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TWININGS English Breakfast Tea – An Exemplary Loose Leaf Tea

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea – An Exemplary Loose Leaf Tea

Seeing the loose leaf Twinings English Breakfast Tea was love at first sight.

As Alex and I pushed our shopping cart down Walmart Neighborhood’s Market’s aisles, we stopped at the tea bag section. During previous visits, the tea bag selections were severely limited in options, missing many items on the shelf. But Walmart had restocked every tea selection since then, enabling us to find Twinings’s collectible English Breakfast Tea container.

Selecting the Correct TWININGS English Breakfast Tea

TWININGS English Breakfast Tea loose leaf style.

Walmart Neighborhood Market presented us with a happy dilemma. Should I buy the Twinings English Breakfast Tea in the tea bag style? Or should I try the loose leaf style? The logical solution was the tea bag style, for I was unable to brew the loose leaf style. But, oh, the collectible Twinings English Breakfast Tea container! The packaging made the dilemma an easy choice.

With great joy, I snatched up a well-intact Twinings container and plopped it into our shopping cart. My choice required me to add a tea strainer or tea ball to the shopping list, to enjoy the tea at home. So, once Alex and I had finished selecting our food items, we looked for the tea strainer or tea ball, and we found none. “Off to another store then!” I said.

Where Walmart Neighborhood Market Fails, Walmart Superstore Picks Up

A tea ball for the loose leaf tea.

Nugget Markets was the next nearest store, so we hoped to find some tea strainer or tea ball there. But alas, my favorite store carried tea spoons and coffee mugs, but no tea strainers or tea balls. “We’ll try Walmart, the regular store,” said my fiance. So off we went.

Once inside the ever-crowded discount store, we traversed the long way around the store until we came across the kitchen utensil section. Alex and I separated, searching for the item up and down the aisles. He spotted it first. “Found it!” Alex said. With rising excitement, I went to him and looked at the spot where he pointed, and I smiled to see the tea ball.

Brewing TWININGS English Breakfast Tea with the Tea Ball

Pouring boiling water into a tea cup with a tea ball.

The hook on the tea ball’s end confused me. What did it hook to? I wondered. Alex did some research, and based on his findings, we were to fill the tea ball and place it in a tea kettle. I owned only a whistling tea kettle, located on the stove top, and I didn’t know if the tea ball could handle a kettle on the stove.

Instead, I only partially filled the tea ball, and placed it in my tea cup. Alex kindly poured some boiling water into the tea cup, and the loose leaf tea brewed smooth and dark. Within around five minutes, I had breakfast with a cup of Twinings English Breakfast Tea loose leaf style.

Personal Opinion on TWININGS English Breakfast Tea Loose Leaf Style

Flavorful and rich, the Twinings English Breakfast Tea in the loose leaf style is right up there with PG Tips! As stated in a previous post, PG Tips currently stand as my favorite tea. However, having drunk this Twinings loose leaf tea several times, I may change my mind. Both black teas are superb and worthy of a try!

So if looking for something to look forward to in the morning, consider purchasing some black loose leaf tea from Twinings. The flavor stimulates the tongue, body, and mind, and the container is adorable. It’s an overall pleasantly British experience!

Top 3 Reasons to Try PG Tips

Top 3 Reasons to Try PG Tips

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 pg-tips-1their 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

pg-tips-3Before 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 17193837_10102207437384887_977297190_oOne 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!