Twinings is so popular today that if I left the page blank, it would be pretty much the same.
Well, not really, I was just saying. 🙂
But, let’s get serious.
When you see a twinings’ tea on the shelves of a supermarket you can’t avoid thinking about England, you’re even able to picture a traditional, old-fashioned image of it: maybe a nice lady having tea in a nice room, in her nice victorian dresses…
Anyway, Twinings was founded by Thomas Twinings almost a century before Queen Victoria went to the throne, in 1706. Anciently, it all started with a tea room situated in the Strand of London; it was only later, in 1787, that it became a real enterprise, from production to distribution, and even one of the most famous in the reign.
Twinigs is also reknown to be the first creating the most famous varieties of tea:
- The “Earl Gray” wasn’t really invented by Twinings, but it was the first producing it; the Earl Grey, which was Prime Minister at that time, saved a chinese Mandarin, who gratefully gifted him a tea blend and the recipe to prepare it: just the same we still drink today!
- The “Prince of Wales” was created for Edward, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in 1921; unfortunatly, when he became king as Edward VIII, Twinings couldn’t sell it anymore in Englad due to the rules of the Royal Warrant, so now it can only be found outside the country!
- The “Lady Grey” is a delicate, fragrant variation on the more famous Earl Grey blend. It consists of black tea scented with oil of bergamot, lemon and orange. As you can easily imagine it’s named after Earl Grey’s wife, Mary Elizabeth.
Today Twinings can be proud for being an holder of a Royal Warrant and for being one of the most selled brand of tea worldwide.
Sipping a nice cup of “Lady Grey”, Roberta wishes you a good brew too! 😉