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      05.01.2014 20:44
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      Overall don't expect too much but can't go wrong for the price

      I've been trying to cost cut and some of the basis ranges food & drink. I was a bit unsure about buying these tea bag and I will admit that the first couple of cups I was unsure what I thought but although only 27p I was going to drink all 80. Money's money after all & after a couple of cups they get betters drink. Like most of the basis range the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. The box is very thin cardboard like most tea boxes with no fancy artwork like you'd expect. Inside the box the tea bags are in a cellophane packet rather than the "foil freshness" that other tea bags come in. The bags themselves are round and functional though the bag itself feels stiffer than other brands. You don't need to do anything magical with them just boil the kettle, hot water on and let it brew. I have found that they need to be left to brew for longer but with a pre-schooler & a baby to look after that's not hard otherwise it's a very pale tea also try to pour the water in the bag itself otherwise you'll be waiting a long time for your water to turn into tea. All in all after I got over my tea snobbishness I'm converted and nearly through my second box and will be after a third soon. For 27p for 80 give then a try you might be surprised don't expect twinnings standard and you'll be fine.

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      22.04.2013 14:40
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      I tend to use two for me and I like them that way better!

      When it comes to drinking tea I'm a champion of it! I get through lots and lots of teabags in a week and it can work out an expensive pastime so when I was in my local Tesco store I bought several boxes of these 80 teabags to try, not just for me but for my parents and guests as well as my flat was like central station with being decorated and the likes. The Packaging: These come in an off whitish in colour box and on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that you get 80 in a box and then you get little red coloured pictures of cups, spoons and kettles and the likes and there is a photograph on there of a cuppa then on the bottom of the box ingredients are listed and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. It does look a cheap product from the packaging but it is informative enough to be fair to it. The TeaBags: To use these you simply use the square shaped teabags as you would do any other kind. They have a strength rating of 2 so that tells me they do make a light tasting and not a strong tea. I pop one into a mug (2 sometimes for a really strong cup of tea for me!), top it up with boiling water and usually leave it about 3 minutes as me and my family like strong tea so if you want it weaker then let it steep for less amount of time of course, longer if you want it to be a bit stronger though be warned with only one bag used you never get really strong tea. I find these to be ok teabags. They sure are economical and a good emergency purchase and get me by well enough. They make a light brown, almost golden coloured tea and of course you can add whatever you like to it like milk and sugar, sweetened or honey. I find the bags to be robust enough and not to tear, I don't get dusty tea just an ok light flavoured tea and I have no quibbles with that at all after paying out just 27p for a bag of 80 of them! Only available from Tesco stores. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        04.04.2013 11:01

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        Me and my mum got these one day as they were 27p and thought it can't hurt to try. I am glad we did because we haven't bought anything since! They must have changed the design since many of the reviews as they are now circular and separate tea bags which don't split open. The taste is what I like the most, they have great flavour which matches or surpasses bigger brands and we as a family would really recommend them, they are such good value and have saved us a good amount of money in the last few months!

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        01.03.2013 23:21
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        I'd rather go without.

        I am a total tea junkie, I cannot survive without it and heaven help anyone who gets between me and the kettle first thing in the morning. And I'm not picky about brand either; as long as it's hot and wet I'm happy. At work we go through gallons of the stuff and usually chip in to buy catering size boxes of tea bags from the local cash and carry (which we usually get though in just over a week!) but after running out we sent one of our younger colleagues to Tesco for emergency stock, only for him to come back with these value brand bags. Now as far as I am concerned tea is tea regardless of packaging, however these have educated me to the contrary. I found them to be weak and tasteless with a slightly bitter aftertaste which even extra milk didn't disguise. And leaving the bag in the cup to try and make the taste stronger just makes the aftertaste even more unpleasant. Although we still have the box buried at the back of the cupboard in case of a tea emergency I have not yet reached a stage where I have been desperate enough to try them again. Considering that these cost less than 30p for 80 bags they are super cheap, but they are also super nasty and I wouldn't recommend them.

