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I just bought a box of 216 No Name tea bags

Will I regret my decision?  The last time I bought No Name tea was in university a decade ago.  But I’m venturing down that road again to see if tea is one of those products for which brand-name makes a qualitative difference.

To my recollection, my mom would purchase No Name products on a regular basis (I didn’t have a “real” Pop Tart until after I was married*) in order to save money, but she always bought Red Rose tea.  Always.

Tea is a big deal for me, folks, so I could regret this decision for months to come.

This won’t make it better if the tea sucks, but both the No Name tea and the President’s Choice (pseudo-brand-name) new “premium” teas are prepared and packaged by Loblaws.  In fact, the graphic explaining how to make a pot or cup of tea is more or less the same on both packages.  I’m guessing that the PC “premium” tea is a rebranding of the No Name** product (I once heard/read somewhere that PC film is made by Fuji).  Not that that means anything.

And what is “premium” tea anyway, when all tea comes from the same plant?  It’s the blend, I think, which makes the difference.

I’ve removed the bags from the packaging and put them in the unmarked glass containers which previously housed Red Rose tea bags.  Maybe without the visual reminder my brain won’t notice the difference (if indeed there is any).

We shall see.***

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*Pilcrow to the first person to tell me what I was thinking after I wrote that sentence.

**It’s obvious, but anyone else enjoy the irony in naming a product “No Name”?

***My apologies, dear friends. I don’t have the time or willpower to write anything of substance these days.