PG Tips continues in the tradition of the classic British “cup of tea”.
PG Tips is based in London, England and has been providing the people of Great Britain (and around the world) delicious tea since the 1930s.
A cup of tea in the U.K. is a traditional hot beverage and this seasoned tea company advises that it’s the nation’s favourite cup of tea, delivering a terrific range of teas, from fruit, herbal teas and green teas to premium blends, loose-leaf and decaf.
The History of PG Tips
In 1869, Arthur Brooke established his first shop in Manchester, England offering reliably delicious tea blends which led to the success of his company and the nation’s first cuppa or “Cup of Tea”.
Under the name ‘Pre-Gest-Tea’ (alluding to the Digestive Tea idea of having a hot cup of tea before dinner) Arthur launched his new brand in the U.K. in the 1930s.
Store-owners abbreviated the name to PG and Arthur added the ‘tips’ to indicate how this tea company used only the top two leaves and the bud of each tea plant.
PG Tips’ first television commercial was broadcast in 1956 and in the 1960s, this tea company stunned the nation when it introduced the first teabag. It didn’t take long for tea bags to outsell loose-leaf tea and in the 1980s, the mug revolution came along.
At that time, 50% of tea drinkers were using a mug rather than using proper teacups and teapots. It was then that PG Tips came up with stringed tea bags, just for mugs.
Then the revolutionary pyramid bag was launched by this tea company in the ’90s, with enough room inside to act like a teapot, allowing the leaves to move and steep better.
PG Tips’ first decaf line was released in 2004 and in 2005, they celebrated 75 years by commissioning a hand-crafted diamond tea bag worth £7,000.
In 2006, Monkey the mascot arrived on the scene. Like a puppet with a personality, he has a passion for tea and enjoys a level of celebrity afforded by the fact that he’s become a national treasure.
Since then, PG Tips has gone from strength to strength, evolving and continuing to create their famously tasty tea, with less than 0.2% caffeine.
1869 – The first brew
Arthur Brooke opens his first shop in Manchester, England and its success lies in his sale of reliable tea blends. His big break comes in the late 1870s when a grocer asks for a bulk order of tea at wholesale prices.
1930s – The pre-digestive era
Arthur Brooke launches in the UK tea market under the name of ‘Pre-Gest-Tea’. Grocers abbreviate it to PG, and the company adds ‘tips’ to highlight the fact that PG uses the top two leaves and a bud to make its tea. PG Tips was born!
1960 – It’s in the bag
The makers of PG Tips introduce the tea bag to a stunned nation. They catch on quickly and soon, tea bags out-sell loose-leaf tea.
1996 – The 8th wonder of the world
The makers of PG Tips launch the revolutionary PG Tips pyramid bags. With more room inside, it acts like a miniature teapot, giving the leaves more room to move.
2008 – Green leaves
PG Tips joins forces with the Rainforest Alliance to ensure PG Tips tea suppliers meet their high sustainability standards.
PG Tips Tea Flavors
There’s nothing like the original PG tips to make a cup of tea just like a true Brit! PG Tips are known internationally for their revitalizing, tasty and timeless teas. PG Tips has loved the world over and nowhere more than in Britain where 35 million cups of PG Tips are consumed each day.
Why is PG Tips England’s #1 tea? It’s the taste, of course. PG Tips uses only the highest quality and most flavorful top two leaves and bud off the tea plant. PG Tips flavorful original black tea is harvested from the finest tips of tea plants grown in Ceylon and Kenya, providing you a quality tea with exceptional taste. All you need to do is pop the kettle on and enjoy the outstanding taste of PG Tips original black tea.
Extra Strong Tea
If you’re a tea drinker who doesn’t like to mess around with anything less than a robust cup of tea, then PG Tips has a strong, bold blend to kick-start your day. Using their famous pyramid bags, this tea provides bright colour and richly satisfying, strong, intense, flavour.
Gold Best Tasting Blend
This tea is considered PG Tips’ best quality blend, with a fine mix of African, Sri Lankan and Indian Assam teas. A complex and balanced blend which is considered this tea company’s most indulgent cup of tea, has a bright, golden colour and rich aroma, making it an extra special tea. Reviewers love it and advise that it doesn’t get bitter, no matter how long it’s steeped.
The Tasty Decaf
You’ll be chuffed to hear that with PG tips Decaf you can carry on enjoying your favourite brew without the caffeine. So wave caffeine goodbye and say ‘hello’ to PG tips Decaf. The caffeine content of less than 0.2%. Delicious and unique aroma. Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Pure Tea Granules
Freeze Dried PG Tips Tea granules. The tea you can really taste! PG Tips Tea granules have chosen the youngest, freshest, most flavoursome leaves and expertly brewed and freeze-dried them into granules, to bring you that unbeatable PG tea taste with the convenience of no messy tea bags! Perfect to pop in your work bag or travel case.
PG Tips delicate camomile pyramid teabags with herbal infusions are just bursting with big flavour. With their specially designed pyramid tea bags, they have 50 per cent more space than regular bags and with Plenty of space, it means more room for the great taste to infuse. Perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a long day!
So there you have it whether you’re British living abroad, an English native or just wanting to learn more about tea you’ve got an extensive background and list of teas to satisfy your every need and or desire.
“Where to buy PG Tips?”
You can buy PG Tips from almost any local supermarket otherwise we have linked all the PG Tips products to the Amazon page for you to purchase from.
“Can you buy PG Tips in America?”
Yes, but in restaurants, it may be slightly different from how you would have your tea in the U.K. We have placed links to Amazon above to help you purchase the right tea you’re looking for.
“What type of tea is PG Tips?”
PG Tips is a popular British blend of the finest Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas which produces a rich and refreshing flavour.
Last update on 2021-01-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API