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This blend seems to get its strength by processing and not by good quality teas. The Strong One is darker than than normal PG Tips but you can get that just by steeping normal PG Tips a bit longer. The flavor you get is that of over-steeped tea also, not a good, high quality strong tea. Unilever clearly does not care about what the customer really wants, just how much profit they can get from a box. If you really love good tea, I recommend that you stay away from this. Twining's 1706 is a bit closer to Special Blend than this and that would be my suggestion for real tea drinkers.
I don't normally write food reviews. Most of the foods I use already have a massive number of reviews, and I don't really have anything to say that hasn't already been said, usually several times. But, as this is a new product, and one which many people may not have tried yet, I feel I am doing a public service by making you aware of this. I honestly feel this is the best tea bag you can buy.
I love tea. I simply can not start the day on less than two cups, and I don't even want to think how many I drink throughout the day. I have tea to wake up, tea with meals, tea for a break and even tea to unwind before bed. I feel there is no such thing as a cup of tea that is too strong. I recently lamented having to return a kettle which seemed to reach a far higher temperature than others - in fact the skin is just starting to grow back on the roof of my mouth from sipping my tea so hot, and I thought that was it for truly strong tea until I get around to buying another wee teapot for the hob. Then I came across this tea, on special at Tesco for £1.24 for 80 tea bags. Had I known how good it was, I'd have bought 20 boxes then and there.
Like P&G tips ordinary tea, this comes in their unique pyramid shaped tea bags. This is meant to allow more movement of the leaves within the bag freeing the flavour. Whether this is true or a gimmick, I really don't know, but I have always considered P&G Tips the very best brand of tea. I can't say if it is down to the shape of the tea bags, a superior quality of tea leaves or both. On first inspection, this really did not look any different from ordinary P&G and I wasn't really expecting anything much better than their usual high standard. Still I quickly put on the kettle and sampled my first cup. The results were - divine.
P&G says this is extra pressed and is appropriate when you need a kick start. P&G Strong creates a tea that is very much like one brewed on the hob in an instant. I'm sure you all know how to make a cup of tea, so I won't go into detail, but with 60 seconds and a boiled kettle you can have a truly remarkable rich cup of tea in a shade of brown every bit as rich and dark and my husbands coffee. I find myself at a loss for words to describe the taste. It is strong, full bodied, luxurious and warms the body and the soul.
Now I am not usually quite enough of a skinflint to reuse my tea bags, but I'm sure everyone has in a pinch. So for the purposes of the review, I decided to try to make a second cup from a used tea bag. While the second cup was nowhere near as lovely as the first, it wasn't half bad. In fact - I'd go so far as to say a third or fourth brewing would still beat Typhoo hands down.
Of course if you prefer a lighter anemic cup of tea - this will most certainly not be for you. However P&G has also released another new flavour - Delicate ( which I have no intention of trying) which is lightly pressed and decaffeinated. The third newcomer to their range is called The Fresh One. Again, I have not tried this, but is says it is pressed within hours of picking to capture the smoothest flavour. Sounds good, but I still think the Strong One will suit me best.
I really can not think of any disadvantages to this tea - except that my local Tesco has sold out. If you enjoy a strong cuppa, then do give this a try. There is never anything so wrong in the world a good cuppa won't make things better - and this is the best cup of tea you can make.
P&G is certified by the Rainforest Alliance. This means they use sustainable farming methods and provide a better standard of living for those who grow the tea - so it as an ethical choice as well as delicious one.