It’s A Tae-Off


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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.

Storm’s a-brewin’.

READ ON: Ireland and England’s ‘best’ teas, reviewed by an American (Boing Boing)

(H/T: Jogginjoe)

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35 thoughts on “It’s A Tae-Off

  1. Starina

    Barry’s for the win!

    Boing Boing is the best. You should all follow Xeni Jardin on Twitter.

    1. Gorev Mahagut

      I believe PG Tips is drunk by chimpanzees. They wear cloth caps and speak in Yorkshire accents. I saw it on tv.

  2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Teabagging! EUuuuuuu! How common. Only tea leaves for Andyo. Or should it be Andyourp? Hmm. Anyhoo, I digress. Barry’s tea leaves are really good. I wouldn’t buy PG tea. In general, if I have to use a teabag, it’ll be Lady Grey tea by Twining’s.
    I hope you’ve all found this informative.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      I’ll second the Barry’s tea leaves. Really rich malty tea from them lads, the colour of mahogany.

      My own preference is for a lovely tea sold by a company in Cork. I can’t remember the name though.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        I’m a fan of Assam tea too. It’s nice ‘n’ malty.
        Cork tea company? I’m intrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrigued.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            The tea has made a liar of me. It’s from a place in Dublin. From hipster central actually. Sorry. I know you’re a Cork woman.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            Called Wall&Keogh, found in Portabello. Their breakfast tea is beautiful and malty but they have a HUGE selection of really lovely tea.

          3. martco

            ok tea lovers, I have a hint for u,
            if you want the best tea and not at hipster prices use your search engine of choice and look for an expert German lady located in West Cork by the name of Doris Hoffmann, Peppermint Farm. Doris has the best tae I’ve come across. Get your Assam in the post from her and give it the taste test, you won’t regret it.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Oh yeah! My bus stop is across the road from those guys. Must pop in.
            Thanks, Martco. I’ll give that a whirl. Their website is gas. Might go and stay in their house in the Algarve for the craic.

          5. martco

            the place itself is the definition of idyllic if u get to visit, wild herb garden buried in the hills type scenario…nice lady apparently came over on a holiday 20 odd years ago and decided not to get back on the plane home. yeah the website is very html v1.0 but that’s cos she’s too busy doing her thing to be fiddling about with d’internet. phonecall best idea have a chat the old fashioned way like!

          6. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            There’s a load of Dutch and German types around West Cork (less than there used to be because a good few of em sold up in the boom). Apparently back in the day when they approximated nuclear fallout, they discovered that West Cork was the safest place to be in Europe.
            Maybe we should think about that now. A good excuse to move home for me.

  3. Rob_G

    I find English tea tastes ok-ish; it’s just that their teabags are tiny. I find using two makes the experience more palatable.

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Do you all drink milky tea? *gags*
    I cannot abide milk with tea. Fong it into coffee, no problem, but with tea it just turns my stomach.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      I will in my Barry’s and in my breakfast tea. But aside from that… no.

      Someone gave me Earl Grey with milk in it once. Twas a sad day.

  5. Happy Molloy

    I did a little bit of work one time for a retired Indian fella who used to be an international tea dealer. (that makes it sound quite exciting)

    He told me that the Irish want by far the strongest blends of black tea than anywhere else in the world.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I used to work with some Chinese professors and they always brought Barry’s tea back to China with them. They loved it. They all drink green tea over there, I think.

    2. mildred st. meadowlark

      That’s because if the spoon won’t stand in the cup by itself, it’s not proper tea.

      Or so Nana Meadowlark says.

  6. Spaghetti Hoop

    Visited a couple of tea farms here in Kenya, and hoping to do some hand-picking meself. They export all the best produce and what is left on the supermarket shelves is no better than floor-sweepings. So I am now relying on friends and family to send me Barry’s, clearly doubling my carbon footprint and opening up an informal tea-trading operation with fellow emigrants. A box of Barry’s Tea under your arm as a house guest will get you anywhere.

  7. Daisy Chainsaw

    I have to give major kudos to Supervalu’s own brand Fair Trade tea. It’s lovely and a more than adequate substitute when Barry’s isn’t accessible.

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      Oooh, thanks for that. Am always on the lookout for a good Barry’s alternative :)

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I have often found Fair Trade stuff to be gak. My buddy who works in an NGO says it’s because when they get land to grow their own produce, usually it’s the crappy rubbish soil that’s useless so it’s hard to produce good tea/coffee etc. I’d be glad to be proven wrong, though.

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