I have spent several years of my life living in Assam (India) so it is needless to say that I prefer a nice cup of tea at least twice a day . The closet I have come to a good Indian cuppa would be a home made brew from a home made blend of Assam , Ceylonese and Darjeeling. Though to be honest I don't always have so much time in my hand to brew tea in the traditional way and then scourse and clean the sauce-pan and the teapot as well, so I had reached out for the teabags available .
I was quite happy with pg tips classic till we bought a new home some three years back. The water in this new region is very hard and pg-tips just had lost its taste , well I did try a new pack just to be sure that the old pack hadn't gone off or had absorbed moisture or something like that. Then I tried Yorkshire's speciality for hardwater area and nearly all supermarkets own brands and a few twinnings too.
Tetly classic is slightly expensive compared to most brands and supermarkets own around so it took me a bit of time to get around to buying a pack of the 40's of these. I was surprised that these tea-bags actually did the trick , finally I had a cuppa that pleased my senses well. Tetley classic is a balance blend of Assam tea for body and liquor ,African for the distinctive taste and red colour and Ceylonese and Darjeeling for the aroma .
I do like my tea a bit strong with boiled hot milk and sugar , but I have to say that even I don't leave the tea bag in for more than a minute as it tends to make the liquor bitter, so in a way this tea bag is ideal for people who drink tea stronger than me, at the same time I have served this same tea , having dipped it for a 30 secs or so , to my British friends and they have said it did taste lovely , so there ..an ideal cuppa for everyone.
The classic tea bags aren't the cheapest in the market but they are cheaper than many speciality teas with the 40 piece teabag costing around 2.6p per bag (ie around 87-90p per pack ) but these are often on offer (mostly 50% extra or so)... the are other bigger packs too. I usually buy the 240 pack for £ 3. 89 or something like that and each tea bag comes at 2.2p ish.
The thing I hate about the bigger bags is that unlike other tea packs, all the bags lie in a single plastic bag with a resealable tab which quickly loses its stickiness . Would be better if stacks of 40 bags could be foil-wrapped separately (and although this means its less environmentally friendly but the tea-bags wouldn't lose their freshness quicker as they are repeatedly exposed to air and moisture) .
So if you live in a hard water area give these tea-bags a go and see if you like your tea any better.
Okay, tea. Yeah – so what, I hear you cry. Tea's Tea isn't it? Well, let me tell you. As a man who like his cups of tea, especially first thing in the morning, it's so important that you drink something good. Over the years... Not that that there have really been many of them yet. Or am I older than I like to think? <sob> I digress ...I have tasted a number of different, traditional, teas. I'm not talking about your Darjeeling, or your Earl Grey, or even you Green Leaf, no, I'm simply talking about your everyday normal cuppa. I've tried PG Tips, in fancy shaped bags to release more flavour. I've tried Happy Shopper 500 bags for tuppence, and I've tried Twinings finest traditional tea. But nothing, n-o-t-h-i-n-g will ever compare to Tetley. Forget your little men with cloth caps and big noses, go on, forget them. Wave goodbye to Sydney and the Gaffer - this is tea for everyone. With or without a white coat and cap. The tea itself is by far the tastiest tea on the market. Even if you’re a weak tea drinker – you know the sort – dip in the teabag and immediately withdraw it – even if this is how you like your tea, you can still taste the tea. It's not just hot water with a brown tint. Now for me the perfect cup of char made in the mug, none of this teapot pot nonsense. I was brought a teapot once, but it sits and gathers dust on a shelf. Straight to mug is always better. You're supposed to allow one bag person, so why not actually use one bag per person? How to make the perfect cup of tea: 1. Place your Tetley teabag into your selected vessel. 2. Add boiling water. It must be boiling. The minute the kettle clicks off, pour it onto your teabag. 3. Stir gently with a spoon until you can't see the teabag in the bottom of the mug any more. 4. If you want it
8211; add milk to adjust to the right colour for your taste. 5. Remove the teabag, squeezing it against the top of the mug to get all of the flavour out. 6. Open a packet of your favourite biscuits. 7. Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy. There, isn't that better? I'm not saying that you can only get this experience with Tetley teabags, well, maybe I am. After all, the taste is the most important thing here and as far as I'm concerned Tetley is the only high-street available teabag that delivers exactly what it says it will. A perfect cup of tea every time. Now where are those crinkle crunch biscuits?
