The State of English Tea

Nobody knows anything. Screenwriter William Goldman probably wasn't the first person to use that phrase but when he applied it to the movie business, it caught on and has become something of a pop culture catchphrase. One that could apply to the state of tea drinking in the UK, now that you mention it. If …

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Tea Traditions — Malta

In the blue Mediterranean lies an archipelago of islands, one of which is named Malta. Not quite the setting where you would expect tea experts and tea traditions dating back centuries. And best known as the origin of “The Maltese Falcon” — you know, that troublesome little statue that people were bumping each other off …

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A Tasty Bagged Green Tea?

PG Tips, well known for their tasty black tea blends, has come out with a green tea. I got to try some recently. Unfortunately, it was bagged, so I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. (Yes, I have tried their black tea and other bagged teas and liked their taste. So there was …

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Monkeying Around with PG Tips

There's something about tea and monkeys - or so it would seem. This peculiar connection manifests itself in a number of interesting ways. Among them are Golden Monkey, a popular Chinese tea variety; the legend of monkey-picked tea; and an assortment of monkeys – both animated and real – who have been starring in PG …

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For Chilled Tea, Go with Basic Black

Sometimes basic black is best — an axiom that’s true for cocktail dress, tuxedoes, limousines, and teas to use when you want a brew to “beat the heat.” Just as most hot tea consumed in the U.S. is black tea, most iced (chilled) tea is made from black tea. And most of those are bagged …

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Icy Cold PG Tips

Stepping outside, it almost feels like you could swim through the air. That's humidity in Northern Virginia, and with temperatures remaining in the eighties and nineties, iced tea weather is here to stay. Luckily, I've got a good stash to keep me going. PG Tips is on the same wavelength, and they recently sent me …

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Tea Showdown — Devonshire Tea vs. PG Tips

My tea adventures have ranged far and wide over the past year. While my focus has been on loose leaf teas (strongly preferred), a few bagged teas have crossed my path. PG Tips has been a favorite for years and has a long history dating back to the 1930s (although the company was started in …

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The Great Bag Debate

My grandfather came to the US via port-of-call in Boston. He left Birmingham as a young man and sailed to America to find a better life. When he came to the US, the tea he knew was loose, despite the fact that teabags were invented in 1907. Teabags were initially made from Chinese silk and …

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Why My Teapot Loves PG Tips

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 …

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PG Tips — “Perfectly Great” Tea!

Do you want a black tea that’s a cut above the ordinary blend? Then, treat yourself to a potful of PG Tips. No, the “PG” doesn’t stand for “Perfectly Great” — but it should! This strong black tea is a balanced blend that (it may seem contradictory) both soothes and enlivens. Starting your day with …

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