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Saturday, April 3, 2010

PG tips Loose Leaf Black Tea

Tea Information:
Tea: seems not to have a name
Type: Black Tea
Packaging: Loose Leaf
Company: PG tips
Description: Loose - Tea for the traditionalist - add a teaspoon per person (plus one for the pot), and freshly boiled water. Then let the 'tips' infuse for that unmistakable PG tips flavour. Available in 125g, 250g and 500g caddy packs.
Ingredients: ?

Steep Information:
Amount: 3tsp
Additives: none
Water: filtered, boiling, 22 oz
Tool: Cast Iron Teapot with Mesh basket strainer
Steep Time: a little over 2:22 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: astringent, black tea, Assam?
Steeped Tea Smell: Bitter, Strong astringent black
Flavor: astringent black tea, slightly bitter
Body: Full
Aftertaste: bitter
Liquor: Translucent dark reddish brown

Yes, something can smell bitter.

I admit we bought this at the local grocery store because of the monkey commercials.

Post-Steep Additives: almond milk and German rock sugar
The tea was much smoother, less astringent and bitter.
The tea was barely drinkable before the milk and sugar.
An acceptable cup of tea, but I am not purchasing it again.

MilitiaJim - this is the bold black coffee of the tea world.

Next time we are doing 2 minutes or less.

Rating: 2/4 leaves


Leaf system:
1=Bleh! not again if it were free
2=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
3=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
4=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing





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