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Pg tips will always be the second choice of tea bag in our house. The first place goes to good old Yorkshire teabags. The pg tips in my opinion are expensive for what they are. I also feel that you are just paying for the name. I find pg tips quite weak. The packaging leads you to believe that the pyramid shape will allow the tea leafs to brew (leading to a stronger flavour). Unfortunately the tea used is quite a mild flavour. Therefore, I end up having to use 2 teabags for each cup which ends up being quite an expensive cup of tea. Pg tips tend to spend a lot of money on television advertising but I feel that the money they use would be much better spent investing in a higher quality tea supplier. All this negativity aside, if left to stew with 2 tea bags for around 4 mins the tea is still a good cup of tea.
I have tried all sorts of tea bags and I'm no tea bag snob either, I like supermarket own brand teabags, but these are by far my favourite.
The packaging typically is white and blue with red and green writing but most recently on promotional packs they have started to feature the PG tips monkey, which has changed dramatically over the years as I remember when the PG monkeys were more of a ape like monkey than the current one which is more of a sock type monkey.
The teabags are pyramid shaped which is supposedly to lock in more flavour as the tea leaves have more room to spread their aroma or something along those lines. I don't know if it does work this way or not as I'm no teabag expert but whatever they are doing they are doing it right because it tastes great!
As expected it is a fair bit more expensive than your own brand 27p boxes of teabags and most other branded teabags but it is regularly on sale at most supermarket chains so you'll probably never have to pay full price for it anyway if you look around.
Worth paying that little (or lot) extra to get the perfect cup of tea.
I would usually just buy the Tesco everyday value tea bags which are only 27p for 60 tea bags as I'm the only person in the house to drink tea and didn't mind the taste but I was used to it. Before Christmas I decided to buy some more expensive tea bags as I knew we would have visitors so didn't want them to not enjoy the cup of tea I'd make them, I chose typhoo. I liked the taste of typhoo but didn't think it was that much nicer than the everyday value ones so I was going to revert back to the basic ones until I spotted a box of 80 PG tips in a pound shop one day so decided to give them a try. I'd always avoided the bigger branded tea bags when doing my weekly food shop as there is such a large price difference, I've just checked Tesco online and it currently costs £2.29 for a box of 80.
The tea bags come in a cardboard box which is then wrapped in cellophane, I did have a bit of difficulty getting the cellophane off but once that was off then I could easily get in the box as it had a perforated top which was pushed in easily. I have a tea bag holder canister so emptied all the tea bags into this but they did only just fit in, in the bottom of the cardboard box I noticed a lot of tea grains in the bottom of the box so guessed it must escape easily from the tea bags. The tea bags are triangular shaped papery bags with the tea inside, they say the triangle bags make the tea move around more freely releasing a nicer taste but I don't really understand how that would make your tea taste any different.
I own a tefal quick cup kettle so I tend to put the tea bag in the mug first and turn the kettle on leaving it to fill my cup while I get the milk out the fridge, it only takes about 10 seconds to fill the mug (depending on size) once its finished I pour the milk in then remove the tea bag. I don't like my tea too strong so don't leave the tea bag in for long and have found with these that they are stronger than cheaper ones and don't need to be left in as long. When removing the tea bag I use the teaspoon to squeeze any excess tea out then scoop out the tea bag with it but as the tea bags bigger than the teaspoon it can hang over the edge a bit, if one of the points of the tea bag is hanging off then this means the tea can drip down the point onto the floor so it can sometimes be a race to the bin at the other end of the kitchen before I leave tea drops all over.
I have noticed that these can leave a line of tea residue along the top of the mug and in the bottom of the mug when finished. The tea tastes delicious and strong enough but of course if you don't want it strong then just take the tea bag out sooner. I love drinking tea and find it very filling as often you may think you're hungry but you're not you're just thirsty. Tea can be good for you and is low in calories (unless you like milk and sugar of course).
I will definitely buy these again but only when I find them on offer as I think they are too expensive to pay the rrp.
