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I am not a very big tea drinker as personally I prefer coffee however I do occasionally enjoy a cup and personally think there is nothing worse than cheap tea bags. I will use a number of different branded tea bags but currently I am using Tetley as when Tesco did a promotion where you bought 2 packs of Tetley tea bags and got a 5p per litre fuel voucher I stocked up. You can buy Tetley tea bags at all supermarkets and a lot of other shops such as convenience stores and discount stores. You can buy the tea bags in a number of different pack sizes and generally the mor you buy the better the value, currently the sizes and prices are, 40 teabags is £1.30 80 teabags is £2.00 160 teabags is £3.00 240 teabags is £5.79 The teabags come in a sort of papery packaging but it is very strong and doesn't tear easily, you have the little Tetley characters pictured and the bag is resealable to keep the bags fresh. The tea bags inside the packaging are circular in shape and the tea leaves have plenty of room to move around inside, the bags have the Tetley name imprinted on them too although personally I cannot see that there is any need for this. Tea is supposedly good for you being rich in antioxidants, it contains very few calories although your milk and sugar obviously add calories but that is down to each individuals taste. Tetley tea bags have been brewed since 1837 and they are ethically source from Africa. I find these tea bags make a lovely smooth drink, I personally don't like my tea very strong but find that with these tea bags you can happily make both weak and strong tea. I can get my husbands strong cup or tea and my weak cup of tea from one tea bag which makes them better value. The tea bags are pretty strong and they very rarely break open although you do find bits of the inners in the bottom of the packet. These tea bags make a lovely cup of tea which I am happy to serve myself and any guests I have, I like cheap coffee but having tried cheap tea I feel it is a false economy and will stick with branded tea bags.
PRODUCT ------------ I have always enjoyed my morning cup of tea. I can't get through the day without a morning cup of tea. As a teenager I always used to drink Tetley, but now because I have an acquired taste for stronger tea, I find Tetley too bland and I have converted to PG Tips. Though I now find these tea bags weak I like them for my night time cup of tea because they are one cup. This means they are lower in caffeine and don't keep me awake all night. I use them as a substitute for PG Tips on the night time, though you can also get Tetley decaf for this sort of thing. However, I will speak of my experience of this product when I first consumed it. Which, may I add was a lovely experience. I quite admire these tea bags for a good quality British tasting tea. These tea bags have 1 kcal per infusion, which I find decent for a good cup of tea. Of course this is not without sugar if you have it. I generally like to have this product with two sugars as I find it needs a lot to sweeten. Though it is sweet on its own. I just have a major sweet tooth. The product is light tasting and light in colour. You could stew this tea bag for a good 30 minutes in your mug or cup and it will never go past a light peach colour. The scent is also quite nice and appealing. I usually add the bag to my mug with a little milk and two sugars before pouring in the water. I have never used these tea bags in a tea pot so I could not say their effectiveness in this case. However, after finally adding the water to the mug I find that the tea bag stews quite quick. Though I usually go off and come back at around a couple of minutes at a time to check. The product comes in a circle tea bag and inside a blue plastic bag that can be re-sealed by a sticker. I also used to get these in a small rectangular box which some places still sell. However, I usually tip these from the bag into a tea bag holder on my shelf. A box of 40 of these easily fits into a standard tea bag holder. Like all tea bags this product needs to be stored in a cool dry place. I find the shelf best fitting. I have only ever tried the Original Tetley tea bag, so I don't know anything about the other strength tea bags Tetley produce. I will say though, I was not a tea drinker before this product and this was the first cup of tea I had. However, now that I have PG Tips I find that a cup of Tetley tea is very light in colour and milky tasting. COST & RECOMMEND -------------------------- For 40 tea bags it costs £1.40 in Sainsbury's and many other leading supermarkets. However, by shopping around at places like Home Bargains you can get them for cheaper. I usually get them from Pound Land. I would recommend these tea bags to those who are lovers of tea. They are nice and sweet, but if you are already on PG Tips you may not like them as they are weak tasting.
