Steeped with PG Tips

A well known English tea, but relatively new to me is PG Tips.

This black tea quickly became a must have in my tea stash.

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I had my first taste of PG Tips while sipping tea from a darling tea pot in a local tea room.  I had ordered a pot of black tea….my usual when I am not feeling decisive or spontaneous.
The tea that was served was a perfect.  I had to know what brand of tea it was. 

A few minutes of chatting with the owner of the shop, I learned she hailed from England and served the English brand PG Tips as her "house blend".  She did not have any boxes to sell, but she assured me that I could find it in a larger grocery store in our area.

Taking tea at home is not always an over the top experience like it is in a tea room. But with PG Tips it can be close!

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The shape of the tea bag could be what sets PG Tips apart from other teas.  The pyramid shape is said to allow the tea to expand and infuse more effectively than a round tea bag. 
I am no expert on tea bag shape but I do know that this small pyramid shaped tea bag carries a big punch!

PG Tips brews into a delicious and bracing cup of tea with a shorter steep time than other black tea brands that I use.  The end color is a beautiful amber and tastes just as tea is meant to- with that slightly bitter tea bite at the end.

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I look forward to tasting all the many flavors of tea by PG Tips.  That's right, there is a world even beyond black tea, & I mean to sip and savor many!
I will let you know what I discover!

A little Monday humor for you.

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Have you tried PG Tips?

When in doubt go with Black Tea

I am going to start a new saying, “ When in doubt, go with black tea. “

Black tea is robust, tasty without being bitter,and has an array of nutrients and antioxidants. I find it has the right amount of caffeine kick to shake off morning or afternoon sluggishness.

For years my go to Black Tea has been- Twinings English Breakfast. 

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This tea bag is not just for breakfast, it is a delightful afternoon tea when paired with a tea time treat. 
The decaffeinated version is just right for those who do not want the effects of caffeine or if you are sipping later in the evening.

Tea bags are convenient for the morning rush or when you do not want a lot of fuss. However there is much to be said for a loose tea.

When you take a few extra moments to add loose leaves to a tea ball or infuser; you not only have tea, you make an occasion.

Currently, my favorite loose black tea is by Two Leaves and a Bud. 

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This tea is a sip & savor treat for me. 

It is ideal on mornings or afternoons when there is no rushing about.  

No matter if it steeps from a tea bag or a tea ball, black tea is a must have in my Booksipper tea stash.

 

Tea Leaf Beginnings

What is your favorite type of tea?

Is it a Green Tea, Black Tea or perhaps an Oolong? It doesn’t matter which kind you sip, it all stems from one plant!

I know- it boggled my mind too! I thought for sure there were dozens of tea plants!

How do so many variations of tea come from one plant?  

Well, I’m not a botanist so my answer is simple.

All tea leaves come from a plant called Camellia sinensis, which is indigenous to China and India. But is grown all over the world. 
I wonder if it could be a house plant?  Hmmm, something to read up on!

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The leaves are harvested and left to oxidize.
It is the level of oxidation that determines what type of tea the leaves will become.  

To produce a black tea, the leaves are fully oxidized and would then deliver a darker brew & higher caffeine content than say a green tea.

This is my simple synopsis of tea leaf beginnings. Really, no matter which leaves you choose to brew, you really can’t go wrong!

All things sippable

When I curl up with a book, my sippable beverage of choice is ~ TEA! 

~ Hot or Iced ~ Sweetened or Unsweet ~
~Loose leaf or Bagged ~ Green Tea or Black Tea ~

There is a tea for my every mood & a tea to pair with every book!

Join me as I share my love of all things tea through:

~afternoon teas
~tea parties
~teas I loved
~tea time treats
~histories of tea
~tea time etiquette
~tea shops
~tea pots & tea cups

Really, C.S. Lewis said it best when he said:

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What is your favorite sippable beverage?