- A dispute on Twitter erupted after people asked what their favourite tea brand is
- An overwhelming number agree on a British teabag that makes for the best brew
- However, many people condemned the teabag brand, labelling it as ‘overrated’
For a nation of tea drinkers, there can be nothing more satisfying to the average Brit than a piping hot brew.
But it is far more complicated than the simple combination hot water and a teabag… as one radio DJ discovered after unwittingly sparking a public rift over which brand is best.
Absolute Radio host Andy Bush, from Bristol, sparked the debate on X, formerly, Twitter, on November 11, prompting almost 1,500 users to share their thoughts.
Uploading a teapot GIF, Bush wrote: ‘We have used the same tea brand for ages in our house and are thinking of changing it up. Just out of curiosity what do you think is the best tea?’.
Hundreds of X users flocked to reply, sharing their brand of their choice. But responses soon turned sour with followers condemning others’ brands as ‘overrated’ and even ‘the Heinz baked beans of the teabag world’.
Honouring a brand they’ve become loyal to over the years, one person answered: ‘We have Ringtons Gold. A nice man comes round once a month with a huge basket of various teas, coffees and biscuits.’
Another individual answered, ‘Clipper everyday tea. Fairtrade and delicious,’ while another wrote, ‘Twinings English Breakfast whatever time of day.’
Surprisingly, the majority of respondents appeared to share the same level of fondness for one particular brand: Yorkshire Tea.
One person answered, ‘Yorkshire tea,’ while another wrote, ‘Yorkshire gold or Aldis Assam tea. Proper robust brew.’
A fellow Yorkshire Tea fan commented, ‘Once you’ve tried it, there’s no going back! #Yorkshire Tea,’ while another said, ‘Yorkshire Tea (daily) Tea Pig (treat).’
However, many people disputed the idea of Yorkshire Tea taking the top spot, with one person writing: ‘I’ve always felt Yorkshire Tea is overrated.’
Another agreed, commenting: ‘As an aside, I have absolutely no idea why Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold Tea get the love they do. They just have nothing going on for them over and above far cheaper brands.’
Taking a further swipe, the person added: ‘I feel they are the Heinz baked beans of the teabag world.’
Responding under the comment, an individual wrote, ‘I very much agree with the first bit, no idea what the fuss is, I presume it’s just marketing,’ while another said, ‘Agree totally I’m a Yorkshire gal and don’t touch the stuff it’s disgusting.’
Some X users, however, pointed out that there is no definitive winner in the debate, as the water used in different areas across the UK can affect the outcome of a brew.
One person wrote: ‘That’s a question best asked locally, as the water affects the flavour. Something that tastes good in a soft water area might not be further south.’
In September, it was reported how thousands of Brits were further divided over which shade was the acceptable colour for the ‘perfect’ cup of tea.