I have never really thought I was choosy about which tea I drink, as I normally pick from several and choose whichever is on offer. However when I have thought about it for this review, I do prefer Tetley. It has a nice balance between being quick to make, but not too weak. The packaging above is out of date, as mine has the original Tetley logo, but with the Tetley tea character "Gaffer" underneath holding out 2 cups of tea. I quite like the Tetley tea folk and I was pleased when they made a comeback. Tetley like most tea comes in all different sizes of bag, mine is a 240 size as it was on offer, and I drink a lot (probably too much judging by how much I go to the toilet) of tea. The pack also tells us the tea is 100% natural, and on the bottom of the pack are directions on how to make the perfect cuppa. I made a cup of tea to drink while writing this review. I first put the kettle on, then when it was boiling I added a tea bag and milk to 2 mugs (one for my husband), I then added the hot water and left it to brew. For this review I timed it and I left it for about 3 minutes, the directions on the bag say 2-3 so I guess I must judge it about right. The tea is nice, but not too strong or milky, just right for how I like it :) Five stars for a perfect cuppa.
Tetley make a good cup of tea. I was not a tea drinker when I was young but now that I am of, lets say more mature years I find that tea is one of my favourite drinks. It is strange that just one a drink can be comforting, reviving, thirst quenching and calming all at the same time. It seems to be all things to all people which is quite an achievement. I confess that I do not have a favourite brand of tea but seem to keep to the great triumvirate of Tetley, P.G.Tips and Typhoo, whichever is on special offer at my local Morrisons in Gibraltar. We are currently using a Tetley soft pack containing 240 tea bags (750gs) which we are enjoying as our every day drink. Packaging. The tea bags are contained in an attractive, blue and green pack ,the green portrays the leaves backed by yellow sunshine. The name Tetley is boldly displayed twice on the front of the pack as are the words, "Deliciously refreshing...that's better". On the right of the pack is the Rain Forest alliance logo of a green tree frog underneath there is written 30% certified content so I asume that 30% of the tea comes from these protected areas. On the reverse of my pack are adverts for Tetley's other teas namely Green Tea with lemon, Redbush Tea and Extra Strong. We are also told that by 2016 all of their tea will come from Rainforest Alliance certified gardens so this is another reason to choose this refreshing tea, Good for you Tetley. There are also pictures of two of the Teltley characters, I know one is called Sid but the other name has gone from my mind! Probably something rite northern like Norman! I should talk I was brought up in Bolton. The top is the fold over resealable type with a clear sticky seal and although this works I do prefer to decant the bags into a air proof tea container that has been with us for many years. Kettles on! This is the frequent cry in our house and coincides with the plonking of a round white tea bag plonked in a mug and then filled with freshly boiled water. The water quickly percolates through the filter bag to give a lovely rich clear drink. It depends on how you like your tea how long you leave the bag in. I like mine fairly weak so it's in and out quite quickly. My taste is for black tea but you can add sugar and milk or lemon if you feel like a change. In Gibraltar tea is drunk with Carnation milk as when the border was closed by the Spanish no fresh milk could get onto the Rock and the habit has remained. The taste is, well, like tea! Refreshing and reviving and thirst quenching, a lovely drink , nothing else quite like it. I also like chilled tea in the Summer as it is so refreshing and better for you than a soft drink. My Opinion. It makes a good cup of tea, I honestly can't tell the difference between these and the other big two producers but I would recommend Tetley to anyone and have served this tea, (in a tea pot this time!), very often to guests on board the boat on which I work with confidence that everyone including me will get a good cup of tea. So put the kettle on I'll be round in a minute. 5 stars from me. Thanks for reading I also post on Ciao under splishsplash. Widely available from supermarkets in various sizes, watch out for the special offers.
