67 Tasting Notes
Last night, I opened up a new box of rectangular PG Tips bags (which is the only kind I can get here in the Greater Philly area) and noticed that the bags seem to be smaller than previously. The tea is also a bit weaker and flatter, so I’m brewing it longer. Perhaps I just got a bad box. Usually, this is a predictably brilliant everyday tea.
I think Jillian mentioned that Lipton took over the distribution rights for PG Tips in America, but I think both companies are owned by Unilever, which owns about one-fifth of all goods in the world. I really hope this isn’t a preview of things to come. Right now, I’m looking forward to having a Red Rose rather than another cup of PG Tips from this box.
Since time has dragged by kicking and screaming to my 40th birthday, I decided to console myself by getting 2 teas from Bag Ladies’ on recommendation from Jillian. The package arrived the day before my birthday. I unopened it and pulled out the lovely canister and noticed there was a tea bag tag and string dangling outside the canister. The tea bag contained a quote from Peter Gabriel, my favorite guy. Inside, the other bags were all sealed in a plastic pouch. Nice touch - and, quite possibly, the nearest thing I’ll ever get to getting a B-day greeting from Peter Gabriel.
Anyway, what about the tea? I made myself wait until my birthday to have a cup. It’s Ceylon black tea and is really smooth and flavorful. It’s the kind of flavor that goes all the way down into your toes. Rock on!
I think I accidentally knocked off someone’s tasting note when I updated the information and added a picture for this tea. Whoops! My bad. (Blushes in shame).
Anyway, it’s a nice tea if you want something decaff and different. You can take it plain or with milk. It’s one of those teas that goes wll while you are busy working or chopping wood or something like that. Just sitting and drinking it doesn’t work too well.
Turkey Hill Dairy is a Lancaster County busines that is most famous for it’s ice cream and lemonade. It’s been branching out into ready made bottled iced teas and hasn’t done a bad job. This tea in particular is very sweet and so you may need to water it down. After a couple of glasses, it does leave an aftertaste, but you’ll enjoy those one or two glasses.
I usually don;t like iced tea, but I do really like this.
This tea is legendary in my household. Before I moved to England, Mom had been given a large glass container of this tea by a freind who visited Ireland. She made me a pot. It was bloody brilliant.
I moved to England. After five years, things did not go well. Mom volunteered to take me and my dog into her home in America.
I get home and Mom asks me if I want a cuppa. She pulls out THE SAME GLASS CONTAINER from five years ago and makes us a pot.
It was bloody brilliant. It had faded just a little in taste over five years, but still was a beautiful cuppa. Sometimes, late at night when the wind rattles the windows, I still dream about this tea.
About ten years ago, this was my favourite herbal tea. Then, a lot of time passed which seperated me from Red Zinger. Finally, a couple of years ago, I eagerly got hold of a box. Boy, was I disappointed. What did I ever see in it? Either my taste buds have changed or this tea has changed since 1999. It does taste slightly better with honey or brown sugar than with white sugar.