It started with an innocent impulse buy several years ago in a cheese shop in San Francisco. A square cardboard box with a lady in an orange sari on the cover and the intriguing promise of unique, triangular tea bags within. Now it's an everyday ritual almost impossible to skip: wake up, boil water, PG tips, milk, back under the covers with a steaming cuppa and 15 minutes of slow sipping and emerging into the day.
PG Tips is a British brand, started in the 1930s by a man named Arthur Brooke. It was originally called Pre-Gest-Tee and was promoted as a pre-digestive. The tea is a special formula, a blend of 12 to 35 single estate teas from all over the world. In 1996, the now famous triangualr shaped bags were introduced. Today the company claims that the British drink over 35 million cups of PG Tips a day!
PG Tips isn't particularly special or fancy. It doesn't require much beyond water just off the boil and a large, sturdy mug. It's just a good, strong, reliable cup of black tea. Occasionally, I pick up a box of the 'Special Blend" which was created for the brand's 75th anniversary but sadly, the lady in the orange sari isn't on the package anymore. I kind of miss her.
PG Tips can be found in many well-stocked US grocery stores as well as import stores and on-line:
• PG Tips at Amazon, in many sizes
• PG Tips at Vermont Country Store, a box of 80 for $10.95
Related: The Tea Lady
(Image: Vermont Country Store)