I never used to be much of a tea drinker, when I was a teenager and in my twenties I used to be an absolute coffee fiend but as I moved into my thirties I started to appreciate a good cup of tea. I am not brand loyal and swing between what is on offer or what my Mother-In-Law is clearing out from her end of the world store, having survived the predicted Mayan disaster she now has an excess of tea bags (if anyone knows when the next end of the world is predicted please let me know) so in my latest assorted goody bag I found a 240 soft pack of Tetley tea bags. A 240 tea bag pack currently retails at £4.00 in Tesco this is a price drop and will be back up to £5.79 on the 13/02/13. The soft pack uses less packaging than a regular cardboard box and foil packaging so will take up less room in your wheelie bin when thrown away. The pack is mainly blue in colour and has a picture of gaffer the head Tetley tea caricature, the Tetley tea motif 'Make time, make Tetley' is clear and makes me think that a cuppa will be nice and relaxing. The tea bags are round in shape (does anyone remember when all tea bags were square?) this supposedly helps the tea circulate around the perforated bag. The tea bags have a very strong tea smell and smell quite nice. To make a cuppa in a cup it is best to boil fresh water, pop a tea bag in your favourite cup and as soon as the kettle has boiled pour the water onto the tea bag, I usually let the tea bag swim around in my cup for about 2 minutes, I will then add a splash of milk and swirl the teabag around till the tea is the colour I want, I will then rescue the tea bag with a spoon and pop it in the bin. You can also add sweetener or sugar if that is your thing or not add anything at all. The tea can also be made in a teapot, I find it is best to warm the pot first then add a teabag for each cup of tea (or 3 or 4 tea bags whichever is less) you wish to pour from the teapot, you do not need one for the pot as the tea bags are strong enough to make a nice cuppa. The cup of tea looks appetising and is a lovely golden colour, the tea tastes fresh and clean and is really enjoyable, for me this is one of my preferred brands as I do not like teas that taste perfumed or peppery. Overall I find Tetley to be a really enjoyable cup of tea. I do feel that it is slightly expensive so it is best to buy it when on offer. Thank you for reading.
Tetley Tea Bags I drink a lot of hot drinks particularly when I'm home alone on a cold night. I have drunk Tetley's tea bags on and off my whole life as it was one of the brands that my parents purchased frequently. Their motto is Make Time, Make Tetley. I totally agree. Tetley's tea bags come in numerous shapes and sizes of packaging, starting at 40 bag packets up to a mammoth 500 bag trade size. They also do different styles of tea bag in their original tea blend, being the classic circular tea bags and also drawstring bags. The tea bags come in both cardboard packaging and the newer more economically friendly soft wrap packs. Tetley have been making their original black tea for over 175 years and so if they haven't got it right by now then they never will! Nowadays the Tetley team get their tea leaves from Africa and Assam and the leaves are picked, cut and dried before being uniquely blended for the Tetley taste. I am reviewing the drawstring bags, these don't differ in taste to the normal tea bags but I find them easier to handle and less messy. You take a drawstring bag which is rectangular and folded in two with the tealeaves inside and unclip the drawstring tab. You need to be careful not to rip the actual bag when you pull it off which I have done once or twice because you could end up with a mug full of tealeaves in your tea! Not pleasant. Once your kettle has boiled fill your teacup and add the teabag to this with the drawstring over the side. This is why I like using these types of bags, less effort and less mess. I swivel the teabag around my cup for 30 seconds or so until the tea goes a nice dark brown colour and then remove the bag and throw it in the bin. I then add a dash of milk and leave it to cool down slightly before drinking. As I mentioned the teabag turns the water a nice dark brown colour, but a tiny drop of milk then turns this into the golden tea colour. I prefer a light and soft cup of tea, as I am quite a big coffee drinker I will have a cup of tea to make sure I am not drinking coffee all day and night, particularly in the evenings when you really don't want a big caffeine fix. Of course tea does still have caffeine in and typically there are between 40 and 50 milligrams of caffeine in a large cup. I find Tetley's to fit the bill of a lighter cup of tea perfectly, it tastes rich and smooth as it goes down with a slightly sweet taste even without sugar. The tea has a good full bodied flavour from the Assam and smooth rich taste from the African tea leaves. I find it really moreish to drink and quite calming at the same time. This is a very reasonably priced tea and has a really tasty flavour so overall I have to give it high praise. A bag of 40 Tetley teabags currently costs £1.30 which is a great price for a decent cuppa.