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          06.01.2013 18:35
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          The worst tea bags I've ever had the misfortune to drink

          Now, where do I start ? Lets start by being brutal but truthful - Tesco Value tea bags are a step up from sipping water from an oily puddle on the motorway. I can say that with my hand on the Holy Bible if you want me to, because it is TRUE. There is nothing good about Tesco Value tea bags, except for the price of course, which is 27p. I first saw them in about summer last year and decided to give them a try, as there was nothing to lose, but I wish I'd kept my 27 pennies as they could have been used more wisely, like putting them down a drain! I did have a feeling they would be bad, but I never could have anticipated HOW bad. The packaging was typical of the old Tesco Value (not the new not-so-nice "Everyday Value") and it had the usual printings on it. Things only started to go wrong when I opened the box! Firstly, there were no foil bags, the tea bags were just loose. Then; I decided to use one. I boiled the kettle, but a bag in a Fine Bone China Cup and poured the water over it. Within seconds I was hit by an awful (some may like it but I do not) smell, but I thought perhaps it would taste better. I squeezed the bag (to which it burst!), put some milk in and tasted it. God awful are two apt words to describe it. Utterly repulsive are another. It really had the worst taste I've ever tasted in tea, I can't describe it, but it just was not nice at all. The only blessing was that the taste is quite mild so I didn't have to suffer it too badly. I finished the cup (not wanting to waste the milk more than anything) and put the box away in the cupboard for emergency use. I have used it a few times for emergencies when I've ran out of my more expensive tea bags, but recently when I had a few days without good tea bags I didn't even use them as I couldn't bring myself to do it. So, there you have it. Save some money and just pour the water from the wash basin into a cup, it will taste the same. I hope you have enjoyed reading this review more than I enjoyed the tea bags.

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          11.08.2012 23:28
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          The tea is too weak for me

          We get through a fair amount of tea in our house due to four of us drinking it. Spotting this in Tesco I got excited by the price and decided to buy it. The above picture is outdated as value have new packaging- white with an orange and brown design decorated with teaspoon and teapots etc. The writing tells us it's 'Everyday Value- 80 teabags'. The new box says it's an 'improved blend' and is chosen by experts- it doesn't specify experts in what but I don't think it's tea!. Costing 27p for 80 I thought not an expensive mistake, my usual PG Tips are £2 something for the same amount. Even Tesco own brand cost £1.31 so at the very least I was saving a pound. Well the bags are individual which is in their favour, no more have split than any other brand of teabags I've had. The tea in the bag is 'dusty' to get any flavour you have to stew it for ages and I'm too impatient to wait. It's a weak tea that easily becomes over stewed. It would be okay if you like tea weak, but I don't. Not particularly horrid tasting but not particularly nice either- it's just weak, bitter and abit grey looking. I haven't bothered making it in a tea pot but would imagine that you'd definitely need 'one for the pot'. Again you get what you pay for. I should have learnt by know that you can't skimp on tea- I won't be buying this again. I'm giving it one star for the price.

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            02.07.2012 17:01
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            A nice cup of tea for those who like their brew weak

