Review: PG Tips Pyramid Bags Black Tea

Assam Tea, Black Tea, Ceylon Tea, Kenyan Tea Add comments
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Its OK"This tasted like any other supermarket variety black tea and lacked any standout quality. I would certainly drink this tea if it was the only tea available, but I can’t envision many situations where I would choose this tea over another option. "
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PGtipslogoI knew very little about the company known as PG Tips other than occasionally having seen their products in the home goods departments of stores such as Marshalls and TJ Maxx. By visiting their website, I have learned that this is a UK-based company with a ~75 year history. Their website states that they were responsible for introducing the tea bag to the UK in the 1960’s. The company appears to offer only a few products, including bagged black tea, loose black tea, instant black tea and bagged green tea. The product I tried today was their black tea pyramids, which contains a blend of Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan tea leaves. The idea behind PG Tips’ pyramid is that the pouch is bigger and gives the leaves more room to open up during infusion. I am typically not a fan of bagged tea, but I am always open to trying a new tea. The pyramid tea bag wasn’t all that big, so I doubted how advantageous this pyramid shape would be compared to the standard teabag shape. I decided to just cut open the pyramid pouch and inspect the contents. Boy, was I disappointed. I expected some quality tea leaves inside the pouch, since, after all, the large pyramid pouch is designed to give the leaves “more room to move”. As it turns out however, the contents of the tea bag were teensy tiny particles of dust, much resembling coffee grounds. I was genuinely disappointed in the appearance of the tea. And I won’t even get into how unattractive these were post-infusion (I guess it’s a good thing that they pyramid is not transparent). Given the tiny particle size, I infused my leaves for 90 seconds, which is probably 30 seconds more than was needed. The tea was a dark reddish-brown color and had what I can only describe as the generic tea bag flavor. By that I mean that it tasted like any other supermarket variety black tea and lacked any standout quality. The overall flavor was marked by smoky and cocoa flavors, and I think this tea would benefit from milk and/or sugar. The flavor tended to linger in my mouth, much the way coffee does. The bitter aftertaste I detected was probably a result of over-steeping; again, because this tea is basically just dust and fannings, the required infusion time is very short. While the tea wasn’t exactly undrinkable I can’t say I would recommend this tea. I just feel that there are better tea products available, including some of the bagged variety. I would certainly drink this tea if it was the only tea available, but I can’t envision many situations where I would choose this tea over another option. This tea appears to be a favorite among the Brits (It's their Number 1 tea), and honestly, I just can't understand why.

— To purchase PG Tips Pyramid Bags Black Tea, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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One Response to “Review: PG Tips Pyramid Bags Black Tea”

  1. marlena Says:

    Your tea must have been old, then, as fresh PG Tips is pretty good, but it does rapidly deteriorate.

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