Britain exports tea to over 120 different countries around the world. The English tea industry has several big selling brands like Tetley, Typhoo, Brooke Bond P.G. Tips, and Twinings to name a few. There are over 1,500 different types of tea blends, with the English Breakfast blend, which is a mixture of Ceylon and Assam tea leaves, and Earl Grey, which is black China and Darjeeling tea leaves treated with citrus oil of bergamot, being two of the more distinctive English tea blends that are now sold.
A loose tea called Pre-Gest-Tee was introduced to Britain in the 1930s and was soon called "PG" by consumers. PG Tips lead the industry by introducing the tea bag in the 1960s, and in the 1980s their tea bag began being sold with string and tag attached for ease of brewing. PG Tips tea now comes in pyramid shaped tea bags, which allow for the tea leaves to brew better. PG also sells decaffeinated, loose, one-cup bags, instant freeze dried tea, and special blend tea. According to PG tips' website, their special blend has a delicate balance and rounded character that comes form the finest tips of tea plants from Ceylon and Kenya.
Typhoo Tea Limited
Typhoo tea was establish in the United Kingdom in 1903. Typhoo Tea Ltd. was the first brand to sell packaged tea and by 1960 it had become the brand leader in Britain. Typhoo tea brands include Heath and Heather Infusions which sells herbal infused teas, London Fruit & Herb, Ridgways Tea, Red Mountain Coffee, Lift Instant Tea, Glengettie Tea which is a favourite in Wales, Fresh Brew Tea, and Melrose's Quality Teas from Scotland.
Taylors of Harrogate
Taylors of Harrogate was founded in 1886. It is a family owned business that has a long history of environmental campaigning. They sell black, green, white, oolong, and herbal and fruit infusion teas. Their Black tea blends include Irish Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey, Lemon & Orange, China Rose Petal Leaf, and Afternoon Darjeeling. Their fruit infusion herbal tea blends include Organic Pure Rooibos, Raspberry & Vanilla, Blackberry & Elderberry, Organic Peppermint, Organic Chamomile, and Organic Lemon Rooibos. Green, white, and oolong tea varieties include Green Jasmine Leaf, Imperial Gunpowder, Moroccan Mint, Good Luck Green, and Green Tea flavoured with peach, passionfruit, or lemon infusions.
Twinings tea company started in 1706 and as of November 2, 2010, they sell over 86 different types of tea to more than 100 countries across the globe. Twinings has a wide variety of teas, from everyday breakfast blends to speciality blends like Yunna and Keemun, and even fruit and herbal infusions.
Harrisons and Crosfield Limited
Created in the tradition of the Classic English Tea Merchants, Harrisons and Crosfield Ltd.'s mission is to acquire the highest quality teas and flavourings in the industry. H&C teas are sold in organic and non-organic, pyramid nylon bags, tagged teabags, English style tag-less bags, loose leaf cartons, black, green, white teas as well as herbals and decaffeinated bends.