Tetley Tea ---- 'Tetley make tea bags, make tea' - or so say the little cartoon blokes on the old Tetley adverts and most of Tetley's adverts since as that phrase has been the general slogan for them for forty years. I would class myself as a tea drinker and my tastes have changed over the years. When I was younger I liked my tea to be weak but these days I like it a bit stronger. I used to have two sugars in my tea but for the last ten years I have been using sweeteners. I haven't got much of a sweet tooth but for me tea without sugar is horrible, no matter how good the tea is. I also have milk. When I moved to Holland six years ago I had just switched to decaf tea bags but have recently opted for normal tea again as I was paying the earth for English decaf ones. For example: Tetley's decaf in a specialist English selling shop in Holland cost around five to six euros for a box of 80, which is four to five pounds. I'll let you do the math. These days I have switched to a shops own brand in Holland and I am used to them now. However, my Mother does send me over some Tetley's or PG Tips from time to time and at the moment I have some Tetley's on the go. Tetley's are a famous brand in the UK and are easily recognisable in their blue boxes. They come in lots of different sizes from forty bags to two hundred and sixty and also in larger catering sizes for businesses. Us Brits like to think we are the quintessential tea drinking country and to a certain extent I suppose that is true but then again, like the Americans, we would lay claim to creating the air that we breathe if we could. Tetley tea is naturally rich in antioxidants. It has three main tea flavours, which are Assam, Ceylon and African. Ceylon is used to temper the strength of the Assam, which gives Tetley its body as well as its flavour. The African blends give it that distinct tea colour and also add to the taste of the tea as a whole. Examples of antioxidants in Tetley are Vitamins A, C and E. Tetley is quite proud of this fact and makes a point of it when promoting their product. They boast that their tea has more vitamins and antioxidants in it than most fruit and vegetables. Whether this is true is down to scientific research and I'm sure it is interesting but this is a review about tea and not rocket propelled cars. Tetley do make a nice cup of tea but it is not strong enough for me to be honest. The flavour is quite nice but a little too soft. I think PG has them beat on taste and even more so when it comes to the decaf variety; saying that though, Tetley's tea does taste nice and have a nice colour to it and is quite refreshing. I often read about people who like a nice cup of tea before bed; I would be up all night if I did that and had to switch to decaf because of the amount of caffeine I was consuming, which was messing with my sleep. It is one of the biggest misconceptions ever that coffee is the drink that contains caffeine as coffee is always promoted as the wake you up drink in the morning. The truth is that tea contains more caffeine in most cases and is more likely to pick you up and also keep you awake at night. People who argue that coffee has more caffeine are usually talking about espressos and other strong coffees that are purposely made with more caffeine, but a regular cup of tea has more caffeine than a regular cup of coffee. According to their website, Tetley have been selling tea in the UK since eighteen fifty-six. The brand was originally created by brothers' Joseph and Edward Tetley, who initially sold it from the back of a pack horse and cart. Tetley was a massive seller in the US as well as the UK and became the tea that everyone wanted to drink. They were the first company to introduce the tea bag to the UK in nineteen fifty-three. This was decided on because the tea bag had been successfully selling in the US for quite a while and Tetley thought that it was time to produce the bags at home. Tetley has been owned by several companies including Lyons and Allied Breweries, and is now part of the Indian corporation TATA (now known as TATA Global Beverages. In nineteen ninety-five the Tetley Group bought out the shareholders and owned their own brand outright for five years until TATA purchased the outright shares in two thousand for two hundred and seventy-one million pounds. From humble beginnings Tetley sells in sixty-seven countries worldwide today, making it one of the top tea selling brands and they are part of the Ethical Tea Partnership, ensuring ethical sourcing of ingredients and sustainability for producers, they are also working towards membership of the Rainforest Alliance and work closely with many conservationist projects. You can buy Tetley in a variety of flavours now, such as 'Green Tea', 'Lemon Tea' and the really popular 'Red Bush'. There is a Tetley's range called 'Infusions', which includes all sort of exotic flavours. These are flavoured tea in liquid form, which are poured into water to be consumed cold from the fridge. Tetley also come in draw-string bags, which I don't really see the benefit of but are widely used. So what happened to the Tetley tea folk? The cartoon characters from the Tetley adverts first appeared in nineteen seventy-three and over sixty adverts appeared on our screens through the seventies and eighties. I always remember them as a teenager. They have still appeared in ad campaigns in magazines and online but Tetley announced the following in 2001: "As part of an overall review of the marketing of the Tetley Tea brand in the UK, we are re-examining our Advertising Agency arrangements. We cannot speculate on what changes this may lead to, and cannot say at this stage how it might affect the use of the Tea Folk in the future." Since then the tea folk have not reappeared and a spokesman for Tetley has been quoted as saying that the brand is looking at a younger audience now although he didn't totally rule out a Tetley folk come back. Then in 2010 Tetley realised that the advertising wasn't quite working and decided to re-launch the good old tea folk to try and get customers back from the number one branded tea seller PG Tips. They aired a new tea folk cartoon in the break of a Coronation Street episode. There were many free gifts and collectibles that you could purchase from Tetley if you collected the vouchers from packs and it is estimated that around five million UK homes still have Tetley tea folk items in them. All in all Tetley is a trusted and traditional English brand that is consumed in millions of households all over Britain and across the world and I would drink it if it was there but it wouldn't necessarily be my first choice to buy. Three out of five stars from me. ©Lee Billingham