I have always loved the strong flavour of PG Tips, sadly they are now so weak as to compare to the very cheap tea bags, might as well buy the cheap ones. What else can I say that will complete my word count? I always buy these in the UK when I visit as they are outrageously expensive in Australia but won't bother in future. Nice pyramid shaped bag shame about the product. They cost about six dollars in the UK and $27.50 in Australia for 240. Typical British things have lost all quality and aren't worth buying which is rather sad. I do find the bags useful for my compost bin, a lot of plants seem to do well on the dregs. One hundred and fifty words is quite a lot don't you think? Good only fifteen to go, now it's ten.Well those of you nostalgic for UK forget it.
I started drinking PG tips about 5 years ago when I decided to try a different tea brand, as I usually drank Yorkshire Tea. I saw it on offer in the Co operative and decided to try it for a change. It was around the time when 'monkey' was introduced, with the promotional packs offering a cute 'monkey' toy with the tea. This of course did make it more expensive, but how can you resist?!
It is a bit more expensive than other tea brands like yorkshire tea and typhoo, and the amount of tea bags you get for the price is a bit ridiculous, but with quality comes a cost.
The box has a cellophane wrapper on it that is very difficult to open. There is no pull tag to simply unwrap it and you have to either spend ages picking at the plastic or get some scissors or a knife and rip it open. The box itself has a lid that opens, but then it also has a cardboard lid that you have to crinkle open, and this often rips the box as it is in a stupid position, compromising the freshness of the tea. The box also does not always stay shut, but I guess all the problems with the box can be solved by buying a special container or pot for tea and empty the tea bags into there.
The tea bags are pyramid shaped, which apparently are meant to make the tea taste better and diffuse more efficiently. I don't see how it makes any difference to be honest. I expect that it would taste exactly the same in a circular or square teabag.
The tea can be made to your preference, but I tend to like a builders tea - strong with not a lot of milk and two sugars. This tea is very good for that, and if you like especially strong tea you can buy 'The Strong One' from PG Tips which gives a lovely strong brew. It brews rather quickly and the tea does last a long time. It is a very nice black tea, and is very warming and relaxing, the perfect thing on a cold morning or after a long day. I even drink it before bed as I find it helps me sleep(not something I would advise if you can't sleep after caffeine).
I really like this tea, and it is officially my favourite brand. I rush out to buy it when it runs out as I seem to get withdrawal symptoms and anyone I make it for really loves it. Its great for any time of day, and its fine to drink in the summer too. Have a brew with PG tips!
~~~ TEA LOVER ~~~
I have been brought up by a family that love their tea. I honestly do not think there has ever been a day where I have not seen a family member sipping a cup of tea! So I would say I probably have interested the taste for fine tea and it is for this reason I don't buy the cheaper teabags on the market, as personally I find they just do not offer the same quality tea leafs and taste offered by the more expensive branded versions such as PG Tips. Therefore we always have a box of PG Tips tea bags in our kitchen cupboard, its just a must!.
~~~ EXPERIENCE ~~~
It is pretty much straight forward when making a cup of tea, and brand doesn't really make a huge difference it the process of making a cup of tea but the only difference I would say is that I don't have to leave my PG tip tea bag in as long as cheaper versions, as in the past when I had tried cheaper versions I found that I had to leave it in the hot water for longer to get any real taste, while with PG tips this is not the case.
~~~ LETS MAKE A CUPPA! ~~~
I usually just place a tea bag in a mug and add some sweetener/sugar and pour boiled kettle water so that it reaches just above the halfway mark. I leave the tea bag in for a few seconds while using a tea spoon to occasionally squeeze the tea bag as this tends to hasten the infusion process.
If you prefer really strong tea then, I would suggest leaving it in the water for a minute longer and addling less milk. I however like a medium strength tasting tea, and therefore after a couple of seconds I would discard of the tea bag and fill the remainder of the mug with semi skimmed milk (depending on preference no fat and full fat are also great in tea).
Once milk is poured I then stir the contents for a second just to ensure the milk has mixed well with the tea and sugar, and bobs your uncle the tea is made! Oh it is worth noting that the tea will be piping hot, so best wait a few minutes before taking a sip.
~~~ THE TASTE ~~~
This is personally my favourite brand of tea, the taste is perfect and has the great tasting tea leafs. I usually at least one cup of tea a day, and that probably illustrates how much I love PG tips, it is has a nice refreshing taste and is perfect for relaxing in front of the TV or while reading a good book.
