I used to be a proper tea fiend. Like a cupboard full of different types of black tea, one for each occasion, kinda gal. But a few years ago I found out I had a lactose intolerance and for some unearthly reason it seems to disproportionally affect tea with cow’s milk. I can’t begin to tell you how much this upsets me. I’ve tried the whole drinking black tea with milk alternatives and it’s Just Not The Same. At all. So now I mainly drink green tea and savour the few cups of black tea and milk I can cope with.
A while ago teapigs sent me some of their everyday brew black tea and challenged me to switch my normal tea to theirs. Frankly my normal tea is whatever mystery teabags are in the office kitchen, so figured I might as well give it a go. The idea was to give it fourteen days to see if teapigs everyday brew would win me over and stop me going back to my normal brand. Given that I probably drink less black tea now than most people, I decided to switch this up for more than a couple of weeks to really give it a good try.
Teapigs Everyday Brew is described as “gutsy” which I think this is a fair description as it feels like it has stronger flavours that the bog-standard teabags you get in the supermarket. I guess this is probably from the Assam which has always been a pretty good breakfast tea because it tastes stronger, which is certainly helpful first thing in the morning. That’s not to say that the teapigs Everyday Brew moniker is incorrect, but the strength of flavour means it feels like more of a tea to savour than one to just absentmindedly knock back. I don’t know what that says about me, but an everyday tea for me needs to be something that’s nice but unremarkable, whereas this makes me want to take five minutes out and enjoy its flavours.
This tea also copes being drunk without milk, the flavours are strong but smooth enough to be enjoyed with just added hot water. It was really helpful having this tea around when I moved house as it meant my trusty movers (aka my mum and her husband) and I were able to drink tea in between moving boxes, because obviously a kettle was one of the things I did have (although my only cutlery was a cocktail spoon).
So, after around four months of switching up my anonymous tea for teapigs Everyday Brew I certainly noticed a difference. For me it felt a bit of a shame to relegate it to everyday brew as it feels a bit ordinary and I certainly noticed a positive difference compared to the pretty standard teas we have in the kitchen. I’ll definitely be treating myself to a cup of teapigs everyday brew it more often!
Disclosure: I was sent a package by teapigs and asked to switch my regular tea for teapigs Everyday Brew. All opinions are honest and trust me, I’ve tried a lot of tea with cow’s milk alternatives and they don’t taste right. Some times tea is worth suffering for.