Jason Weisberger of Boing Boing compares Barry’s and PG Tips.
Who ya got?
PG Tips tastes weakly of old cardboard and has a distinctly metallic tang. I imagine jolly old English folk shredding a Vans shoebox, and adding the tiny metal flakes generated when stripping the screws of a children’s toy battery box cover.
Neither Barry’s Tea nor Lyons was willing to share the exact names of all the tea estates that they source from.
Lyons gets some from Kenya, some from Sri Lanka, and some from Assam, said Adam Fisher, the media relations manager at Unilever, which owns Lyons.
“We source from an array of tea estates and though it isn’t possible to give you the names of all of them Lyons is mostly sourced from East Africa, including Kericho,” he said. It is fully Rainforest Alliance-certified, though….
Barry’s Tea, which is not Rainforest Alliance-certified, didn’t provide a list either. It sources 90 percent of its tea from East Africa and 10 percent from India, said spokesperson Camille O’Flanagan. “We work with some of the most reputable tea estates in every region.”
“Ever have that frustrating moment where your housemate makes tea and forgets to get you a cup? We made a video [includes sweary language] where someone makes that very mistake and gets what they deserve…”