~~~ PRICE ~~~
I usually buy a pack of 80 for £1.70 from my local Asda supermarket. It also comes in a pack of 40 for £1.35, as well as coming in decaf for £2.00.
~~~ VERDICT ~~~
I would recommend this brand of tea to everyone, as I personally think it tastes so much fuller than other brands. Although it is a little bit more expensive than others on the market, I believe it is worth that a little extra money to get that better quality tasting tea.
I like may people drink a lot of tea, the kettle is boiled at least once an hour and never goes completely cold. Mostly tea and some coffee. The tea I have 80% of the time is PG tips, the rest of the time is herbal teas like Darjeeling, peppermint etc.
You can buy the big 240 box or one at 160 and a couple of other ones at 40 ( emergency maybe ) and one at 80. I normally go for the 160 at about £3 but if the 240 is on offer at Tesco from £5 down to £2.99 I get one of those. They are of course pyramid shape, this is so that the leaves can move around freely while the tea brews, like in a tea pot. I saw a documentary where somebody said that the tea bag was invented by mistake. Apparently the tea was only sent in a paper bag for convenience, but the receivers at the other end did not realise this and just put the whole bag in and so the tea bag was born.
I think it makes a great fresh cup of tea not to strong for me like say Yorkshire tea is or like Tetley's which tastes like it is stewed in the pot and looks orange! I sometimes try and make it last by saving two bags then putting them in the next cup, it does not taste the same and I do not do it for visitors.
I've just had a careful read of the box and must admit I had never read it before. It says PG tea is fully Rainforest Alliance certified tea. It also tells you how to join the PG TIPS cuppa club which sounds great but I'm not that much of a tea fan!
PG were pioneers of the "pyramid" teabag and 20-odd years on their pyramid design is still going strong, although the science of it all hardly proved to be industry-changing. The whole of the back of the box is given over to a really nice large and clear illustration of the pyramid ® bag doing it's thing - and explaining how it "gives the tea more room to move, freeing the delicious taste of the tea leaves and giving you the perfect cuppa every time", so they are obviously still passionate about their innovation.
We've used these at work for as long as I can remember and it certainly gives a nice cup of tea, but equally, there isn't anything spectacular about it - I can't say that the freeing of the tea in those bags really "does it" for me.
My preferred cup of tea is quite weak though, so maybe the technology is wasted on me. The concept of the tea moving freely around probably relates to their stated suggestion of allowing the tea to brew for 1-2 minutes, whereas 20-25 seconds at the most is all I leave the bag in for. Nevertheless I have no complaints about the quality of the teabags (we never have any burst ones in there either before they reach the cup or in it), although there's always lots of 'dust' when we reach the end, I don't suppose that can be avoided.
The box we have is a large 240 teabag size, and is cardboard, sealed in cellophane to keep everything ultra-fresh. Once inside the cellophane, there is a flip top lid and underneath the lid you need to remove a perforated section of the box underneath to get to the teabags. The flip top lid has been accurately designed so that it does close over the top of the box, although obviously for freshness some sort of caddy would be better - it's not exactly a tight fit.
The box places a high prominence to the "Fully Rainforest Alliance Certified" labelling, with the Alliance's frog logo - this is in the form of a green flash on both the front and the side. The rest of the box is given over to the familiar and age-old red & green PG logo, and an illustration of fresh tea plant leaves, which do indeed look very fresh and good enough to drink!
PG dedicate one side of their box to elaborating on the Rainforest Alliance credentials, with which they "protect the environment, whilst ensuring decent working conditions for ...farmers and providing access to education and healthcare for them and their families". This is something more and more prominent in the tea and coffee sector, and nice to know.
The other side of the box tells us about the 100% natural nature of the tea bags, how they are picked (they pick the tips, dontchaknow!) and even step by step instructions how to make a cup of tea. What more could you need from your teabags?!
All in all, I enjoy PG Tips tea - it gives a lovely mug of tea and the bags are dependable and don't split, and if I'm honest I'm not expert enough to be looking for any more than that. I'm underwhelmed by their pyramid technology, but I can see the theory behind it... I imagine if you are a strong-tea person, then the extra freedom allowed to the leaves to let out their flavour may well make these tips your pick.
