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As a tea drinker for 50 years I am disappointed in Builders Brew. The tea lacks body and flavour. The only standout aspect is the packaging which is novel and unique. Britain wasn't built on tea of this quality, believe me. Stick to Tetleys.
I adore a nice cuppa (brew to my boyfriend lol) and I don't mind spending out a little extra for a good quality teabag.
I spotted these the other day in Morrisons at £1.39 a box for 80 of them and thought that offered great value for money and so popped them in my trolley.
The box is black and bright yellow and on the front of it there is a small picture of a builder in a yellow triangle and we are told that it is 'make Mine A Builders' and that there are 80 bags in the box and that it is 'Built By Master Blenders', Strong & refreshing and 'Tested By Builders'. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the tea and how to make a perfect brew, storage details are given as is the weight stated for 80 teabags which is 250g and contact details for the manufacturer (Make Mine A Builders) is given. Nice enough, bright packaging and inside you get 2 packets of 40 silver foil wrapped teabags.
Round and made of white perforated material these are generously but not overly filled with lots of black tea leaves (which is the only ingredient used) and all you do to use them of course is as you would any other teabag. For a normal strength cup of tea we are told to allow it to brew 20 seconds (whistling is optional according to the information on the box lol) but of course you can allow this to brew for as long as you wish depending on the strength you desire.
This makes a dark, very rich and well blended cup of tea. It tastes high quality and alot stronger to most teabags I am used to using which is great for me as I love it strong!
It doesn't scum and basically tastes just gorgeous and if you think you know and love your teas and haven't tried this everyday type of blend you don't know what your missing I can't stop raving about it!
Available in all good supermarkets etc
It was the packaging of this new brand of teabags that caught my attention. It's black and yellow with warning black and yellow markings across the top. It is plain, simple, straightforward black Indian tea.
The instructions on the box tell you how to 'construct' a perfect brew. Simply drop a teabag into a mug and add water which is just off the boil. (Now, I always thought you were supposed to make tea with boiling water.) They then say that you should whistle a tune for 20 seconds, or longer for a stronger cup. I don't think that whistling is compulsory though, so if you can't whistle, don't worry.
After this you remove the teabag, squeeze it and mix in milk and sugar ar required.
The box has a quality assured promise too:
Indoor and outdoor use
Superior in-mug strength
The perfect mix for dunking
Tested and selected by builders.
This product seems to be a bit gimicky and Elmwood Designs who own the trademark 'Make Mine A Builders' have joined forces with the National Federation of Master Builders. It is packed by Keith Spicer Ltd.
The marketing idea is quite effective and there are building tips and free offers on the box. You save tokens to get free 'builders' mugs, flasks, etc.
On the bottom of the box is a picture of a 'builder's bum' for the benefit of anyone who wants to view! There is also request for humerous builders' video clips.
The 'Makemineabuilders' website has videos, games and offers on it. It also tells you how to select a good builder. However, there isn't much there about the teabags.
So, how does this tea taste if you are not builder? I was impressed. It has a strong, bright, clean flavour and a strong tea aroma. This is often absent from some of the scented and blended teas available in the supermarkets.
A box of 80 teabags cost me £1.39 and I would certainly buy them again. Recommended if you like a traditional, strong English cuppa and don't worry you don't have to be a builder, or have a builders bum to enjoy it.