I am a big fan of tea and drink 4-5 cups a day. I once made the mistake of going for value tea bags, thinking that surely tea bags are the same thing no matter what. I was very wrong. Nothing can beat tetley and they really are one of those branded products that are worth investing in. I tend to buy the big packets that are much better value as tea bags never go out of date so they can sit in the cupboard for ages. Advantages Taste- I really don't think you can get a better taste with any other tea bag. They make great tea with a lovely deep colour. Resealable packet to keep them fresh- this means that it is easier to buy them in bulk and keep them. This means they are actually good value, despite being priced higher than value or own brand tea bags. Tea bags are nice and strong and don't rip, leaving tea leaves in your tea, as I have found with some cheaper alternatives. This may sound silly, but I prefer the round shape of the tetley tea bags as I think they sit better in the cup and make better tea and I find they are easier to lift out of the cup. That may just be my opinion though! Disadvantages They are priced slightly higher than some other brands but I believe with tea, you get what you pay for!
I have bought Tetley tea bags ever since I first moved into my new house with my husband! My whole family probably drink Tetley tea bags. To be absolutely honest, there probably the best tea brand in the UK! One Tetley tea bag creates a lovely strong cup of tea everytime and if your like me, you'll love strong tea! Tetley manufacture a whole range of quality tea's including: Decaf, Extra Strong, Easy Squeeze and lots of other types like green tea and herbal infusions but I love the black tea range myself! To be honest, I haven't tried any but the black tea range which is my personal favourite! If you've tasted PG Tips, Typhoo or Yorkshire Tea, then you've probably noticed that there not very tasty and definitely not strong! Tetley pick only the quality ingredients from around the world to make a refreshing cuppa everytime! I find that if you've spent a hard day at work, then a cuppa Tetley is just the thing you need! What size packs do they come available in? The black Tetley tea bags usually come in a pack of 40, 80, 160 or 240. Where can I buy them from? Actually, many supermarkets and shops sell the Tetley tea bags for great inexpensive prices! Tetley tea is definitely recommended for people who love a good cuppa in the morning or in the evening when you want to relax!
---The Brand & History--- According to Wikipedia Tetley (now a subsidiary of Tata Global Beverages) is the second largest manufacturer of tea in the world and the largest in the UK. In 1822 Joseph and Edward Tetley started to sell salt from a pack horse in Yorkshire. They started to sell tea as well and became so successful that they set up as tea merchants, "Joseph Tetley & Co." in 1837. In 1856 and set up as "Joseph Tetley & Company, Wholesale Tea Dealers".in London Tetley was the first company that launched tea in tea-bags in the United Kingdom in 1953. ---The Product--- Tetley teabags come in various size packs and the one I am reviewing is the 160 soft pack which I had from Tesco online. The pack contains round teabags in a resealable strong plastic type thick bag. ---Varieties--- I am reviewing the ordinary Tetley teabags but the teabags do come in other varieties: Decaffeinated Extra Strong Redbush Green Tea Drawstring Earl Grey Various other fruit flavours. Also Soya Tea which I have only just heard and is for use with soya milk (though I have used soya with other teabags). ---Taste--- I find these really do taste of tea and give you an enjoyable refreshing cuppa - whereas some teabags make such watery tea they do not really taste of anything. I like quite a strong cuppa myself and these are perfect. ---Strength--- These round teabags make a strong cup/mug of tea very quickly. I tend to make the tea in my mug and you just pour on the boiling water to infuse and it brews without needing to be stirred. Also it does not take very long for the tea to be ready - sometimes I only leave it a few seconds if I am in a rush and the tea is fine. Also if I want I can get two mugs out of the one teabag - which is very money saving. I tend not to use a teapot but cannot see it would make much difference. ---Price--- These 160 soft packs (500g) are currently £3.88 but reduced to £3 at Tesco. I usually just stock up when they are on offer as it always has a long shelf life - the ones i have at present will keep for 16 months. This size is better value than the packs of 80s. I am economising but prefer to buy these teabags and have an enjoyable cup of tea rather than the value ones which often taste of nothing. ---Tetley Website--- More information on Tetley and its products and history can be found at www.tetley.co.uk ---My Opinions--- I like a cup of tea to taste of tea, and these teabags do just that. They brew very quickly, are reasonably inexpensive and come in a resealable strong soft packet. You cannot go wrong with this trusted brand. ---Star Rating--- 5 stars as I cannot fault the product. ---Disadvantages--- None.
