Oh… HELLO Twinings! Everyone that knows me, knows full well the only tea I drink is Twinings! There’s no better tea brand in the world! Yeah I said it! Anyhow, I took a wee overdue trip to Westfield London, where I stumbled across a Twinings pop up shop selling all kinds of old and new teas, including gift sets and even tea making bits from Bodum.
You know the ones that make the best tea and coffee making products? Yeah, them!
On tap is also a tea kitchen where you can test out some of their ‘non store’ teas. And guess who took a seat for a while?
Well yes me of course. I told them about my obsession and how I’ve moved from English Breakfast to Assam loose tea (it was by accident, but was a blessing in disguise), yea anyway the guy guided me through the newer exclusive teas based on my general taste and I was recommended the Brazilian or Kenyan blend and was asked if I wanted to sample both.
He brewed up two pots in special Bodum glassware and both were served in ceramic espresso cups… tres posh!!!
On first look I knew instantly which one I knew I’d prefer just based on the colour. I like my teas dark and non see-through. The brazilian one was medium to dark, whereas the Kenyan was full on dark and rich.
The taste of the Kenyan one was AH-MAYZING! I was offered milk but I can only use skimmed so I tried it black which was fine as I got the proper taste.
The Kenyan was rich and smooth but the Brazilian one was a tad too weak for me even though it’s stronger than English Breakfast. Plus the Kenyan leaves were more solid which is my overall preference… less messy.
There was a ton of different Bodum teapots to buy, from the small one cups to the large family sized pots. Apparently the stainless steel filters are ‘better’ than the plastic ones but I don’t know if they’re available for the smaller pots.
The best part was the ‘take 10 for £1.50′, where you could choose any 10 loose teabags for £1.50. A great chance to try teas you’ve never had, or just stock up on a variety of teas for the home/office.
I got myself 10 different teas and a large packet of the Kenyan blend! Oh and I got a couple of Jubilee teabags thrown in for free, plus a nice Twinings paper bag to carry it all home in.
On a final note… take a look at this rarity… It’s at least 20 years old and apparently hasn’t lost it’s taste. Cool or what?