Tea: Typhoo Tea

A Black Tea from Typhoo

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Style:Black Tea
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Review of Typhoo Tea

5 of 103 of 55 of 560 of 100

Although not my favourite brew, Typhoo has, according to my late mother, been enjoyed in my family since the 1920's. I perhaps first tasted it in the early 1950's as a young boy, and, as far as I remember, it was never usurped by any other tea in that household. It was, according to my mother, one of the few teas that could contend with London's notoriously hard water, emanating from limestone sources in the Thames Valley and the home counties. It was, and still is, a fairly robust tea, replete with tannic overtones, and enjoys wide popularity as a typical "Builders" (i.e.Construction Site) tea in England and the UK generally. Not the kind of tea to serve without milk (and sugar!) and a couple of Carrs ginger nuts to dunk! With a twee slice of lemon and nothing else to adorn it, Typhoo's rather plebian origins do tend to show through. But it's a good honest brew that outsells many other
brands in the UK. I don't buy it anymore since discovering Fotheringhams Finest! But that's another story!

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Alex Zorach wrote:
on November 24th, 2013

I find it interesting how certain teas seem to fare better with hard water than others. Yorkshire Tea makes a blend specifically for hard water, but I haven't tried it (although I like their normal blends). I've lived in places with hard water in the past. Right now I'm lucky enough to have delightful water at my current place.

I've heard good things about Typhoo too; one of the reviewers on this site, whose tastes I tend to trust, Sir William of the Leaf, wrote highly of it.

It's interesting though, for how popular this is in the UK, this is one brand that I infrequently see here in the US. I see PG Tips pretty frequently these days, and Twinings is in nearly every supermarket, but Typhoo is less common, and I have yet to try it.

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