We use these teabags in work and it was only after drinking some awful supermarket's own label tea that made me realise how nice these Tetley teabags are. We buy them in bulk in work from our stationers (randomly!) because it works out a lot cheaper that way, but they are often on offer in the supermarkets anyway so we sometimes get them at home too. The best offer online that I can see at the moment is at Tesco, who are selling 240 teabags for £4.00. If you don't drink much tea the smallest is 40 teabags which will cost £1.15. The teabags are circular in shape, which for some reason that is probably purely psychological, it seems to make a better tasting cuppa than square teabags. I think this might be something to do with the tea being able to float more freely in the teabag than it can in square ones, but I'm no scientist so don't quote me on that! They come in a resealable pack which keeps them fresh, which is good because although I use a caddy which I transfer the tea bags into, it doesn't fit all of them in so I usually have to leave some in the packet until my stocks need replenishing. The first thing I notice about these teabags compared to the horrendous cheap ones I tried recently, was how dark the water turns and how quickly the tea starts to 'brew'. I am a fan of strong builders tea, and sometimes it can take a while to get the water to the colour I want. With these teabags, I notice there's no need to squeeze the life out of the teabag, or dip it in and out repeatedly, I simply drop it in and whilst I'm getting the milk out of the fridge (and raiding the biscuit tin!), the tea turns the colour I like fairly quickly. I give it a quick stir in the mug and a quick squeeze on the way out and it's the perfect colour for me. This tea is very versatile as it caters for people who like their tea in different shades. Often when making a round of teas in work, I'll end up with every shade along the spectrum, from dark brown (mine) to light beige coloured. Everyone seems to love these teabags, and it's possible to get a different cuppa each time depending on how long you leave it in for. One of my colleagues likes her tea very weak, so we just re-use the teabag and it's strong enough to make one normal and one weak cup of tea, something which I'm sure my penny pinching employers would approve of at the moment. Taste wise, this tea is very refreshing and you can really taste the tea. This sounds like a stupid way to describe tea, but it's amazing how often people give you a cup of tea and it just tastes like hot water with milk. I find this is often the case when people haven't taken a lot of care over making your tea, and they don't give the tea chance to infuse (ooh get me, tea snob!). With Tetley you can smell the tea as it's brewing, which is reassuring as it means you're going to get a good tasting cuppa, and the fact you don't have to leave it brewing for ages is good because when people in work are making lots of cups they tend to take less care over making it properly. Tetley tea is rich and flavoursome, and if someone asked me to describe the taste I couldn't really describe it any better than saying it's a comforting and refreshing pick-me-up which gets me through the day.
