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The great British teabag hunt thread


OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Sep 2012  #31
Hint - "Ramsey" from Biedronka.

I mentioned Remsey/Biedronka in post 1. It is not brilliant, it is just about make do as is Lipton's.
Less777 - | 50
19 Sep 2012  #32
I mentioned Remsey/Biedronka in post 1

I must be going blind.

It is not brilliant, it is just about make do as is Lipton's

Way better than Lipton's.
Wroclaw Boy
19 Sep 2012  #33
The only temporary substitutes for Tesco's Finest and at a reasonable price are a variety sold by Biedronka, believe it or not. Not too bad if two bags are used.

I used those when i was there, used to be around 6,99 PLN for a 100.

Funny - i just googled that and found myself. Anyone recommend a nice strong Polish tea(bag)?
p3undone 8 | 1,135
19 Sep 2012  #34
InWroclaw,actually in New England,white is the way we drink it here as well.I like a lot of sugar and a fair amount of cream.My favorite brand is Salada.I don't know if you've ever tried it or not,but imo it is better than Lipton.I wonder if it's sold in Poland?
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Sep 2012  #35
Not noticed any Salada brand, no. I didn't know that was the custom in New England! I really must go and see more of the States one day. Time's flying and I still haven't been back there.

Way better than Lipton's.

About the same I thought, but it is cheaper. As a British teabag is 3g, you need 2 x 2g Remsey or Lipton bags for a mug of tea. You then get something approaching the oomph factor (to give it its scientific name) if you brew it for 5 mins or so. I agree for the price, it's not a bad buy at all. 75 bags are about 5.50zl.

I used those when i was there, used to be around 6,99 PLN for a 100.

I'm going to bring tea from the UK on my next trip back. Ty-phoo or even Asda's own will do.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467
19 Sep 2012  #36
Merged: Esencja tea is best

Do you like those drippy, messy teabags? Some call 'herbata marki rozmokła bibuła'!
The best tea is not the British teapot but the Polish/Slavic little teapot. In it one places some tea leaves, drenches them with boiling water and allows them to steep. Then you add a bit of the esencja to your glass or teacups (beakers are crude!) and top up with boiling water. That way everybody can get the potency desired with nt druppy bags. The teapot can stand out on the kitchen coutner for up to 2 days.
Zibi - | 336
19 Sep 2012  #37
Polish/Slavic little teapot

LOL..... the method of preparation you describe is somewhat antiquated, probably the oldest people only use it in Poland nowadays. Even my 70+ yo folks do not. The best tea is made fresh, whether in a slavic or non-slavic pot (LOL). Keeping "esencja" sitting around for 2 days doesn't add to the taste of tea in the least.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,724
19 Sep 2012  #38
I'm going to bring tea from the UK on my next trip back.

PM an address and I will post you some you poor guy
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Sep 2012  #39
I always thought you were in Poland?!
I am back in England quite soon, but thank you for your kind offer, I might take you up on that in the future and will reimburse you of course, as the person in the UK I left money with last time to post me stuff took ages. Apparently the PO queues put him off each time.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,724
19 Sep 2012  #40
no no I am here in a little known part of the UK and happy to send teabags.
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Sep 2012  #41
Not Leavesden near Watford?!! :o)

You're a diamond!
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,724
19 Sep 2012  #42
good grief Leavesden bus garage what a blast from the past....
no I will give you a clue, my nearest neighbour is a sheep.
sobieski 107 | 2,129
19 Sep 2012  #43
I have never understood the Polish & Brit fascination with tea :)
Anyway, my (Polish) wife really like MS Earl Grey.
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Sep 2012  #44
no I will give you a clue, my nearest neighbour is a sheep.

You're in Southampton then!

;o)
GabiDaHun 2 | 152
19 Sep 2012  #45
You can get orgaic Clipper tea in Alma. The best tea in the world! It's quite pricey though I think it's worth the money if you're not visiting the isles for a while..

Is it me, or is Lipton improving (slowly). I had a not bad cup of Lipton tea in Zakopane this weekend past.

I was proper shocked.
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
19 Sep 2012  #46
You can get orgaic Clipper tea in Alma

Clipper don't impress me much.

Way better than Lipton's.

OK, I'll give you that now, solely based on the price differential and the fact I've had a few mugs of it and it's quite good.

2 x 2g bags of Biedronka's Remsey (Black, not Ceylon) almost delivers the same oomph as 1 x 3g bag of Tesco Finest.

However, you get 80 in a box of Tesco Finest, and 75 in the Remsey. As I need two Remsey bags, I only get 37 cups out of the Remsey, so no real saving on the Tesco Finest price. If TF was back in their shops, I'd opt for that again, no question. If I were drinking small cups of tea, I'd probably agree the Remsey wins significantly because of its price and the fact you could get 75 small but strong enough cups of tea out of it for half the price of the Tesco bags.

Biedronka's Remsey Ceylon is probably one of the better Polish brands around and there's nothing I can put my finger on to criticise it as such, but even with 2 bags it doesn't seem to have the full flavour of a good British teabag. The Remsey Black Tea seems better by a whisker and is not a bad substitute on your bench in the absence of one from the UK, especially for the price. But drop a good Brtiish teabag into your mug and you will taste the difference if you brew it for 4 or 5 mins.

I think the best Ceylon/Sri Lanka teas have an emblem, forgotten what it is now, but their tea body stamps it on to indicate approval

Auchan are doing black tea in bags - a new line of theirs in a yellow box, 5zł 86 for 75 bags. However, it is not, in my opinion, as good as the Remsey from Biedronka. The bags are slightly smaller physically although the same weight. I don't think the two shops have the same supplier for this.
Schmiznurf 9 | 31
7 Feb 2013  #47
I got myself a box of Tetley's the other day and it tastes just like home to me.
Marek11111 9 | 817
7 Feb 2013  #48
Tea bag – you actually talking about tea
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
7 Feb 2013  #49
You're thinking of tea bagging I think! Not something to discuss with the vicar.

I got myself a box of Tetley's the other day and it tastes just like home to me.

Which one was it, please? There are a few different ones.
Schmiznurf 9 | 31
7 Feb 2013  #50
Which one was it, please? There are a few different ones

Tetley's Classic, I got it from a shop called Poziomka.
nasadki - | 43
7 Feb 2013  #52
Do Brits like iced tea at all? I use Lipton to make Sun tea or brewed ice tea. My Polish mother-in-law loves it and she makes her own now too.

I keep Tetley for my mom who likes hot tea in the morning.
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
7 Feb 2013  #53
Some must do because Aldi or Lidl sell it in large cartons in the UK.

The Tetley Classic is just under 3zł in Auchan for 25 bags (25x x 1.6g). Most British teabags weigh around 3g, so it's not especially good value as it would mean 2 bags are needed for a full flavour.

Auchan's own label teabags in a yellow box are not much good. It is unusual for me to have to thumbs down an Auchan product but this time I do. There are worse teas out there but this one is not as good as Biedronka's Remsey which is only a few pennies more. If you do buy Auchan's, don't expect a refund at the customer service desk if you don't like the taste or return it for low quality reasons -- they will most probably direct you to the address on the back of the box and refuse a refund in the store. Auchan usually have a very, very good attitude with products customers return (within reason of course) but poor taste with tea does not seem to be covered. They have this in common with Carrefour, who also refused me a refund on tea that tasted like dust. The best advice is buy Remsey Black (bags) from Biedronka, Tesco Finest Fair Trade teabags (lately they are out of stock), M&S bags, or bring your own from Britain! Tea is light and easy to fit into luggage, thankfully.
milawi
8 Feb 2013  #54
I've seen Twinings tea in Kaufland, but it's pricey.
OP InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
8 Feb 2013  #55
I think Twinings have an operation in Poland, but I'm not really a fan of theirs. I'm more interested in everyday tea at a fair price. When I tried the more expensive Polish brands, I wasn't that impressed considering the cost. Without a shadow of a doubt, 2 bags of Remsey Black (bags) is about as close as I can get to a decent cup of tea for the money. However, if Tesco were still stocking their own Finest (instead they're stocking another company's Finest range) I'd buy theirs. In a recent poll in the UK, it did very well for flavour. The non Tesco brand range called Finest is not impressive, but (unlike Auchan) I seem to recall that Tesco customer services accepted it back and refunded me. (Note that Tesco insisted I return it to the same branch from which it was purchased.)

If a person is happy to pay quite a lot more, Lipton's is quite good (although still does not equal the flavour I am used to in England). Lipton's is good without milk, in all fairness to them.
Cardno85 31 | 976
22 Jul 2013  #56
Yorkshire Tea - Allegro, there's yer dinner!

It's expensive but I don't drink THAT much tea, especially in the summer. I have tried both regular Yorkshire and Hard Water Yorkshire here in Kraków and I honestly prefer the original.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467
22 Jul 2013  #57
good value teabags

Do you actually like those messy, drippy teabags? Polish traditonalists call it herbata 'rozmokła bibuła' (soaked-paper tea). Nothing beats the Polish/Slavic teapot method in which a strong tea essence is made in a small teapot. A bit of essence according to taste is then poured into individual glasses or teacups and then topped up with boiling water. No samovar is needed, but the tea is great. And the teapot is always on the ktichen counter so anyone can help themselves by boiling some water.
Harry
22 Jul 2013  #58
Yorkshire Tea - Allegro, there's yer dinner!

britishcornershop.co.uk will most probably be cheaper.

Nothing beats the Polish/Slavic teapot method in which a strong tea essence is made in a small teapot.

What an excellent way of making sure that far too much of the astringent tannins are extracted from the tea and the drink has an unpleasant bitter taste.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467
22 Jul 2013  #59
an unpleasant bitter taste

You must be doing something wrong. The teapot method makes a rich, full-flavored brew adjusted to
the drinker's desired strength with absoltuely no bitter after-taste. And there are no drippy teabags ot dispose of.
Harry
22 Jul 2013  #60
The teapot method makes a rich, full-flavored brew adjusted to the drinker's desired strength with absoltuely no bitter after-taste.

Very simple fact: steeping tea for too long draws out the high molecular weight tannins which give a bitter taste to the drink. If you're going to come into a thread about tea bags and act all superior while taking the thread off topic, you could at least get the very basic details right.

And there are no drippy teabags ot dispose of.

Just drippy, messy tea leaves to chase down.

Now, do you perhaps have anything to add to the topic of this thread, i.e. where to buy British teabags?

I think Twinings have an operation in Poland, but I'm not really a fan of theirs.

They have a major operation in Poland; however, the Twinings that's made for the UK market is noticeably better than the stuff made here for the rest of the EU.


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