            Before I was pregnant I always used to enjoy a cup of black coffee in the morning and again when I got to work, that was until I was having Jayden and was advised to cut out the black coffee or at least cut it right down. I did switch to having just one cup of black coffee a day but was still a bit concerned that this was too much caffeine to be drinking so I decided to switch to drinking tea, something that I really didn't drink a lot of at all. A couple of months after having Jayden I still haven't gone back to drinking black coffee and am still drinking tea. Personally me and my husband are not too bothered about what brand of tea we drink and would often go for whatever was on offer or Tesco own brand tea, however I was recently doing my shopping and spotted Tesco Everyday Value Tea Bags, so I decided to give it a try after all if we really didn't like it then I hadn't wasted a lot of money. Packaging The Tesco Everyday Value Tea Bags come in a beige coloured cardboard box, this has the name of the product at the top of the box, Tesco Everyday Value 80 Tea Bags, this is written in two shades of red, one corner of the box is also coloured in red and has "Improved Recipe" written in it. The rest of the box is taken up with a large picture of a cup of tea and small pictures of various things associated with tea such as cups, spoons and tea pots, these are in rows and in the same two shades of red as the name at the top of the box. The strength of the tea also appears in the bottom corner of the box. All of the product information appears on the back of the box, I cannot remember exactly what was on the back of the box as I did throw this out some time ago after I removed the tea bags from it to put them in a container. The box simply opens by pulling apart the two flaps on top of the box and inside the tea bags come in two cellophane wrappers containing 40 tea bags each, these simply can be torn at one end to open them. The Tea Bags The Tea Bags look just like any other tea bag, they are round in shape, the same mesh type fabric forms the bag containing the tea and is sealed around the whole edge. The tea has quite a strong pleasant smell to it when you open the packets, the bags feel reasonably strong giving the impression that they will not split once the hot water is added and the tea bag is squeezed, however the real test was going to be when I made a cup of tea with them as there's nothing worse than the tea bag splitting whilst you are making it. I do not really know a lot about the strength of tea and how it is graded as personally I prefer my tea to be weaker rather than stronger, however Tesco Everyday Value Tea Bags are said to be strength 2 which is described as medium. Instructions I cannot remember if the instructions are on the back of the box, from what I can remember they were, however this information is definitely on the Tesco Website, this basically includes how to use the tea bags and make the perfect cup of tea, personally I feel this is down to preference how you make your tea but the instructions include * Warm the tea pot with boiling water * Use one tea bag per person and one for the tea pot * Pour in the boiling water and leave to brew for 4 to 5 minutes * Serve without milk Personally this is not how I use the tea bags, to start with we do not have a tea pot and the bag goes straight in the mug with some milk, I then add the water and leave to brew but only for a couple of minutes as I do not like my tea to be too strong, but as I have said this is down to personal preference and everyone has their own way of making a cup of tea. Price and Availability Obviously the Everyday Value Tea Bags are only available from Tesco as they are part of their own range of products, you get 80 tea bags per box and one box costs just 27p. Personally I think this is excellent value for money, we do not drink a huge amount of tea in our house so one box lasts us quite a while. These tea bags are a lot cheaper than some brands of tea bags you can get so are good value for money. My Opinion Personally I have been very impressed with the Tesco Everyday Value Tea Bags, once the tea has been made it has a lovely mild flavour to it which is very pleasant, I have had no problems with the tea bags splitting at all. These tea bags are excellent value for money as you do get a lot of tea bags for your money, they are handy to have in the house if you do not drink much tea yourself in case people visit and want a cup of tea, with these you do not have to spend a lot of money on them. Personally me and my husband really like these tea bags and enjoy the flavour of the tea they make, however I would say that if you like your tea strong then these may not be for you as they do have quite a mild flavour to them, but for me that is ideal as I do not like strong tea and would rather it weaker so these are perfect for us. I will definitely be purchasing Tesco Everyday Value Tea Bags again in the future and would certainly recommend them.

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            19.05.2012 13:28
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            Don't waste your money

            We have been trying some of Tesco's own brand tea bags. These are 'proper' cheapy cheap tea bags and they only cost us 29p for a massive 80 bags!! I was well impressed with the price - who wouldn't be? But, the taste test was yet to come. The rather plain looking box of tea bags weighs in at 250g and the bags themselves look nothing special. I boiled the kettle and made the tea as usual. We tend not to mess about with tea pots in our house - I just bung a bag in a clean cup and chuck hot water over it and let it wait for about 3 minutes before removing it and adding a tiny splash of milk. I am not sure what sort of tea leaves Tesco are using for these bags exactly, in fact, I am not even sure they are TEA leaves, as such. Upon waiting the usual 3 minutes and then adding the milk, all I was left with in my cup was what looked like a cup of MILK! I then proceeded to put the bag back into the cup and mash it about a bit, hoping that some flavour might actually escape out of the pathetic looking teabag. It didn't! The tea continued to look very pale and milky and not at all like something I wanted to drink. It smelled odd too. I tasted it, to give it the benefit of the doubt but it tasted a little bit like slightly bitter milk. I gave a cup to my dear other half and she hated it so much she couldn't actually finish off the cup. We tried a few more bags, thinking that possibly the first few had been 'duds' - they weren't! Every single cup we made tasted the same. Using 2 bags at a time in one cup does not make the slightest bit of difference, either. We tried that and still we could get no actual flavour of tea from the bags. These tea bags were a massive disappointment. I have taken them into the office at work and there is still almost a full box left now after several weeks. This is due to the fact that once someone tries one of them - they never go back for a second cup. In my opinion, don't waste your 29p on these 'tea bags' - you may as well be drinking a cup of milky water. Not recommended.