As somebody who loves drinking tea regularly, I have tried out many varieties and brands over the years. I actually have several cups of tea during an 'average' day and so have a well-stocked supply of teabags at home to allow me to indulge my tea-drinking habit as much as I please. One brand of teabags that are a regular purchase for my household are the 'Tetley Teabags'. I find that they are often available to buy as part of a promotional deal in many supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda and at these times I tend to stock up as I think these particular teabags are of a very good quality and by taking advantage of special offers that are running, I can save myself a little money. These particular teabags come in a variety of sizes such as a pack containing 40 tea bags, 80 bags and 160 bags. I usually opt to buy the pack containing 80 teabags. The package of teabags is a sort of 'bag' which can be resealed, although I personally decant my teabags into a pretty caddy. I am not sure if the bag can be recycled as there is nothing on the packaging to indicate this to me. The Tetley teabags are round and so are of course a circular shape. This means that the bags are 'individual' and are not attached to each other like some alternative 'square' bags are. This is preferable to me personally as I find that some of the square bags can tear or rip quite easily when they are pulled apart to be separated, which is a bit of a bugbear of mine. I can see quite easily that each of the Tetley teabags is covered in little holes as you would expect. I find that the Tetley teabags do not give off much of an aroma or scent when the tea is brewing but this is something I find with most of the teabags that I buy on a regular basis and so I don't think it is a particularly strongly-fragranced drink. It is not difficult to see that the Tetley teabags are a very good quality as they begin to stew in the boiling water. I can see the dark coloured liquid is very rich-looking and is not at all watery-looking in the way that some cheaper brands of teabags are. Furthermore, it only takes a few moments for the tea to brew completely and there is not much required in the way of stirring or 'agitating' the teabag from me, which is something I have noticed is not always the case with cheaper or more 'budget' brands of teabag. Furthermore, I find that two of the Tetley teabags added to a large teapot is more than enough to produce a perfect pot of tea, whereas with cheaper brands of teabags I would usually need to use three individual bags. This is further evidence for me that the Tetley teabags contain tea that is of a high quality. The Tetley tea can of course be consumed whilst it is black, but I prefer to add milk. When I am drinking the tea I find again that there is very little in the way of aroma or scent that I can detect from my mug but this is not necessarily a negative point, merely an observation. However, I find that the taste of the Tetley tea is quite rich, full-bodied and very flavoursome. It is not at all bitter, nor is there an annoying after-taste which is something I have come across with other brands of teabags that I have bought before, particularly those that are at the cheaper end of the market, so this is definitely a plus point for me. Overall, I find that the Tetley teabags are of a very high quality and produce a perfect cuppa for me each and every time that I use them. There is only one flaw with this product for me personally, and that is that the Tetley teabags that I have are not fair trade. I prefer my tea to be fair trade although I tend to find that it makes the product slightly more expensive and I cannot always afford to pay the difference. As it is down to consumers' individual choices, I won't be deducting any points from the product for it not being fair trade and of course I did chose to buy these particular teabags over another brand, but even so, I would prefer it if all tea was fair trade. Overall, I felt that the Tetley teabags were of a very high quality and so were justified in being slightly more expensive than other brands that are available on the supermarket shelves. I would prefer it if the teabags were fair trade, but the fact that they are not would not deter me from buying them again. I'd recommend this particular brand for a nicely balanced, richly tasting cuppa and rate them full marks! There is a whole range of products from the Tetley range which can be found in all good supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco. Prices in Asda start from around £1.15 (as at October 2011) for the pack of 40 teabags.
Little known facts about how the company started - Joseph and Edward Tetley started selling salt from a pack horse in Yorkshire in 1822. In 1837 they set themselves up as tea merchants, 'Joseph Tetley & Company, Wholesale Dealers'. Tetley now sells over 60 brands across 40 countries. It was the first company to launch tea bags in 1953. The tea leaves are harvested from the Camellia sinensis, a plant that mainly grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. After water it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. Tetley has managed to stay ahead of many of its competitors. In 1989 Tetley launched the round tea bag (I can still remember the 'put a round Tetley tea bag' song from the advert!) as these are better suited to brewing tea in a cup. Square ones to me now seem really strange, unless it's herbal. This new product was enough to get them to the top of the tea charts, knocking PG Tips from the coveted spot! In 1994 Tetley were again the first to come up with a great, now much copied design - the 'dripless drawstring' tea bag! I love tea. Probably a little too much. It's strange that I can go through a whole weekend without a single cup, but when I am in work I seem to drink one an hour. I think part of this is a good excuse to get up and away from my desk, as when I am busy lunch breaks are nonexistent. But why tea, and not just a walk to the water cooler?! I love the taste. And I like it strong. That is not to say I like tea that has been left to brew with the tea bag in for a long time. That to me is a big no no. I like tea that has the water added, and then the milk straight away, then after 30 seconds or so, the life squeezed out of that tea bag, without leaving it floating and fermenting in the liquid to pollute my tea! I argue with my mum about this all the time, I want my tea strong, but I don't want you to leave the tea bag in there. To me it's simple. Tetley's tea is made with a blend of Assam, African and Indonesian teas. It has a lovely bitter, musty, herbal scent when you first open the pack, and it is strong enough to flavour the hot water without leaving to brew for a long period. It has a satisfying taste that sat Tetley's does a great range of tea, including decaff, redbush, green, herbal and earl grey in a variety of size packets. The tea they supply is sourced from different estates from around the world. A pack of 40 Tetley tea bags will set you back £1.15, less than 3p per tea bag. If I had to choose the make of tea bag, it would be Tetley's every time - strong and full of flavour!
