I bought own brand Tea bags because there wasn't really any offers on in Tesco for tea when I was in there. These cost me 1 pound 20 for 80 bags which is considerably cheaper than the other brands (except Tesco value of course but I've learnt my lesson there- it's horrible). These are available in larger sizes but there isn't much of a saving in buying them only about 10 pence.
The tea comes in a red box but updated from the DooYoo picture above, it's now 'Original' rather than 'Quality tea'. The box says medium strength- I thought only coffee had that rating besides I would say this tea is strong to medium, certainly compared to other tea's.....Inside the tea bags are round and kept in two foil bags they're easy to open and easy to separate. The bags seem robust enough and I haven't had a burst one yet, the tea inside is leafy rather than powdery and as such doesn't leave 'scum'.
These tea bags don't take long to brew, in fact they seem to have more body than my usual Typhoo, Tetley or PG Tips and reach my prefered strength much quicker. This is a nice looking golden tea once the milk is added too, and not orange like a few cheaper brands I've tried.
Is it nice though?
I've had this tea before and wasn't impressed, however it tastes different than it used to. It's not a bad brew, can be too strong if over stewed (even for me and I drink builders tea) but on the whole it tastes rather nice. I never add sugar to tea yet some brands are sweet, this isn't. One thing I'm not to keen on is that it occasionally gives me a dry mouth after drinking it making it sometimes not as thirst quenching or smooth as it's contemporaries, but nevertheless I will buy it again.
===Packaging different to the image above===
Tesco Original Teabags.
Deep red box with black leaf images containing 80 teabags.
Has attractive image of a cup of tea on the front.
A full flavoured quality blend of medium strength tea.
Tesco Original Teabags.
Quality sealed - freshness guaranteed.
Rainforest Alliance Certified - minimum 30% of tea is from certified sources.
Product of more than one country and packed in the UK for Tesco.
Strength guide shows the teabags as being medium strong.
Every batch is carefully blended from its base of African teas.
To use - use one teabag per person and one extra for the teapot. Use freshly drawn and boiled water and allow to brew for 2-3 minutes.
My pack of 80 teabags costs £1.22.
These 'Original' teabags also comes in the following sizes:
40 soft bag - 74p.
160 box - £2.40.
240 box - £3.00.
480 box - £5.98.
I do not really spend a lot on expensive foods but one thing I do enjoy is a good strong sup of tea - which for me is a daily treat.
My husband has started using decaffeinated teabags which I sometimes use but more often than not I buy the better brands of teabags such as PG Tips or Ty Phoo.
Shopping online with Tesco I try and buy these more expensive teabags when they are on offer, though they are still more expensive than the Tesco own brand teabags.
The other week I was trying to save on our food bill so decided to re-try these own brand teabags - I am sure I had tried them a few years ago and was not too impressed but thought they were worth a go anyway.
I will not use the value teabags but thought these Original teabags would be a good compromise - they were cheaper than the other branded ones on sale anyway.
Well these teabags come nicely foil wrapped inside the box and are circular and indistinguishable from many others I buy.
I am really impressed with these teabags - as although they are cheaper than many others they make a really good tasting and strong cup of tea - and I only leave the teabag in my mug for a matter of 30 seconds or so - so you could have it much stronger again if you left it to brew for the suggested 2-3 minutes.
I cannot actually tell any difference to the more expensive teabags I have been buying and will definitely continue to buy these cheaper teabags. They make a lovely deep golden cup of tea, with a lovely aroma and good flavour.
Seeing that the 480 box of teabags costs under £6 I think I will buy that next time as it works out more economical than the smaller 80 box I had bought to try.
This may be an own brand product but the quality, to my taste anyway, is as good as any other of the branded teabags I have been using, and if I did not know who sold them in a blind testing they would compare very favourably, if not better, that the expensive brands.
I am sure that when Tesco redesigned the packaging they must have improved the blending of this tea as well as it is definitely one that would hold its own with any other that I have tried.
===Would I Recommend?===
With the amount of tea I drink anyone would think I'm a connoisseur and quite fussy about my choice.
However, the opposite is true - I've never met a brand of tea I didn't like. I suppose this is mainly because of the way I prepare my tea, suggested years ago by a builder - so I knew it was good advice to take. I drink my tea black, with the tea bag left in and zapped in the microwave for 60 secs. Everyone in the office thinks I am minging as it comes out looking like Bisto but that's the way I like it! I expect after making a brew this way I have destroyed any subtle favours or delicate tastes - and that's why all tea is much the same to me.
