Our most popular English tea in the UK for over 75 years has its first name and it was “Pre-Gest-Tee”.
Do you know why it is called “Pre-Gest-Tee”? When Arthur Brooke first introduced it in the UK market back to the 1930s, it is called “Pre-Gest-Tee” means predinner digestive aid.
It was soon abbreviated to “PG” by grocers and salesman. The company added “Tips” to highlight the fact that it is made from the top two leaves and a bud of the tea plant.
Another fun fact: Did you know that the teabag was just accidentally invented? It was back then when Thomas Sullivan, a New York tea merchant, gave customers tea samples packed in a small silk bag.
The people did not know they are supposed to remove the bag. They popped the whole thing straight to their teapot and the teabag was born.