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              27.12.2011 01:42

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              Tasteless but worth a try

              ---Why I Bought Them--- I am a bit of a fan of lots of Tesco Value products, as these days we all need to watch the pennies - but must admit that these teabags are not one of them! --Product--- Comes in packs of 80 teabgs for only 27p - contains standard round teabags. The teabags come in a cardboard box - inside are two clear packets of teabags - each containing 40 bags. Very weak and tasteless tea - although its cheap I prefer to buy a better brand when I can find them on offer - as I would rather go without than use these - though I do love my cups of tea. I find it completely tasteless. However this is only my opinion as my husband, who prefers weaker tea is quite happy to use these. The tea brews quickly when made in a mug and has a mid/medium colour when milk is added. ---Cost--- Coming at only 27 pence they seem a bargain. ---My Opinion--- If you are strapped for cash why not give one packet a try - it might be to your liking so therefore it is then a bargain. I enjoy a slightly stronger cup and found there was no taste at all with them. My husband has not complained about the tea he has been getting so I continue to buy these teabags for him as with weak tea I do not suppose the lack of taste is any more noticeable than when using better quality teabags. ---Would I Recommend?--- Yes - not from what I think of them but at 27p they are worth a try - and if you find they make an adequate cup of tea for your liking then you will definitely be saving money - and if you do not like them you have not wasted much money. ---Star Rating--- I have given them 2 stars as they obviously suit some people. ---Website--- http://www.tesco.com/groceries/

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              03.10.2011 13:55
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              Save your 28p

              With our food shopping bill going up and up I've tried to do the drop a brand trick. I used to buy Tetley tea bags, and then reduced to Tesco ad recently brought Tesco Value tea bags. For me this is truly a product that you pay for what you get. Looking at it they were only 28p for 80 tea bags...What did I expect!! The box is white with red writing and the obvious Tesco Value logo. The box however is made of cardboard so is recyclable On opening the box the teabags look ok and normal but there is a lot dusty loose tea in the bottom of the box. The tea bags looked ok but once in the boiling water they didn't amount to much they were very weak. I left it brew in the cup with 2 tea bags for 5 minuets and it was just about acceptable but the tea it's self was not the temperature I like to drink it at and appeared a greyish colour once the milk was added. There is no tea aroma and the taste is virtually next to nothing and has a bitter after taste. The taste was slight improved with a little sugar as it took the bitter edge off it. I have struggled to make a nice cuppa with these tea bags so they are now in my bin!! I'm really disappointed with this Tesco value product, they really should not be sold and I would not recommend them to anyone.

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                10.06.2011 12:46

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                After reading on the money saving expert that the various "finest", "normal" and "value" ranges are often all the same product just marketed differently, as the price is bumped up for the more elaborate packaging, I thought I'd splash out one these teabags for just 27p. I normally buy tetley or pg but to my surprise these are just as good! Honestly don't be fooled by the drab looking box because the actual tea is delicious!If you want my advice, put these teabags in an empty tetley box or something and I promise you your guests won't ever tell the difference!Try, be surprised and enjoy! You will have saved about £2!

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                09.02.2011 20:31
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                A Bargain basement Tea Bag

                At 27pence for 250g/80 bags (I will take Tesco's word for this as I have never bothered to count them) these are not the type of tea bags you pay an awful lot of attention to and you certainly would not dignify them with a tea pot and cosy! They are quite simply the runt of the tea bag family, a little rough round the edges and a bit spiteful towards the pallate. I buy them for one reason only, my partner drinks his tea so weak and with so much milk that it borders pointless him actually bothering to add a tea bag to the mix. I was fed up paying for premium tea that hardly got a look in when placed in the mug and so I downshifted to these. I on the other hand drink my tea without milk and sugar and fairly weak and although I can tolerate the taste to a certain degree I certainly could not drink them on a regular basis. The tea has a fairly insignificant taste and upon adding hot water there is next to no aroma. The general taste is not insipid or unpleaseent nor is it strong enough to produce a prominent flavour and they do have a slightly bitter aftertaste. There is no doubt tesco could improve upon the leaves they select for the bags and perhaps charge a little extra for a better flavour. I would advise that if you like strong flavoursome tea or are a seasoned connoisseur of the humble tea bag then dont waste your money on these but if you drink your tea quite weakly and you are not too fussy then they will serve their purpose quite well and for 27pence you may as well give them a go.

