- The tea leaf is referred to as a "tippy, golden, broken orange pekoe, which is typical of Assam teas
- A special and unique blend by Twinings from the finest 2nd flush Assam teas from the rich flood plains of the Brahmaputra river in India
- It refers to the grade of leaf, which is a whole leaf with golden tips.
For those that prefer to avoid caffeine, it's perfect with milk (and a touch of sugar can enhance the flavours) for a thoroughly British afternoon tea!
Naturally decaffeinated black tea from the Brahmaputra River flood plains of India.
This is an exclusive blend that deserves careful preparation - here are our tips:
- Use freshly drawn cold water
- Use water at a “rolling boil” (100?C)
- For best results – use a teapot! Use 1 teaspoon of tea per person and 1 for the pot (or 1 spoon in a cup with a strainer)
- Steep for 3 to 5 minutes (or to your taste) - as a rule: the bigger the leaf, the slower the brew
- Best with a splash of milk
… and for freshness every time, keep your tea somewhere cool, dark, dry and airtight!
At Twinings, we want people to be able to drink our tea without worrying about the welfare of the people who picked it.
That's why Twinings is committed to ethical tea sourcing, and we believe it is our responsibility and that of all tea companies to:
• buy from tea estates where social and environmental standards are at an acceptable level; and
• try, with the means we have available, to work with tea estates, their communities and other stakeholders to improve standards.
Since the size and scale of tea manufacturing is so huge, Twinings believes that the best way to improve conditions is at an industry level, which is why we are a member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP).
The goal of the Ethical Tea Partnership is to ensure that all of the teas its members buy are being produced in a socially responsible way. Members include many of the world's best-known tea companies.
The ETP continually monitors 6 areas of estate life: employment (including minimum age and minimum wage), education, maternity, health and safety, housing, and basic rights. They also provide remedial advice and support to achieve these standards which are based on the UK Ethical Trading Initiative and the International Labour Organisation conventions.
Black tea, just like green tea, comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
- After plucking, the leaves are laid on drying trays & withered to remove some moisture and make more pliable
- The leaves are then rolled and laid out and a heady mixture of warm air, aromatic juices, bacteria & enzymes leads to oxidation (a natural reaction that affects strength & colour)
- Oxidation is stopped by firing (with hot air) when the leaves are the right (brown) colour depending on the region
- The leaves turn black as they dry
... and finally, are sorted or graded by size
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