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Tetley Tea: an intro

When it comes to the biggest and most well-known tea brands, few have a reputation and history to match Tetley Tea. For nearly 200 years, Tetley has been a name associated with quality. Some argue that they are an inferior brand, simply due to the sheer volume of tea they manufacture and distribute yearly, but their popularity is nonetheless largely unchallenged. They are a brand respected for maintaining a high-quality product on the mass production level. Their price range could be described as being somewhere in the middle among the top tea brands.

Naturally, with a company such as this, you will find a compelling history. Just to give you a sense of how immense this business is, they are currently distributing sixty branded teabags to forty countries around the world. That is a heck of a lot of tea!

And the story begins over 183 years ago. It is a story that can include the benefits of drinking Tetley’s products, as well as the range of possibilities that are available to you. If you have never really paid attention to tea until recently, Tetley is one of the top companies you will want to check out in greater depth and detail.


The true story of Tetley Tea opens around 1822. It was at this point that the brothers Edward and Joseph Tetley began making and selling their own tea. Although the endeavor started off humbly enough, it quickly grew in popularity among Yorkshire tea drinkers. By 1837, their venture was successful to the point of becoming an official company, known as Joseph Tetley; Co. From this, the brothers eventually moved the company to London. This occurred in 1856, with the company henceforth becoming Joseph Tetley; Company, Wholesale Tea Dealers. To this day, although the company is now owned by the India-based Tata Global Beverages, its headquarters is still located in London.

As far as many British citizens are concerned, Tetley is a distinctively English brand. Nonetheless, their popularity and products can be found all over the world. It is worth noting that Tetley was the first company to use tea bags in the United Kingdom, which occurred in 1953. The company is also well-known these days for offering a rounded teabag, which continues to be an element that sets them apart from their many competitors. This happened in 1989.

In the present, Tetley is a powerhouse name and brand. They are as recognizable to consumers around the world as Twinings and Bigelow. It would be almost impossible to list and describe the full range of products they offer to their customers. Arguably, the company’s two most popular offerings would be their black teas and green teas. In terms of black tea alone, you have a list of products that includes Classic Blend, Black; Green Tea, British Blend, Orange Pekoe, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and many others. Furthermore, in addition to its original Green Tea blend, the company also offers green teas that have been combined with fruits and various additional vitamins.

The company’s overall product range can be broken down accordingly:


  • Hot Black Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Caffeine-free and Decaffeinated
  • Super Teas
  • Globally-Inspired Teas
  • Iced Teas
  • Herbal Teas
  • Specialty Teas
  • Variety Packs
  • Accessories


In other words, regardless of what you might be interested in, tea-wise, you will almost certainly be able to find it underneath the Tetley umbrella. It could be said that this is one of the most appealing benefits to this company. Another would have to be the company’s continued dedication to using natural ingredients and processing methods, which would explain why their tea continues to receive largely-positive reviews over the past several decades.


Obviously, this is something that can vary from one product to the next. For example, if you look at any box of their ever-popular Classic Blend, you will find that “Black Tea” is the only ingredient actually listed. In terms of quality, the company has rarely received anything but favorable reviews for just about everything they have to offer.

The listed ingredients for their Orange Pekoe, another example of their black tea products, also highlights the company’s dedication to simplicity in what they do and in what they offer. At the same time, they also offer a wide range of products to suit tastes and needs. Their decaffeinated teas utilize the ethyl acetate process. This is a solvent which combines vinegar acid with ethyl alcohol. A combination of water and steam is generally used to correctly moisten the leaves of the teas. Keep in mind that decaffeination is not the same as caffeine-free, which refers to products that never had caffeine to begin with. The decaffeination process leaves approximately four to six milligrams of caffeine in the blend. The original caffeine content is roughly forty-five milligrams. Whether or black tea or green tea, the full caffeine content does not exceed fifty milligrams.

In terms of ingredients being safe and beneficial to consume, the company has a stellar reputation. Furthermore, everything they do in their manufacturing process is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in addition to other regulatory bodies and organizations around the world.


This is also something that can vary from one product to the next. Nonetheless, in terms of their main green or black tea offerings, you have a range of benefits that are inherent in teas that have been properly prepared. It is also obviously important to follow all associated directions with boiling water, steeping the tea, and so forth.

So, for example, with their black teas, you can look forward to the following established black tea benefits:

  • Powerful antioxidant properties.
  • The potential to improve or even boost your heart health.
  • The ability to lower the presence of bad cholesterol in the human body.
  • The chance to improve your overall blood pressure, which in turn can reduce the likelihood of things like strokes and heart attacks.
  • The ability to lower your blood sugar levels.
  • The potential to fight various types of cancer.
  • Improved oral and bone health.
  • An invigorating start to the day.

For those who have a sensitivity to caffeine, or simply don’t care for it, Tetley offers several viable alternatives.

Many of the benefits listed above can also be found in their green teas. However, there are also benefits that are entirely unique to Tetley green teas, which are available in several different forms. This includes improved brain health. Many believe that with its lower caffeine content, as well as other factors, green tea has more to offer than black tea. Ultimately, that will be for you to decide.

It is also worth noting that Tetley features a range of herbal and wellness teas. Each of these teas are designed with a specific benefit or goal in mind. For example, the company sells teas that are specifically made to promote a healthier metabolism. There are also teas that boost immunity, improve overall skin health, and much more. The reviews for these teas, in terms of both flavor and potency, have been extremely positive for the most part.

Side Effects

There are not any significant side effects associated with any Tetley tea products. However, certain reactions can still occur. For example, if your body isn’t used to certain ingredients in certain teas, you may experience some very mild diuretic stress, or perhaps slight headaches. On the other hand, those with a more pronounced sensitivity to caffeine may experience these side effects more severely. This can be particularly true with the headaches.

Furthermore, consuming too much caffeine, in general, can cause a range of health problems, including enhanced anxiety, sleeplessness, and depression. Keep in mind that such symptoms are extremely rare in what could be described as normal consumption (2-5 cups a day, depending on cup size and other factors) of the Tetley products which contain amounts of caffeine.


This is another area in which the instructions can naturally vary from one product to the next. Tetley sells tea in teabag form only. The directions are fairly consistent, but there are natural differences between green teas, red teas, black teas, and so forth. All of their hot teas (the company offers products designed to be made into iced tea, as well) require boiling water.

The steeping time varies from one tea to the next. Generally speaking, the time will likely be anywhere between three and seven minutes. The actual time can also vary according to the specific tastes of the individual, as well.


Tetley tea is certainly a good example of a large company that continues to prove itself capable of delivering a quality product. While there are certainly arguments for brands some perceive to be superior, the general consensus is that Tetley more often than not offers a very good cup of tea at a very reasonable price.

For those who are just beginning to explore drinking tea, including the health benefits of drinking tea, Tetley will likely be one of the first companies you research in greater detail. Their reputation after nearly two hundred years of existence is very well-deserved indeed.