I usually just bought any tea that was on offer, but for the past few times I've got this Tesco own brand tea, purely because it was a good price.
The packaging is slightly different from that shown in the pic - it's now referred to as "Original" rather than "Quality". It also has a little Fainforest Alliance logo on it - they certify and guarantee that "farmers follow sound agricultural practices" and that "workers have just wages...living conditions...access to education and healthcare". The Tesco Original Tea contains 30% minimum certified tea.
The box gives you instructions on how to make the "perfect" cup of tea - just the way that you expect any regular person to brew up, not my method at all (there's probably a Health & Safety issue with mine!).
The bags themselves are round and foil wrapped.
The box also says that it is No 2 - "medium" strength out of a possible three.
A pack of 80 tea bags is £1.22.
But apart from the price, the reason why I been getting this tea regularly is that it is actually very, very strong! I've bought tea branded as extra strong and rocket fuel, but this is just as strong as any I have had. As soon as you pour on the boiling water, it turns a great creosote brown immediately - I could probably do without the microwave stage, but still do just to be sure that it is strong enough to walk on.
I'm very lucky where I live as our tap water is straight from the mountains and really pure, so I never get a yukky film on top of the tea, and despite the strength, I never get stained cups or mugs. Or teeth, come to think of it!
My fortunate tea making probably has as much to do with the quality of our water as it has with the quality of the tea, but it's good that I don't have to fork out a fortune for a decent cuppa.
If you like mild or even medium strength tea you might find this is too strong for you, but I think it's great quality and value, so I'm really pleased with this product.
I'm also really pleased that I resisted the temptation to go wild with tea puns - glad I had a cuppa to calm me down!
Thanks for reading!
Tesco Quality Tea Bags
With the cost of just about everything going up in the supermarket on a regular basis and wages staying at the same rates year by year I am always on the lookout for good quality, cheaper alternatives particularly when it comes to drinks and household products. I bought a box of these Tesco Quality Tea bags to try out a few months ago for this very reason.
The tea bags come in a large red cardboard box that is recyclable; the tea bag boxes come in a variety of sizes - 40 bags, 80 bags, 160 bags and 240 bags which is quite a varied range! The box has a faint map of the world traced on it and a beige label with the branding written on it. The box also has a Quality Seal of Approval; I presume this is from Tesco itself. Inside the box the tea bags are sealed in an air tight plastic packaging to keep them fresh.
This is classed as a Medium Strength tea, it is made with a mixed blend of quality teas for a fuller flavour and a naturally refreshing taste according to the label. The teabags are rounded and full of the tea leaves, they smell nice and earthy and reasonably strong.
I pour in my tea cup freshly boiled water with the teabag inside so the water swirls it around a bit. Then I leave my tea to brew for about a minute, squeeze out the teabag and add a dash of milk. The tea bag turns the waters colour quite quickly, which is always a good sign to me being a strong tea lover.
The tea tastes smooth and quite strong, with a nice rich flavourful taste, I definitely agree with the Medium strength rating. These are not as rich as some of the teas that I have tried but they are very pleasant to drink none the less and very comparable to the standard teas that you see on the supermarket shelf, in fact I probably couldn't tell the difference if you put the two cups in front of me! So at half the price these are a great buy and tea bags that I will be buying again in the future.
These are only available at Tesco stores and online and the prices are as follows:
40 Pack - 79 p
80 Pack - £1.25
160 Pack - £2.55
480 Pack - £7.00
Because of the credit crunch i have been trying to cut down our weekly shopping bill and both me and my fiancée are addicted to tea and so I decided rather then buying our usual PG Tips I'd try there own brand.
The price is reasonable at just over a £1 for 80 bags, almost half the price of the branded ones.
The packaging also surprised me as it doesn't look cheap at all. It's a bright red so stands out on the shelves at the supermarket. It says Tesco quality tea and because of this I really trusted that it would be just that quality tea! It also says in the corner that its a medium strength tea although I have to say ive never seen the weak or strong ones on the shelves.
Inside the tea bags are foil packed. There are two silver foils both with 40 tea bags each in order to lock in the freshness.
The taste is incredible, just as good as all brands out there. You would never know I have spent half the price.
'I like this tea, I also like this tea' - just thought I'd channel the old lady in the Aldi advert for a moment. But I won't continue to the punch line, as unlike the old lady, I don't prefer gin.
