When I heard that Stephen Twining--a 10th generation Twining who has worked in the family business for over 30 years--was coming to town to introduce their new line of premium teas, I HAD TO BE THERE!
The pretty Easter-themed tea display.Twinings' classic and new tea products appeal to both the British royalty and modern tea drinkers across the globe. You can read about the London-based tea company's 300-year-old history here.
According to Stephen, their new Discovery Collection gives tea drinkers the "best of both worlds"--large tea leaves in silky pyramid-shaped bags.
Sample #1: Exotic Mango & Ginger Green Tea
This was a very nice light tea with a "full, plump flavour of mango" and a subtle hint of ginger.
Sample #2: Berry Blush Infusion
This fruit infusion was a mix of "jammy berry flavours": blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. It would also make a great iced tea in warmer weather.
Sample #3: Golden Tipped English Breakfast
This strong black tea from the Assam region in northeast India will definitely get you moving in the morning!
As the Director of Public Relations for Twinings Tea, Stephen still gets "a great buzz" introducing new teas that bring pleasure to people's lives. Even though the Twining family is regarded as royalty in the tea world, Stephen was humble and affable, chatting with attendees and and graciously granting requests for photos and autographs.
In addition to meeting Stephen, I also had the fun opportunity to watch his interview with local cable TV personality, Steve Ruddick. Click on the above video to view the 7-minute interview which covered topics such as: quality control of Twinings tea in over 100 countries; differences in countries' tea preferences; how to brew the perfect cup of tea; when to add milk and/or sugar; loose leaf vs. bagged teas.
I have a penchant for unique tea flavours so a box of Exotic Mango and Ginger Green Tea signed by Stephen came home with me. I love the new packaging's pretty design and drawer-style box!
I also couldn't resist getting a signed tin of the classic Earl Grey Tea.
I'm beyond grateful that I was able to participate in this memorable Twinings Tea experience!
What is your favourite Twinings tea?
I'm joining the following parties this week: