Now I don't drink tea.. and if I do I prefer iced peach tea so I am no expert, but I found this and think it is interesting..<br><br><a href="http://theteascoop.typepad.com/the_tea_scoop/tea_brands/" target="_blank">http://theteascoop.typepad.com/the_t...op/tea_brands/</a>
Does she really want tea bags? Because the finest tea doesn't come in bags. It's loose. I think that most British folks like their tea with milk (Brits, correct me if I'm wrong!) Black teas are best for that.<br><br>
The Tao of Tea is an awesome place to get tea. They do fair trade, super high-quality, very much dedicated to the best. (I can walk to it, but they ship.)<br><br>
Of the black teas, I really like the Assams. <i>Golden Tips Assam</i> is terrific.<br><a href="http://www.taooftea.com/shop95-Assam_Black_Teas.html" target="_blank">http://www.taooftea.com/shop95-Assam_Black_Teas.html</a><br><br>
Also, there's a Chinese black tea called <i>Golden Monkey</i>. Mm.<br><a href="http://www.taooftea.com/shop94-Famous_Chinese_Black_Teas.html" target="_blank">http://www.taooftea.com/shop94-Famou...lack_Teas.html</a><br><br>
Or, you could look into their World Tea Club for your MIL<br><a href="http://www.taooftea.com/worldclub.php3?id=" target="_blank">http://www.taooftea.com/worldclub.php3?id=</a>
PG Tips. They were really hard to find over here for a while, but now you can often find them at Stop & Shop. It's a strong, smooth tea that's super yummy with milk and sugar -- perfect for an afternoon tea. My gram's Welsh and has had her cousin send boxes over here and she has some every day at 4 o'clock. I've become completely addicted after having afternoon tea with her on Sundays!
Is she British and lives in the UK or British and lives in the USA?<br><br>
It could make a difference.<br><br>
For example. If she lives in the UK and you sent her a box of PG Tips, that's pretty much like giving your MIL a container of Maxwell House for Mother's Day.<br><br>
Even if she lives in the USA, sending a bog standard tea brand if it's not the one she craves from home (maybe she craves Tetleys or Typhoo...maybe she loves Tesco value brand tea...I know a few people that buy no other!) the gift might fall flat?<br><br>
If you want a quality tea the British enjoy, you can't go wrong with Darjeeling tea. You choose that brand. By a fancy one<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Edited to add: Unless she usually brews her tea from loose leaves, loose leaf tea is a pain in the bum...Teapot, strainer etc. The vast majority of Brit's use a tea bag straight in the mug. If you get a fancy loose leaf, get a single serve tea ball to go with it.
Um, orange pekoe <i>is</i> a black tea.<br><br>
The highest grade black loose leaf you can get is FTGFOP, but it's really pricey. If you go one grade down, it's affordable and still really good. I really liked <a href="http://www.dragonwater.com" target="_blank">Dragonwater</a> for my teas, but they have gone to only selling herbals now. They carry one <a href="http://www.dragonwater.com/product_detail.tf/515_mangalam_assam_ftgfop1_tea.html" target="_blank">high-grade assam</a> but I haven't tried it.<br><br>
As far as brews, I like Assam. It's nice and strong. Darjeeling is really yummy too. Maybe she would like a breakfast tea instead? I agree that if she prefers a tea bag, I wouldn't go with loose leaf tea. It's kind of a pain. I wouldn't drink it any other way, but I know a lot of people don't like the hassle.
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My MIL is in the UK and she sends this to me.<br><br>
I like Adagio teas. I'm not a tea snob so for all I know it's not very fancy but the last time I ordered, you could get sample sets of loose leaf teas. I really enjoyed trying lots of new ones.
My MIL is a brit living in the states. Has been for over 20 years.<br><br>
I have only ever seen her with tea bags. But, every single day...<br><br>
Thanks so much for the schooling. I think I will end up putting together a Basket from the englishteastore.com. Darjeeling, Assam, a PG Tips.<br><br>
I don't know about teabags, and I don't regularly drink tea, but the best tea I have ever had in my life was in Toronto at a belly dancing restaurant called Sultan's Tent. My DH and I seriously have never had better tea. Ever. We live outside of Chicago and went to Niagara Falls for vacation once. We detoured to Toronto on the way home just to have more of the tea even though it was years since we went there. Yep. Still perfect. I don't know if you can order it, I think they brew it with orange blossom water. But if you ever go to Toronto, eat there and have the tea. It is heavenly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
I wish my MIL brewed loose tea. That does seem to be the best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
Yorkshire Tea, made by Taylors of Harrogate (one of the last family-owned and operated tea companies in the UK) is the best tea I ever put to my lips, and in fact, nothing else tasted like tea after that. I once had tea that musical, bold, and fragrant at a ritzy Indian restaurant, but I have no idea what brand it was.<br><br>
Yorkshire tea is so good, that its teabag tea is BETTER than the loose tea I used to buy. You can get Yorkshire tea loose as well if you order online, but if she likes teabags, theirs is really unbeatable.<br><br>
They have a very interesting website also, with funny adverts and ordering info. I really think once you taste it, you will agree. I don't know where you can get it except online, but I discovered it as a chance encounter at a TJ Maxx, and only see it there once in a blue moon. Good luck finding it in the US, but it's well worth the search, or order online!<br>
When I tasted it, it was like sudden enlightenment as to why the English love tea so much... I think Americans would love it as well if we could get such good tea. Other teas, even expensive ones, taste so pale and lifeless to me by comparison. Nuff said I guess!
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yorkshire Tea, made by Taylors of Harrogate (one of the last family-owned and operated tea companies in the UK) is the best tea I ever put to my lips, and in fact, nothing else tasted like tea after that. I once had tea that musical, bold, and fragrant at a ritzy Indian restaurant, but I have no idea what brand it was.</div>
I wouldn't be surprised if the Indian restaurant used Yorkshire.
Hey! Yorkshire Gold made it in just under the wire. Good job ladies!<br><br>
So I made a basket up from englishteastore.com. PG Tips special blend, Twinnings Darjeeling, T of H Assam, and T of H yorkshire gold. I also threw in some English cookies, marmalade, and galaxy chocolate.<br><br>
Yay, I can't wait to drink some next visit. I have never been excited at all about tea. She would ask me which kind I wanted, and I would say, "Whatever." Only because I felt stupid I didn't have a clue. Thanks again.