Like most people I love nothing more than a nice cup of tea. I am however quite loyal to food/cupboard brands, so have to admit, when it comes to Tea, I have literally drunk no other Tea bags in about 10 years. Anyway, I usually buy the 500g bags, which contain 160 tea bags. Normally this packet is priced around £3.80 where I shop. I feel packaging for this product is instantly recognisable. It is bright blue, and of course has the Tetley logo emblazoned onto the middle. Ingredients wise, it includes what it says on the packet, and by this I mean it only contains 100% passion and tea! Apart from this and some contact details/advertising for Tetley red bush I have found the packaging to be quite boring and simple. Now, on to the tea bags. The tea bags are round in shape and about ½ full of tea, even though I am sure they used to be ¾ full. Usage wise, I have found that each tea bag normally makes two decent cups of teas. Trying to save money and use the tea bag more just isn't worth it in my opinion, as after making 2 cups the teabag just ends up producing tea that looks like and tasting like warm milk. Taste wise I feel Tetleys used to be quite distinctive, I am not sure what it was, but it just tasted refreshing and full of life (if that makes sense) However, as of late I have noticed the tea tastes differently, I have found with the last couple of bags that the tea has left an awful aftertaste in my mouth, something that it kind of musky and artificial. As the brand and teabag itself has changed so much over the years I am not sure that you would now even notice the difference between a Tetley cup of tea and its competitors. Overall I like, in fact I love a good cup of tea, however unfortunately Tetley's lack of strength and flavour, has left me trying and switching to other brands.
I do like the odd cup of Tea, but I don't tend to drink it all that much. I suppose that i'm more of a Juice girl and although I do like Hot Chocolate as well it isn't Hot Drinks that I go for all that much. Not really sure why though. When I do have a drink of Tea then Tetley is my Teabag of Choice. You get this in various sizes of pouches. From the 40 bag pack, which is the size I usually buy since I am an occassional drinker, up to I think the largest size pack is 240, but I may be wrong about this. The price varies, but as usual the larger the pack size that you buy the cheaper it works out. I tend to pick up the 40 bag pack for as little as £1 when i'm in Poundland which isn't bad priced in my eyes since this is a brand named product. The packs look alright. They are like the picture and consist of a shiny kind of thick cellophane sort of thing. Perhaps not the most recycle friendly thing, but the pack is small enough for to store away. The Tea Bags are round in shape and are stacked on top of each other, so the pack isn't all that wide. You can seal the pack back up again with the little sticky seal part which you take off from the back of the pack. When you open the pack you get a nice enough scent of Tea. There is always a few flakes on the bottom of the pack of Tea, but not as much as i've seen with other brands. So why do I like this brand of Tea? Well my dad once said that Tetley is quite a weak Tea but also he found it to be a sweet Tea. I don't like strong tasting Tea, so perhaps this is the lure of this brand. I tend to have my Tea pretty Milky as well, so for this to be not strong is just ideal for me. I guess if you did want a stronger tasting Tea then you could use 2 of these bags in a Cup or Mug. I'm sure most of us have tried this brand at some point and this will continue to be the Tea brand of my choice.
One of the leading tea merchants in the UK Tetley guarantees a perfect cup of tea every time.