I am an avid tea drinker. In fact, I cant start thinking straight in the morning before I have had a hot steaming cup of tea.
I have tried a few brands of tea, and while not being my favourite, PG Tips is one of the brands I buy now and again.
PG Tips is somewhere mid range in concerning the price, and is one of the best selling brands of tea. I usually buy the large box of 240 bags as this works out much cheaper than buying smaller packs. I think you get it for around £6, and is available in all supermarkets.
The packaging is as you see in the picture. The top part of the carton opens like a lid, and inside, there is another bit of cardboard which is resealable and helps to keep the tea bags fresh for longer.
The tea bags are pyramidal in shape. I dont really think the shape of the tea bag matters at all.
As I buy the bigger pack, it lasts me a while (around 6 to 8 weeks) and I dont think the tea has been affected by the time in storage.
The taste is not the best, but quite acceptable. I always feel that PG Tips has a weird paper like smell coming from the tea initially which sometimes puts me off. I have noticed it every time I try PG Tips after trying another brand.
While there seems to be various flavours of tea, I stick to regular black tea.
However, I am still quite happy to drink it.
One thing I do wish is that they would mention on the packet where exactly the tea was coming from.
As a child the only tea bags we had in our house were PG, I can always remember the adverts on the tele to do with this brand. Most notably the monkeys! PG tips is available at almost every retailer that sells food. You can pick this up for many different prices and I would say to look out for a deal on these because you can make some good savings! We go through so many tea bags in my flat because both me and my girlfirend are addicted to a good old cuppa tea.
Currently you can get a pack of 40 as shown in the image above for around £1.30. There are many different sized packs and some can cost over a fiver, I usually just pick up a pack of 40 when doing my shop as I have little storage space and don't want to have thousands of tea bags lying around! They are more expensive than other brands but I would certainly say they are the best and this is why I like to pay a little more for my tea because it is an important part of my day!
The tea bags are pyramid shaped which makes them brew much better in your mug! They look great and a bit more fancy than other brands. Definately worth a try
I like a strong tea and like to leave the teabag in for a couple minutes. I love the flavour of strong tea and these make a great taste! When I have had other brands in the past, the taste has never been as good. The tea bags are strong and never break (which can happen with cheaper brands). These have the strongest taste of proper tea and I never want to use another brand. This is perfect for me!
I would definately recommend you choose this as your prefered tea bag! Nothing comes close to the taste . Tea is something you should pay extra for because having cheap and nasty tasting tea bags is a waste of time! Tea should be enjoyed! I am going to give PG Tips a 5 star rating, pure quality and even the thought of a mug of PG gives me a big smile and a mental taste! Thanks very much for reading, Josh.
PG tips uses 100% natural ingredients containing only tea leaves- has less than 1cal with no fat, saturates, sugar or salt. I can't find a reference to caffeine on the box so I don't know how much is in it. (it must have it in or they they wouldn't sell decaf!)
I'm a massive tea drinker and have tried many brands but keep coming back to this one.
The box is white and pale blue with leaves which makes it easily recognisable. It comes in various sizes from 40-460 bags and also decaf, I usually buy 160 because there are 4 tea drinkers in the house. That lasts about 2 weeks for us. They can be expensive but about average for good tea. Usually around the £4.50 mark my current box was on offer in Tesco for £3- over in Lidl they were £2.50 on the same day.
The square box comes wrapped in cellophane with a flip top lid, when you first open it there is a serrated top that needs ripping off, then the lid fits back down well to keep the tea bags fresh.
The bags themselves are pyramid shaped which claim to 'free the delicious taste of the tea leaves' but I find no difference between them or round ones. A bonus is that the tea bags are individual I hate it when they come in twos attached to each other, in a rush I do tend to rip them open. I've rarely had the dreaded burst tea bag in my drink (that you don't notice until you get a gob full) with these type of bags, so they must be sturdy.
I like builders tea so I therefore tend to stew it for a few minutes but if I'm in rush I just give the bag a good few squeezes and that's adequate but not as strong as some teas. Same goes with a Tea-pot I find I need to put 'one for the pot' in as I find it not strong enough, but that's just personal preference. I buy it for the taste rather than the strength though, because as I say a good stew is okay.