I have been locked away in the lab all week with this experiment and came out with what I would expect to be the natural outcome! I am a born natural lover of tea and take it very seriously although I like my ordinary tea for normal every day use, except my Earl Grey at breakfast time of course. So when I thought of the next experiment it had to be a good one when it came to tea. I had recently bought a jar of Tetley Freeze Dried tea, as I thought it would come in handy for the times I has no tea bags left. I thought that this could be a good experiment to test something that I really enjoy. A jar of freeze-dried tea contains 80 cups of tea I teaspoon per cup! It looks a lot like coffee but has a distinct smell that is not at all pleasant very musty and is slightly lighter than your average coffee. Now this is the easy a bit an 80 tea bag pack of Tetley also contains 80 cups of tea, the tea bags are the revolutionary round bags that lets the flavour flow more freely, tea bags are easily identifiable to any one so no need to explain to much. So what has the tea bag got to do with it? Well we need something to make the experiments controlled in the usual fashion and that is where the tea bag comes in handy. To carry out this experiment I took 20 tea bags and 20 teaspoons of freeze dried tea and began my experiment. There were many different categories to test here and it took me three whole days to decide and lots and lots of notes from which I am writing at this minute. Category 1 ~ Flavour This is the most important thing to me when I drink ordinary tea, as I need to enjoy it so the first one I tried was the tea bag. I know I enjoy Tetley tea bags so I started with that so as not to mar my judgement by tasting the new contender first. The flavour as usual was full and delicious adding just a spot of milk and no sugar just the way I like it, now you all know how I
like my tea so no excuses when I pop round for a cuppa! I did not have the freeze-dried straight away I waited until I felt the need for a cuppa, this was a few hours later and was well rewarded as I had been busy with another experiment else where in the house (which will be coming your way shortly). Kettle was boiled and I was quite excited at trying out my new tea. A teaspoon was all it took and an exact same measurement of water as before and just a spot of milk. The tea looked fairly pleasant but taste was being put to the test at this stage of the experiment so it was of to put the feet up and savour the flavour. The taste was good but it took a little getting used to, as there was a funny kind of after taste and the best way I could put it is, it was a powdery taste almost like I could taste the granules? This was not at all over powering in anyway and almost had dispersed after the first few mouthfuls. The overall taste between granules and bags was very similar apart from the slight after taste to begin with. Category 2 ~ Strength It was just after teatime and after hard a slog in the house spring cleaning all day then slaving over the stove with the dinner (yes men do, do these chores you know!) I felt I deserved a cuppa; this time freeze-dried was to go first and strength was put to the test. Now I was not to sure how to do this as a tea bag you can leave to brew in the cup but I was unsure how granules worked? So I used the same amount as before and let sit in a little water before adding the rest. Don?t know if it made a difference or not? I like tea not too strong (like tar as mum would have said!) and not too weak (pissy water as she would have said!), it needs to be just right. That is just what this cuppa was; it even had the right colour about if for my liking. Now on to suppertime and after a long haul of writing more notes on this review it was b
ack to the test and for the last cup of tea for the day, before retiring to bed. I prepared my final cuppa with a tea bag and let sit for no longer than I allowed the granules to brew earlier. Another truly fantastic cup of Tetley brewed to absolute perfection just the way I liked it. So this part of the test had proven that the desired effect could be achieved from both types of tea! Category 3 ~ Quantity This part of the test is to let you really see if granules are worth the money that you pay and this was not particularly a part of the test it just appeared as an important result, if you know what I mean? The jar clearly states that one level teaspoon equals one cup of tea, I take that as equal to one tea bag, dooyoo agree? So when I prepared this experiment I took as mentioned 20 tea bags and 20 level teaspoons of granules. Now the end result was I was on my 18th tea bag and all my granules had gone. How could this have happened if I measured 20-levelled teaspoons? Well as I had a few cups that did not quite make the desired result in strength I had to add a little more tea. Therefore tea bags are more beneficial in the strength factor and the quantity factor. Category 4 ~ Quality I have rated both products very highly in this category, as they are both flawless when it comes to quality, I guess it is because they both have to live up to high standards set by Tetley. The only gripe as previously mentioned is the fact that granules have an aftertaste that at the time I could only describe as powdery, where as in fact I feel artificial is now more appropriate. Although after your first few cups of granule tea you get used to it and stop noticing after a while. Category ~ Price Now I bought both products at the same time and they were both on special offer, always looking out for the bargains me! Tea bags were buy 80 and get 40 free at £1.89 I
could not complain, granules were £1.59 compared to usual price of £2.09 for 80 cups. So our sure fire winner in this category is clearly tea bags, as you definitely get your 80 cups as stated and not just short. To be fair there may be people out there who actually get 80 cups, as this is how they prefer their tea. Final Category ~ Packaging Packagings of both are top notch. Tea bags are presented in a lovely (how can I get excited about packaging?) strong paper bag. They are resealable after opening and the packaging is very pleasing to the eye. Granules are just like coffee and packaged in jars, the jars can be quite heavy depending on how much you buy. But the jar is a nice shape and is easy to hold when opening. It is airtight when you first open it and the lid keeps it that way time and time again, a handy hint is to keep it in the jar rather than transfer to a caddy, the tea tends to go hard if you do this. So the packagings of both are similar and have the same aim, simple to use and to retain quality. Conclusion ~ both types of tea are of a high quality and easily achieve my desired result with tweaking here and there. High standards are evident in both and I feel that as I have used Tetley tea bags more often than granules, it will take a while to get used to the idea of freeze dried tea. Overall I still prefer my tea bags but I will always have a jar of granules in the cupboard. In case of emergency break glass and all that!!
