Where there is tea

There’s an old World War two slogan that came to my attention yesterday. “Where there is tea there is hope.” attributed to English dramatist Arthur Wing Pinero from his play (Book?) ‘Sweet Lavender – a comedy in three acts’. Saw it first in the Churchill War Rooms, now it seems to be popping up everywhere. On souvenir mugs and teapots, on tee-shirts, fridge magnets, even in sermons. Like a modern interweb meme it seems to materialise in the most unexpected places. See below.

These are frustrating times. People do not do what they are asked and seem incapable of passing on messages correctly, or even performing simple tasks. This is something I often find, when tempted to hurl my laptop across our hotel room because for example the account I’ve been given to manage data has not been set up correctly. Even the most creative solution I’ve been able to come up with won’t work, so I am reduced to reverting to older, more tried and tested methods to get my job done on time. Getting things done has always been an important facet in my life, and to not be that way is incomprehensible. So with Parliament at present. Won’t have an election, won’t deliver on Brexit, in fact will do anything but do the job they were put in place to do.

In these times I always fall back on a morning cuppa to hit my reset button and restore my internal equilibrium before stepping up to meet the challenges of the day and emerge victorious. Well, not always, but I don’t give up without having a damn good go at it. If in a losing fight, it’s always useful to make sure that any aggressor gets the message that one is not to be trifled with lightly. A mug of what I call ‘builders’ tea (English breakfast with milk) always helps. No idea why. Perhaps there’s some obscure biochemical trigger within the blend which calms the emotions whilst stimulating the cognitive faculties? I do not know.

No other hot drink has such a restorative effect. Coffee leaves me buzzed but disorganised and those wishy washy herbal brews are little but flavoured hot water with no readily sensed benefit, yet a traditional English ‘cuppa’ can drag me out from under a metaphorical ton of rubble to fight another day. This is one of those unexplained mysteries of life which can lead to exchanges like;
“Sir, that building collapsed on you. Do You need to go to hospital?”
“No, I’m a bit beat up but I could really do with a cuppa.”

I know I’ve explored this topic before, but can anyone tell me which is the best? Is PG Tips the most efficacious or perhaps Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, or even your basic bog standard brew? Let us plumb the depths of one of life’s great mysteries together.

14 thoughts on “Where there is tea”

  1. Yorkshire tea here. I buy Supermarket own brand Assam or breakfast teas but Yorkshire tea has a better taste and colour. A proper builders tea for breakfast. I occasionally indulge in Lapsang Souchong which is a lovely light smokey tea for an afternoon brew.


  2. Our household is exclusively Yorkshire Tea – apart from the Chamomile/Hibiscus travesties which my wife occasionally favours. Personally, I do find the Yorkshire Gold is worth the extra few coppers, but ‘standard’ Yorkshire Tea beats pretty much everything else, in my opinion.


  3. Yorkshire Tea.

    I’m not sure if it’s worth paying a few pence extra for “Yorkshire Gold”, I’m no expert and normal and Gold taste the same to me.

    I just asked Mrs W and she said that Gold is slightly better.

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  4. I drink Tesco Basics (recently rebranded as Stockwells) tea. It’s about 50p for 80 or so bags and it tastes really good.
    We have PG Tips at work and I find it doesn’t brew as fast


  5. I doubt it’s the best, but it satisfies my taste buds: Tesco’s Finest Assam. available loose or in tea bags. I use tea bags because it’s easier.


        1. Possible gap in my liquid education there. Assam and Keemun are teas I tend to associate with Earl Grey and the like.

          So much for an ill spent youth on too many building sites.


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