It hasn't got a bitter flavour but can leave a dry taste in my mouth but that seems to be par for the course with tea. It's by far my favourite I like the offer prices, the taste and the individual bags. Some teas can taste grassy but PG tips tastes like tea.
Tea is a big thing in our house. If there aren't any teabags then you would think the apocalypse had descended on the world!
We have tried many brands of tea in our house but none of them beat PG Tips. Other teas always taste weak and seem to have a little twang to them whereas PG Tips always tastes like tea if that makes sense! PG Toips has been around as long as I can remember. I am 27 and my Mum has been drinking PG Tips all my life. It is definately one of the more top of the market teas and always seems to be one of the most expensive. PG Tips comes in variety of sized boxes. I think the smallest is 35 teabags and the biggest is 240. We usually purchase the middle of the road size which is the 160 tea bags to a box and that usually costs around £4.00. It tends to last us a good two months.
PG Tips is different to other teabags in the way that the bags are shaped like pyramids. According to PG tips this shape allows the tea to infuse in the water better and gives a better flavour. I tend to leave my tea bags in for ages as I like a really strong cup of tea and I do find it very flavoursome. With the pyramid bags, I always leave one tip floating above the water so I can hold it between my fingertips and dip it in and out to swish the flavour around some more. I also add sugar to my tea but that is just down to personal taste.
PG Tips are available in all supermarkets and are recognisiable in their box with the big "PG" in red and green lettering next to a steaming cup of tea and some tea leaves.
I highly recommend PG Tips above all the other brands.
Arthur Brooke, founder of Brooke, Bond, opened his first shop in Manchester in 1869 selling tea, coffee and sugar. Arthur's teas were pure, high-quality teas from India and China. Brooke, Bond and Co. entered the wholesale tea market in the 1870s. In the 1930s Arthur Brooke launched PG Tips in the UK under the name of Pre-Gest-Tee. The name implied that the tea could be drunk prior to food being digested. Grocers abbreviated it to PG.
After the Second World War, labelling regulations ruled out describing tea as aiding digestion--a property previously attributed to tea--and by 1950/1 the PG name was officially adopted. The company added "Tips" referring to the fact that only the tips (the top two leaves and bud) of the tea plants are used in the blend. (Wikipedia)
The 40s come in a square cardboard box with a lift up lid.
Around the top section of the box are images of blue sky and fluffy clouds.
Around the bottom of the box is are images of large tea leaves with dewdrops on.
The box states that the Pyramid shape allows the tea to move around more and 'freeing the delicious taste'.
The teabags are certified as being 'fully rainforest alliance certified'.
The bags have a long shelf life - this box is fresh until May 2013.
Available in 40s, 80s, 160s and 240s Pyramid bags.
These teabags can also be bought as:
or as Tea Granules
£1.35 - 40 Pyramid Bags
£4.99 - 160 Pyramid Bags
The teabags are packed tightly into the box rather than being laid tidily in packets as the round bags usually are.
The triangle bags brew quickly in a mug and give a strong flavoursome cup of tea - and one teabag is adequate to make two mugs of tea if you wish. I enjoy the tea made with these bags but could not say that I prefer it to either Tetley or TyPhoo.
Would buy these but only when on offer - as I do with the other brands.
5 Stars - no faults really.
Oooh! I love a good cup of tea. I am currently enjoying a cuppa and thought that I would share my PG Tips experience with you. It's not often that I buy PG Tips; I'm more of a 'TYPHOO' person, although these were the only ones available.
I actually bought this box of PG Tips from my local shop at a price of £1.29 for 40 tea bags (for the purpose of this review, I actually counted the tea bags as I transferred them from the box into my 'tea bags jar' and discovered that there are actually 41 tea bags in my box...so someone at PG Tips was feeling generous!).
As £1.29 is written all over the box, I am guessing that this is trying to scream out that the tea bags are on offer. Although, I'm sure that a box like this would normally cost just under £2.
~ * What Do They Look Like ? * ~
The tea bags come in a pyramid shape; apparently this allows the tea leaves to move around more freely; therefore giving the tea more flavour. One thing I don't like about these tea bags is the look of them; I mean I like the shape; very unique, but they are bright white....which makes me think that they are very bleached, which can't be good for you.
