.

Last night a fellow tea-loving friend gave me a few bags of his PG Tips. He loves PG Tips so, so much. It’s his everyday tea and has been since he lived in England for awhile. He had already told me he loves strong, bitter black teas, so I knew that’s what this would be. And honestly, it’s better than I thought it would be. Definitely bitter, but I could see how it would be warm and comforting on a winter’s day.

Perhaps more importantly, this bad boy should be arriving at my house today: I’ve been wanting a nice iced tea pitcher for ages now, so I now I’ll be able to drink tea all summer!


Congrats on the new job!!


Yeah, congrats Bethany! And welcome back! Alas, your link doesn’t work for me, but I’m feeling you on the need for a good pitcher.

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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.

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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?


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.


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


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.


You can order it from, 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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652 tasting notes

1 bag for 300mL water @100C, steeped four minutes.

A huge box of these teabags came to me from a friend in England. In North America, PG Tips is a pleasant, if dull, supermarket black tea, mostly Ceylon, I think. The English version is quite different.

The liquor is almost red, like a decent Keemun. I wonder of there’s some Keemun in the blend, as there’s a faint – very faint- smokiness and bitterness. Some Assam, I think, giving heft, and something lighter, giving some astringency to the finish. Delicious and full, without coating the mouth as some Assams and Kenyans might. A very pleasant surprise. It reminds me of how Twinings English Breakfast used to taste, many years ago, only much better.


My local source for looseleaf PG Tips dried up and it makes me sad. Haven’t tried the pyramid bags yet; they sound like a completely different composition.

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51 tasting notes

I’ve become rather bored of Twinings English Breakfast every morning and decided to switch to this instead. Maybe I should start alternating my weekly morning black teas because I seem to get tired of the same taste quickly.

I like this tea. I was surprised to find it at my local supermarket and bought it because I hear it’s England’s “official tea” and since I love British things, I had to try it.

Although I rarely add cream to my black tea, this one is definitely best with cream. Just one mini moo will do. Add some honey and it’s pretty tasty. I’d say it’s a good, classic, solid tea. I also really needed the strength and boldness of it today as I am very tired from staying up most of the night with a poor feverish fellow of mine.

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