Members of the Executive Team and the Blender Team at Typhoo Tea imbibe tea in her or his own unique way. It got me to wondering how Typhoo would taste prepared according to each person’s preferred method. Time for a Typhoo Taste Test — woohoo!

First, a reminder that this tea is processed to minimize the amount of tannins in it, so it’s much gentler on the tummy. Good news for people like me who get queasy at the merest whiff of peppermint and bell pepper. (Don’t even mention strawberries and bananas to me, or you never know what might come up.) Small wonder that Typhoo is one of my favorite teas.

On with the test.

Here’s the team and how each has stated he/she likes tea:

  • Keith Packer, CEO — Strong with half fat milk.
  • Kath Hughes, Head of Human Resources — Milk, no sugar.
  • Somnath Saha, Finance Director — Strong tea (two tea bags) with full cream milk and two sugars.
  • Alan Hargreaves, Blender — With two tea bags in a cup, strong but quite milky, no sugar.
  • Jon Chartrey, Blender — Strong with half fat milk (same as the CEO).
  • Kevin Evans, Blender — A good strong cup of tea with a splash of milk.

With the exception of Ms. Hughes, all of these people like their tea strong, as in take-a-few-sips-and-be-buzzing-all-day strong. The question is: Really? I mean, this isn’t just hype trying to increase the consumption rate among Typhoo customers by claiming that a cup of tea made from two teabags is the way to go? Probably not. The range of tea strength preferred by people varies widely. So how does a cup of tea of 1-bag-strength compare to a cup of 2-bag-strength look and taste? Let’s find out.

The Method:

  • Select mugs of about the same size and shape. (Hubby and I collect mugs and tend to go for rather unique designs, resulting in few that match, but we managed to find a pair.)
  • Boil enough water to fill both mugs.
  • Place one Typhoo teabag into one mug.
  • Place two Typhoo teabags into the other mug.
  • Pour water into each mug. (We did about 8 ounces per mug.)
  • Set the timer to steep 5 minutes.
  • When timer goes off, remove teabags from mugs.
  • Take a big sip from both and compare.

The Results:

  • Plain:
    (The 1-bag was dark, with strong tea aroma and taste. Predictably, the 2-bag was darker, almost like coffee, with stronger aroma and taste.)

  • With milk (about one ounce):
    (The 1-bag took the milk well and had no bitterness. The 2-bag took the milk well but let some of the bitterness through; definitely needed more milk and some sweetener.)

Call me a “tea wimp” if you must, but a cup of Typhoo made with one teabag is overpowering and a cupful made with two teabags could, if you’ll excuse the expression, put hair on my chest. It’s that strong. Thank goodness I did this experiment fairly early in the day. I was still buzzing during the evening news (reminded me of the buzz I got a few years ago from some Swiss chocolate I had in the Zurich airport, waiting for my connection flight on to Greece).

My personal recipe for a perfect pot of Typhoo:

  • Ingredients: 6 cups of water, 3 Typhoo teabags, my 6-cup Blue Betty teapot.
  • Boil water.
  • Add teabags to teapot and pour in boiling water.
  • Steep 5 minutes.
  • Pour 2 cupfuls into mugs and enjoy.
  • Boil 2 more cups of water and add to teapot.
  • Steep another 5 minutes.
  • Remove teabags from teapot.
  • Enjoy rest of tea in pot as day goes on.

Work out your own special recipe and have a great Typhoo day!

No matter how it’s prepared, A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill, is always smooth-tasting and without bitterness! Check it out today!

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