My family have been using Tetley tea bags for years, and now we always buy the round ones. I don’t think they are any different to the square ones but we just like them. Once in a while we will try a different brand but always seem to go back to Tetley’s. They are not too strong which is nice because I don’t like tea that you can stand a spoon up in as my Gran used to say. The tea is a light golden brown and smells really tangy. I prefer my tea with no milk or sugar so I get the full true flavour of Tetley’s. Tea is supposed to be good for your heart because it contains Phenol and anti oxidants, mind you a tot of whisky a day is also good for your heart.
I'm not really a tea drinker but I do sometimes have a 'coffee free' day or two to get my system back in order. THey say that tea and coffee contain the same amount of caffeine but there's something in coffee that keeps me awake! This is where Teley's Teabags come in useful. I always buy the round ones. Don't really know why but I suppose they look neater at the bottom of a cup. I don't actually think the shape make any difference to the taste. Tetleys round bags are not the strongest of tea but this suits me well as I don't like strong tea anyway. If you leave the bag in the cup for too long even these develop a bitter taste that seems to cling to your pallette for ages afterwards. This tea does stew very quickly. The colour is a rich golden brown and the smell is good but this is another instance of something smelling better than it tastes. I drink my tea with milk, no sugar usually but this tea is also very refreshing in hot weather if you serve it iced with lemon. These teabags come in resealable bags so they are ideal if you use tea just occasionally. They will stay fresh until you want them again. If you are into gimmiky things you can also save vouchers from Tetleys and put them towards Tetley Tea People which are featured on the boxes. (Doesn't make me buy more tea and Idon't know anyone who does buy more to get these!) Recent research has discovered that tea is very good for you. It contains phenol and anti oxidants which help prevent heart desease. So, who knows, we might one day get Tetleys on prescription. (LOL)
For over five years we have been regular users of Tetley Tea Bags and we do feel that this is the best tea bag currently on the market. I suppose about once a year we will probably try another brand, perhaps being tempted by a special offer or trying a different make when we are on holiday but we always return to Tetley. Although some other brands are OK we do not feel that they make the tea that we like. The round Tetley bags do not make the strongest tea, but we do not like strong tea, so that is fine for us. The tea bags do brew very quickly so you are not waiting for ages for the tea to “mash”, or having to stir the water in the tea pot to get a decent cup of tea. The tea has a very smooth taste and a cup of tea has a rich golden colour. The tea bags are sold in a resealable bag, which ensures that they are kept fresh and dry after opening the pack. There are often offers on the pack for collecting/buying items relating to the Tetley People. The pack advertises that the tea bags are rich in antioxidants, I have no idea what that means, but I do seem to recall that in a James Bond film, when Bond was at a health farm they were going to use antioxidants to clear his body of Free Radicals. Well, if it is good enough for James Bond, then it is good enough for me. It is important to us that the first cuppa of the day is a good cup of tea and Tetley Tea Bags certainly do make a great cup of tea, so drink up and enjoy.
The teas used in Classic Blend are blended exclusively for hot tea and are grown in the plantations of India, Indonesia and Africa. The tea that Tetley has been giving tea lovers for the past 150 years with a delicious flavor, alluring aroma and deep amber color. Classic tea taste.