Look What I Found
PG Tips! Yay!
It's just the tea bag form. No high-brow brew or anything. But when I was living in England, it was always cheap, dependable PG Tips. I love that rich terra-cotta color you get when you splash just a bit of milk into a hot cup of tea made from this stuff.
And this is my first cup in years. Ahh, the smell, the taste--definitely brought back a few memories, most involving gloomy weather. Which is befitting considering the stupid sun has apparently gone into hiding despite Typhoon 22 being long gone.
As when comparing any product sold in Japan with its overseas counterpart, this little box of 40 seemed rather miniscule but was all that was available. I remember boxes of tea in UK being much much bigger. I used to love opening a new box, and seeing all those (maybe, hundreds of??) tea bags neatly lined up, row after row, like soft little aromatic soldiers; and that first dusty waft of tea rising up--hmmm, nice! Anyhow, my PG Tips discovery was made in that store in the Ebisu train station that sells a lot of imported food stuff.
And that's the sad truth, everyone. I have to go to a specialty store to find PG Tips. Ah well, at 450 yen (approximately), and thus being comparable in price to the much more common--ugh--Lipton ("ugh" because in my opinion, Lipton tea bags taste like hot water with bitter red dye), I will happily keep going to Ebisu to get my fix of PG Tips!
I leave you with a steamy shot of my first brewing cuppa (yet unstirred):
Recent update: Sadly, it seems PG Tips was not well received in that particular store in Ebisu--or anywhere in Tokyo, as my fruitless searches seems to imply--because I've been back a few times but PG Tips...isn't there! Alas, that's the way it is with imported goods in Japan.