Product Type: Tetleys Tea
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Tetley make tea bags, make adequate tea.
Tetley Tea Bags
Member Name: Jojoborne
Tetley Tea Bags
Advantages: Traditional English tea
Disadvantages: I like mine stronger
'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.
Summary: A good old traditional tea with a fine blended taste