My six-cup “Blue Betty” teapot is in love with PG Tips. So are my tastebuds. And my hubby’s tastebuds. It’s a love affair that has grown warmer over the years.
For a tea that’s been on the market since the 1930s, PG Tips has continued to stay one of the favorite teas around. Brooke, Bond and Co. blends up the best black teas to keep this tea robust and flavorful. Add a splash of milk and a dash of sweetener to your cupful for a smooth tea experience.
So, why does this tea make my teapot so happy? To understand that you need to understand the nature of the workhorse of teapots, the “Brown Betty” (or in my case, the “Blue Betty”). My British friends would keep theirs ever at the ready so when the urge for tea struck and that tea kettle whistled to signal it was time to pour the boiling water, they could do so without hesitation. The teapots were brown so that stains from the tea wouldn’t show. That’s a bit of a drawback with the “Blue Betty” — tea stains show, so I have to spend more time and effort cleaning it than “Brown Betty” owners do. Just a small inconvenience that lets me have a teapot better suited to my décor (lots of blue).
Okay, so that explains why I have the teapot, but why does the teapot love PG Tips? Did I mention that the “Blue Betty” holds a generous six cups of tea? That’s six 8-ounce cups (sometimes for tea steeping purposes, a cup is counted as only six ounces). PG Tips is one of those teas that you can steep, pour a couple of teacups full, add more hot water, let that steep, then remove the teabags (assuming you’re using bags, which most people do with this tea), and let the pot sit in its tea cozy until you’re ready for another cupful. The tea doesn’t get overly bitter or go “sour” (my term for tea that just doesn’t taste like tea after a while of sitting in the teapot). It may not be quite as good as that initial, “golden pour,” but it’s still one of the best-tasting black tea blends around.
For those of you shuddering in horror at the thought of letting a pot of tea sit around, I have to say that I used to think that way, too. But the “Blue Betty” has changed my mind. She’s tried and true blue and would never let anything bad happen to the tea within as long as I do my part by removing the tea bags once the tea has steeped fully. That’s a very important step for a breakfast blend like PG Tips as well as for fine teas. With those fine teas consisting of whole or broken leaf tea, you want either to strain the tea “liquor” into another container (if you are steeping the tea loose) or to remove the infuser basket from the teapot to keep the tea from oversteeping and becoming bitter. It seems like such a simple thing but is also so important to insure that you get the most out of a potful.
So, now I have a lovesick teapot on my hands. Better set the kettle on to boil and get out the box of PG Tips. It’s steeping time!
Check out A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill, to learn more about tea!