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                05.02.2011 12:53
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                Avoid it at all costs!

                Some weeks ago, we ran out of teabags and this caused great alarm to my wife who is totally addicted to her cuppa. I raked around at the back of the cupboard and found a nearly full box of these which I had stupidly bought and sampled a while back. I had little option in the short term but to make use of these until we could get out to the shops. Snow and ice at the time were confining us to the house. My wife wouldn't drink the tea and even had coffee as an alternative and she hardly ever drinks instant coffee. That's a measure of how bad these are! I tried a cup and had to agree that tea made from these tea bags tasted really foul and bitter. I don't normally take sugar in either tea or coffee, but I had to put a spoonful of sugar in tea made with these just to get it down my neck. Two days later we were able to make it to the shops and I re-stocked with her favourite Typhoo. I persevered with a few more cups of this dishwater but ultimately they went in the bin. I don't have a problem with Value range products; in fact some of them are very good indeed. However, these Value teabags are very poor. They even look scruffy and cheap. I don't mind the thin and cheap looking packaging, but when you open the box, you just get a dusty residue at the bottom of the box and the teabags themselves also leak dust into the finished brew. You wonder whether the dust is even tea? Maybe it's the sweepings from the factory floor! You have to be seriously poor or seriously mad to enjoy a cup of tea made with this product. I don't even want to give it one star.

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                  16.01.2011 11:21

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                  No-nonsense cup of tea for a no nonsense price

                  I love my cups of tea! If ever there was an Olympic Category for Tea drinking I'd get the Gold! Hands down - no contest! What I don't love is the price that the most popular boxes of tea bags cost! I mean why do I have to pay over 2 quid for a box of 80 little gauze filled bags of tea? Thats 2 and a half pence for each tea bag! Then along came Tesco Value Tea Bags! 80 tea bags for 27p (that's a serious 0.0034p per bag!)The overall saving is a whopping £1.73 per box of 80 tea bags. The great thing about them is that they make a really grand brew. I have one at the side of me now whilst I wax lyrical about the taste and the colour of the brew itself. Ok, so the packaging doesn't have lovely pictures of ladies picking tea-leaves in distant lands, or little men with broad Yorkshire accents parading on the television extolling the virtues of their tea bags. Now there is no reason why I will ever stray into the land of expensive boxes of tea when I can get a proper brew for a down to earth price. As I am on a rather tight budget, I believe that the Tesco Value range helps me save a lot of cash, without compromising on the quality and taste of the product! I must say the Tesco Value range is a staple product in my cupboards these days! (By the way I don't work for Tesco's - I just enjoy their Value range!)

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                  29.11.2010 22:14
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                  This product should be ashamed to call itself a teabag!!!

                  My grandmother used to say buy cheap buy twice, I think she was talking about these teabags!!! This tea comes in a traditional square flat teabag. The first thing you notice when you open the box is that there is a lot of loose tea flakes sprinkled thought the box. Most of the teabags are still connected to each other and it's easy to tear the bags open when pulling them apart. When you put the teabag in hot water it becomes apparent just how cheap these teabags are as it's a real effort to get any tea out of them, you can't even squeeze them as there is very little to squeeze. Once you have got enough tea out of the bag to make something resembling a brew the resulting drink is very poor being both weak and bitter. The most disturbing thing about these teabags is what's left in the cup after you've finished your drink. At first I thought my kettle needed cleaning out as left in the bottom of the cup was a grainy, gritty substance that looked like lime scale residue however after cleaning out my kettle and trying again I realised that whatever it was in my cup it had come from the teabag! So my verdict, you definitely get what you pay for with these teabags. They may be cheap but buying them is false economy as if you're anything like me you will throw them away after only a using a couple of bags. Save yourself the trouble and invest in PG Tips or Tetley instead as everyone knows there is nothing like a nice cuppa and these teabags make nothing like a nice cuppa!!!

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