GROCERY bills are rising – and your breakfast brew is one of many everyday items that are getting more expensive.
A box of 80 PG Tips went from £2.16 in February 2021 to £2.36 this year, an increase of 9.3%.
Most of us won’t want to be without our morning cuppa, but swapping brands could save you some cash.
Mum-of-three Lynsey Hope has agreed to try a few supermarket choices to see if cheaper tea can be as satisfying as the big brands.
“Like a lot of people, I can be picky with tea, so that was going to be interesting,” she says.
“I’ve always bought and enjoyed Yorkshire Tea, but as prices rise I’m not sure I can justify the price anymore and have to find an alternative.”
Here Lynsey, 40, from West Malling, Kent, compares supermarket teas to big name brands.
The Winner – M&S Everyday Tea Bags
- £1.20 for 80 (1.5p each)
Lynsey says: “I was impressed with the taste and cost of these standard M&S tea bags.
“They may not be as strong as my usual Yorkshire tea, but they are a great alternative and a fraction of the cost.
“Will buy more. Great value, great tasting tea.”
Taste: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10
Total score: 30/30
Lynsey says, “A sweet, biscuity aroma, well-balanced and rich tasting without being too overwhelming.
“This is the tea I buy at home, but after looking at the price I now have to consider other options.
“It will be difficult because I like the flavor of this strong drink. It has a real depth of flavor.
“It’s strong, maybe strong enough to make two cups with each bag and save money!”
Taste: 10/10 Value for money: 7/10 Overall: 9/10 Total score: 26/30
Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded Red Label Tea
Lynsey says, “It had a rich, deep color. In a way, the dark look was deceiving as I expected it to be stronger.
“I liked the mild taste though. It was a nice fresh tasting tea with light floral notes. Another plus is that it is fair trade.
“There is no need to buy ‘Taste the Difference’ from Sainsbury’s. For me it is the same without the tag and the higher price.”
Taste: 8/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 8/10
Total score: 25/30
Aldi Specially Selected English Breakfast fine tea
Lynsey says: “Not Aldi’s cheapest tea, but it was impressive.
“Loved the flavor which is a classic blend of Indian and Kenyan teas with a full bodied flavor.
“While there are cheaper options, if you’re picky, drink a lot of tea and want to find something you really like, this might be a good choice.
“It still represents great value compared to market leaders.”
Taste: 9/10 Value for money: 7/10 Overall: 8/10
Total score: 24/30
Lidl Knightsbridge Red Label tea bags
- £1.09 for 160 (0.68p each)
Lynsey says, “A great big box and one of the cheapest breakfast teas you can buy.
“Lidl’s tea was easy to drink and produced a strong infusion quite quickly. It was rich and smooth and the balance of flavors was good.
“It wasn’t my favorite, but it’s a great cup of tea at a great price.”
Taste: 7/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 7/10
Total score: 22/30
Waitrose English Breakfast tea bags
- £2.50 for 100 (2.5p each)
Lynsey says: “Waitrose tea bags are made from a blend of Kenyan tea and Assam tea from India.
“The Assam flavor is quite distinctive. I liked it but if you don’t, this may not be the tea for you.
“It’s not bitter at all and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
“It’s not the cheapest, but it represents better value for money than some of the big brands. I would take them again.”
Taste: 8/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 7/10
Total score: 21/30
Lynsey says: “According to Statistica, Tetley was the top brand purchased in UK convenience and grocery stores in 2021.
“I found it to have a nice, earthy flavor. It’s quite mild in taste but refreshing and very drinkable. No complaints.”
Taste: 7/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 6/10
Total score: 18/30
Tesco Finest English Breakfast Tea
Lynsey says: “The premium for Tesco was strong and rich, but I felt it lacked depth of flavor.
“These were also quite expensive compared to other own brands and I’m not sure they are worth it.”
Taste: 6/10 Value for money: 3/10 Overall: 5/10
Total score: 14/30
Morrisons Everyday Tea
Lynsey says: “I have to applaud Morrisons for the award.
“These are the cheapest tea bags we’ve tried so they represent great value and the box is red and as attractive as any.
“They didn’t quite stand up to the taste test. I felt the flavor was weak and watery and sorry Morrisons, but I’m not sure whether to drink them again.
“They are well priced though, so if the month is tight and your skin is tight, give them a try, just let the bag steep for a good while.”
Taste: 4/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 4/10
Total score: 14/30
PG recommends the original
- £2.30 for 80 (2.8p each)
Lynsey says: “Famous for their pyramid bags, PG Tips is one of the UK’s leading brands.
“I don’t usually buy it (we have Yorkshire) but I had high hopes for these.
“I was surprised to find that I didn’t like it too much. It tasted quite thin and watery and less flavor than some of the own brands. Disappointing.”
Taste: 4/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 4/10
Total score: 12/30
Asda Everyday tea bags
- £1.10 for 80 (1.3p each)
Lynsey says: “Very sweet and I found Asda’s tea bags a little bitter with an aftertaste.
“If you don’t like strong tea, give these a try as they come at a great price.
“A few broke when I tried to tear them apart, so they were wasted. Obviously it wasn’t of much value.”
Taste: 3/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 4/10
Total score: 11/30
“Many of us are picky eaters and like me, only Yorkshire Tea will do.
“I had never considered trying any others before, but I actually found a few gems here.
“The M&S tea was delicious and much cheaper than I would have thought before doing this test.
“It’s great value for money. Lidl was the best value tea. My least favorites were Asda and Morrisons, but if you’re not picky there’s no harm in trying them considering the price.
“If you buy a box a week, swapping your Yorkshire Tea for Morrisons could save you £2.50 a week and £130 a year, which is an impressive saving.
“Choose my winner, M&S bags, and you’ll save £93.60 a year. The little savings add up.
“It’s definitely time to think about a change.”
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