In fact tea is my all time favourite drink. Give me a cup of tea any day over any kind of beverage. Yes, I am 29-years-old not 89 but I do have a little daughter now and my days of drinking out on the town are over, so it's tea all the way if I had to choose one drink to live on for the rest of my life. The only other contender would be Ovaltine but I think I would become a little bit parched after a while living on that.
I've always had a little bargain with myself when doing the weekly Tesco shop. I'm prepared to buy the cheapest options on a host of products but there are a few things which I deem my little luxuries and one is a decent brand of tea. Yorkshire Tea and Twinings are my favourites but I'll also settle for Tetley or Typhoo for a change. So how did I end up purchasing Tesco's own tea bags. A bit of a mad moment I think. But have I gone on to regret that rash decision or not?
Tesco Quality Tea Bags come in a big red box. The design seems overly simple on first glance but on closer look you see that superimposed onto the red background is a line drawing of a map of the world.
Over this comes a label which reads Tesco Quality Tea. The label has been made to look like it has been written on an old, worn piece of paper and stuck onto the box. I think the aim here is to make the tea seem well-established and therefore of premium quality. Underneath the main title of the tea comes the blurb "quality teas from around the globe, expertly blended for a full flavour and refreshing taste, perfect for any time of day" further compounding the fact Tesco is trying to make out this tea is rival to any of the top teas on the market.
If you turn the box around anti-clockwise, the same Quality Tea label is displayed on this side and if you turn it around again you come to the storage details and additional information, which is basically that you can recycle the box when you're done, and also a strength guide. Strength one is mild, strength two is medium and strength three is strong.
According to my box I picked up medium strength which is good but also lucky as I didn't realise when I was whisking around Tesco that this tea came in different strengths. I may have been tempted with strong if I'd known but I'm glad I didn't pick up weak.
A final turn of the box brings us to Richard Thomas. He is Tesco's tea consultant apparently. There is even a picture of the grey haired chap in his shirt and tie, white apron combo, consulting with some tea, or perhaps just pouring some milk into a cup, I'm not completely sure.
According to the bit about him, he has worked as tea expert at Tesco since 1999 and has spent his working life in the international tea trade as taster, buyer, blender and exporter in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malawi and India. An impressive CV.
He then kindly tells us how to make the perfect cup of tea. I won't bore you with that bit, I think it's a little unnecessary. Finally in the corner of this side of the box is another label which reads: "Every batch of Tesco tea is carefully blended to give a refreshing full flavour from its base of great African teas. Tesco is passionate about the environment and this box is made from recycled cardboard, please recycle it again..."
The greatest accolade I can give this tea is I only remembered I had purchased Tesco tea in the weekly shop after finishing off my first cup.
The fact as I was drinking it I didn't recall this fact is evidence that it is an all right tea.
I like my tea to have a good strong taste, with not too much of milky edge and to have a full-rounded flavour, without that bitter after taste which can leave you with a slightly dry feeling on the top of your palate.
I found Tesco tea has a good strength without being too overpowering and is a refreshing drink. It looks a little paler than some teas once you have added the milk but luckily this is not reflected in the taste, as it does not seem too milky.
It is not a very indulgent tea - the kind you take a sip from and sit back luxuriously on the sofa in pleasure, but the tea bags make a good every day kind of cup of tea, which quenches the thirst well and does the job, as they say.
I wouldn't purchase this tea regularly as it doesn't come across as quite as high quality as other big brand names, despite Tesco's assurances on the box of its premium credentials. I would however buy it to have in the cupboard for those cups of tea you have on the go when you're not exactly paying too much attention to the tea but are looking for a nice warm drink to quench your thirst. It would also be good 'office tea' if you want to save on the work's coffers and buy some biscuits instead of branded tea.
I am pleasantly surprised with how good Tesco Quality Tea is. It could have gone miserably wrong when I decided to take a gamble on it however it is really quite palatable and a great money saver at around £2.80 for a box of 160 tea bags. However, it won't sway this tea fan away from her branded tea full-time.
Time for a cuppa? Put the kettle on and make yourself some of this!
If, like me, you like a good strong cup of tea, then this is for you. It's a great, honest, cup of tea! I don't know what blend of tea Tesco uses but I have been buying this for years and it never lets me down. I take my tea black with no sugar and this has just the right amount of tannin in it to get my tastebuds tingling. It really gives you a good hit of caffeine too. Not at all weak and as strong as you want to make it. The longer it brews the better the flavour!
