Supermarket teas top taste tests

Tea experts sipped their way through more than 36 different teas to uncover the perfect brew in a recent Which? taste test. So before you pop the kettle on, here are the results:

English breakfast tea bags

The top tea bags for English breakfast teas were from supermarket own-brand ranges, with Morrisons M English Breakfast and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference English Breakfast (Fairtrade) being awarded the joint highest score of 80%. Both teas were rated highly for their classic full-bodied flavour and, respectively, only cost 2p and 3p a bag.

Whittard English Breakfast Tag & Envelope came bottom of the English Breakfast standard tea bags, with a score of 50%. It was among the priciest English breakfast teas tested at 15p per bag. One expert described the tea as tasting "like old cabbage"!

Earl Grey tea bags

Aldi's Diplomat Earl Grey topped the taste test for Earl Grey standard tea bags with a score of 78%, for its well-balanced, warm, citrus flavour, and costs only 2p per bag. Duchy Originals from Waitrose had the lowest score of 38%, and costs 8p per bag.

Mesh pyramid bags

Separately, Which also tested premium mesh pyramid tea bags for both English breakfast and Earl Grey, which are more expensive at around 30p per bag. The best performing ones - Teapigs Everyday Brew (27p a bag), Whittard English Breakfast (32p a bag) and Whittard Flowery Eary Grey (32p a bag) - did only slightly better than the other teas tested.

Tea pods

Designed to be used with coffee machines, Twinings tea pods from Tassimo and Dualit’s new Fine Tea capsules (for Dualit and Nespresso machines) didn’t score as well as real tea bags from supermarkets and were much pricier at 20-30p per pod.

Richard Headland, Which? editor said: "Our taste test revealed a big difference in the quality of English Breakfast and Earl Grey teas.  With some of the best teas costing just a few pence per bag, and supermarket own-brands beating luxury brands, it shows you don’t need to spend a lot to get a great cup of tea."

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