~ * How To Make Tea...* ~
Well, everyone knows how to make tea right? Simply, boil the kettle. How you make your tea depends on how you like it. Some of the time, I make mine in a pot or I make it in a cup. I find that it always tastes nicer when made in a pot.
When the kettle has boiled; simply pour into the pot/cup (make sure you have the tea bag in there first). Leave to brew and TA-DA; you have your cuppa.
~ * How Many Bags Do I Use? * ~
Well this all depends. If you are using a cup, then use one bag per cup. Generally, I usually add 2 tea bags if I am making a pot of tea for 2/3 people. However, working in a posh restaurant, the correct way is to add a tea bag per person and one for the pot. So for example, if you are making a pot of tea for two people, use three teabags, for three people use four tea bags etc. However, when I am at home, I never do this as it seems a bit of a waste of tea bags, and I am quite happy with the way I make it.
~ * What Does It Taste Like? * ~
Quite strong....very flavoursome....quite more-ish in a funny way! I have to say it tastes better when it is steaming hot, than when it is left to cool a bit (and so is warm-ish).
~ * PG TIPS * ~
I found that these tea bags don't need to be brewed for too long. They are quite strong and I found that just 2 minutes of brewing left the tea a dark golden colour and a strong taste. I like strong tea, however, I did find this a little bit strong; it's not the tea bags, just my personal taste; so next time I would probably brew it for half the time.
I have mine with milk and it tastes great!
If you are drinking tea on it's own (no milk and no sugar), good news, there is less than one calorie in a drink of tea; great news! Obviously this doesn't apply if you like a bit of milk and sugar.
Tea is also said to contain antioxidants; great for beating those winter bugs.
Would I recommend this tea? Absolutely!
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
We all know this tea, since we apparently drink 35 million cups of the stuff between us on an daily basis. Thinking about it, that's a massive amount of tea for one country, and only from one particular brand! My Dad has a saying, which I'm sure most English people would agree with, and it goes: 'have a cup of tea; take your mind off it.' This he uses regardless of what the 'it' might actually be- a slogan PG Tips might do well to adopt!
I don't actually remember drinking much of this until I got together with my boyfriend five years ago (tomorrow!) and now I drink no other brands, as he will only have PG Tips. He's very particular about his tea drinking- this rule goes hand in hand with several others: one is that tea must always be made in the pot, not the mug; you shouldn't warm the pot before pouring the water in, and you should, under no circumstances, stir the tea as it's brewing. Fortunately these kinds of stringent rules only apply to tea preparation!
Let's start with a bit about the history, then: this tea was originally just called PG, which stood for pre-gest-tee, which referred to its ability to aid digestion. After the Second World War, when Unilever were told they had to stop using this name as it wasn't necessarily true that tea aids digestion, they shortened it to PG. Tips, of course, refers to the fact that only the top two leaves and bud from the tea plants are used in making the blend.
It's a relatively ethical company, in that its tea plantations in East Africa are rainforest alliance certified. Apparently they also announced this year that they plan to stop testing the tea on animals- I'm not exactly sure how these kinds of tests would work anyway, to be honest. I have images of the PG Tips chimpanzees sitting around in a laboratory sipping from delicate bone china cups and making notes on the flavours. Presumably the reality is quite different, and it's a good thing they've decided to put a stop to this.
I must admit that I do really like the flavour of PG Tips- it's rich and smooth, without having a bitter aftertaste or being overwhelmingly strong, as other brands can be. It doesn't need brewing for long before pouring, and the colour is a lovely golden-brown. You only two bags in a pot to make a nice, flavoursome brew, and even if you under brew it it doesn't come out horribly weak.
The other thing PG Tips are now doing is their collection of 'the strong one,' ' the fresh one' and 'the delicate one.' I tried 'the fresh one,' and I have to say that it didn't taste any different to their ordinary blend to me, though perhaps I don't have a sensitive enough palate! The pyramid bags, likewise, don't seem to make an awful lot of difference as far as I'm concerned, though when it comes to the decaffeinated bags, I'm quite grateful that the difference is minuscule, because it means I can still enjoy the flavour but without the extra energy just before bed.
I think PG Tips are actually quite expensive compared to other tea bags, but it's worth spending a few extra pennies for the quality of taste you get from these bags. If you haven't tried them already, make sure you do.