My hubby likes slightly weaker tea than me, plus milk and he reckons this tea is good for him. Good for dunking digestives in too!
The price ranges from 78p for 40 bags up to £5.99 for 480 bags. Very good value if you ask me!
So next time you need a brew, try Tesco Quality Teabags.
I tried this tea at my girlfriend's house and was pleased with it so have been drinking it myself at home. Usually I just buy a big pack of a 'premium' tea when my current box is running out & the premium stuff is on sale, but I thought I'd give this one a try - 2p per teabag is a good deal even for the 80 bag box which I bought to try this tea every day.
First off, in terms of availability this Tesco own brand tea is available in boxes of 40,80,160,240 and 480 bag boxes online. In-store, fewer of the different sizes are probably available. The prices online are £0.78, £1.57, £2.47, £3.46 and £5.99 respectively. Per bag, this works out at 2p per bag for the two smallest boxes, and progressively less above that.
The packaging is fairly simple; a noticeable red cardboard box with some basic information on the sides. On the back are instructions for making the 'perfect cup of tea' - nothing new, just use new water & a new bag for each cup, and brew for 2-3 minutes. The box is widely recyclable. On the front, the box shows that the tea is 'medium strength' and this is a 2 out of 3 by their measurements. I'd agree with this, explained below.
The tea itself is packaged within separate foil bags of 40 within the box - this keeps one half of the bags fresh while you work through the first half. I find this to be a useful addition to the packaging of teas; I can't really taste a difference if I'm honest but I only buy smallish boxes of tea - if you bought the 480-bag box you'd want this more than I would. I like it just for the smell when you open the foil bags...
The bags themselves are round, white teabags - not PG pyramids or Twinings squares, nor Clipper beigeness, just a standard white, round bag. Works well enough!
I like this as a standard, everyday breakfast tea. I do like green tea, darjeeling etc but I also love a good everyday cuppa. The flavour is nothing special, but it isn't weak on the first brew. It is suitable for dark tea drinkers, or those who like a splash of milk. I also enjoyed it with a smidge of sugar, just because there are some days when I need it. Basically, this is a decent cup of tea.
There is little to no scum from this tea which I like, it makes the cups easier to clean. However, I do like to get two cups from a teabag in the interests of thrift - this doesn't work well with Tesco own-brand tea unfortunately - it just isn't strong enough. If this is something you do as well, the medium-strength tea just isn't a strong enough blend for using a bag twice.
This is a good tea to have in the cupboard - it tastes as good as any other and is very cheap compared to other brands, such as PG Tips (which I would've paid an extra 61p for on the 80-bag box). I just wish I was able to sneak two cups out of every bag. For that reason I'll go back to Clipper & Twinings.
When it comes to tea its the thing I drink the most...as does my flatmate/bestmate. We can spend a fortune on premium/branded teas so we are constantly on the look out for bargains when we are in the supermarkets to try make cut backs with.
The tea we have been drinking the most of recently is this Tesco 'Quality' Tea as we have a Tesco Express almost on our doorstep!
You can purchase these teabags in an array of different siizes but no matter the size you purchase the box is the same in its appearance. The box is bright red with a beige square section on the front of it and on that we are told that it is Tesco Quality Tea 'Quality teas from around the globe, expertly blended for a full flavour and refreshing taste, perfect for anytime of day' and then we are told that they have a maximum strength of 2 and the amount of bags is stated on a corner of the box. Other information listed on the box includes the weight of the box (which for 80 teabags in my case was 250g), we are told how to make a cup of tea (?) and contact details for Tesco are given and thats it basically. Inside You get two rows/tubes of 40 teabags in silver, easy to open foil to obviously keep the bags fresher for longer.
What you get are white perforated, well made and round teabags. Each one if filled with dark black and brown bits of tea leaves from Africa and of course we have a strength value of 2 given on the box which is a medium strength tea. All you do is make the tea up as you normally would and this gives a dark rown tea with no bits in it at all. I'm impresed by the lack of scum and of course you can control the strength of the tea too and I find if I leave this to brew for a couple of minutes I get a really strong and rich tea.
In my opinion these are as good as far more expensive teabags and do not lack on/in quality at all. I think they are not only superb teabags but great value and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who likes a nice cuppa!
Only available in Tesco stores.