Here in England, tea is something we take very seriously. It’s pretty much a cure for everything: tiredness, illness, sadness, thirst. You name the occasion and you can almost guarantee that any true brit will ask the eternal question, ‘shall I make us some tea?’
I’m one of these people that cannot function before my morning cuppa. I have also found that as an undergrad and nowadays when I’m working hard/on deadline, the number of cups of tea I drink is in direct correlation to my productivity levels. The greater the number of cups = the greater the number of words written. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about Victory Tea; the premise of their brand is the more tea you buy, the cheaper it is. They’re an online company from Newcastle who are trying to cut out the middleman by allowing people to buy straight from them rather than from the supermarket. They also have pretty nifty packaging, don’t they? I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover and that, but I totally do and I’m a complete sucker for anything that’s nicely presented. I can’t help but notice too that it’s very relevant to the recent influx of all things English what with all the fuss that the jubilee and Olympics are causing.
Now back to the tea.. in casa de Layford (much like the majority of the country), we are massive tea drinkers. I asked Mammy L earlier how many cuppas she thought she averaged a day and she reckoned about 12.. mine is probably something similar, although definitely more on the nights that I’m working at Morethan… it’s too easy when you work in an office with a free drinks machine.
Since we’re a family of tea drinkers, when I got my little trial box from Victory Tea of course my mother and younger brother, Phil wanted to help out. Cue three mugs of steaming milky goodness. Not that you can see from the photo, but Mammy Layford (bird cup) likes her tea to resemble milky water so she’s not the greatest authority on what tea actually tastes like. However, she did give the thumbs up for the freshness of the teabags due to their clever foil packets. Unlike cheap teabags, Victory Tea is vacuum packed pretty much straight after being picked to seal in the taste. In my opinion it means that the tea tastes quite a lot stronger than other brands where the teabags aren’t individually packaged. It also means that if you like builder’s tea then you don’t need to brew it all day to get a decent colour. On the other hand, if you prefer your cuppa weak like Mammy L, you can reuse the teabag without comprising on flavour. But like I said she really does just drink hot, milky water. Still two cups of tea out of one bag is economising by anyone’s standards.
Verdict from the Layford household? Excellent tea and gorgeous packaging. Winning all round. Well done to the Victory Tea-m.