Why I Began Drinking PG Tips
Hollywood loves to show British people drinking tea. More specifically, the movie producers like to show young British women in long, pastel-colored dresses holding detailed teacups and saucers, daintily sipping at sugared, black tea and gossiping together about young men in stylish green coats.
“Oh, so women drank a lot of hot tea during the 1700’s and 1800’s,” I thought, after having seen several Jane Austen movie remakes. “People only really drink iced tea now.”
Several events then occurred. For example, my college roommate spent a semester at Oxford. On her arrival back, she sang nothing but praise about British tea. Also, several weeks back, my fiance introduced me to a modern, British show: Sherlock. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman always seemed to be making tea!
This left me with one conclusion: I was wrong. People in the United Kingdom still, and possibly always will, hold high regard for a cup of tea.
With this knowledge, I had one course of action in my desire to adapt British customs – to drink hot tea. So, every few weeks, I scrape up a few dollars and skip out to purchase a box of PG Tips. Here are the top 3 reasons why anyone reading this post should do the same:
Number 3 – To Kick-start the Busy Day
Americans drink coffee, black or sweetened, to kick-start their busy day. The British drink a cup of black tea, otherwise known as Breakfast tea. One such British tea is PG Tips.
PG Tips makes many different teas. However, in the United States, PG Tips makes the most sales with their strong, black tea. So, instead of guzzling down the steaming hot, black coffee, I would highly recommend PG Tips for a strong caffeine kick.
Number 2 – To Accompany Lemon and Honey
Before Sherlock, I never knew what to add to my cup of tea. I’m thinking of the third episode in the most recently aired fourth series, where Sherlock, John, and Mycroft watch Molly cut a lemon and squeeze its juice into her teacup. The next time my fiance and I visited the Neighborhood Market, we picked up some lemons to add to our morning tea.
To say the lemons were good in the tea does the experience little justice. One lemon slice with PG Tips is delightful and flavorful, and something to experience regularly. If lemons are hard to find, honey is a more than acceptable substitute.
Number 1 – England’s No. 1 Tea
Searching the PG Tips website revealed different teas and different packaging than what I can find here in the United States. However, on the USA packaging of PG Tips, the lid reveals a red banner claiming PG Tips as the Number One Tea in England!
Can this merely be good marketing? Yes, of course. It’s also effective. When my college roommate came back from Oxford, she bought only PG Tips. Hence why they became my go-to tea in the first place.
In writing this post, I have zero intention of slighting other teas. I merely write to encourage my readers to try a delightful British, black tea that has brought this writer much joy in her tea drinking. If the reader knows me, come on over and try it yourself!