Friday, August 01, 2008

TEA OF THE WEEK- TWININGS ENGLISH BREAKFAST

To pay a proper homage to MMM at Steamed Sponge, I wanted to feature a no frills delicious black tea for him this week. So, MMM, what do you say to a perfect cuppa Twinings English Breakfast Tea? This black tea is a robust, full- bodied, rich tea often served with hearty English breakfasts. The actual black tea blend found in "English Breakfast Tea" is usually a blending of teas such as Assam, Ceylon, Kenyan, and Keemun. The flavor of the tea has been described as having “light floral undertones (sometimes referred to as "coppery"). When blended with milk, it produces a comforting aroma eerily similar to warm toast and honey.” However, it is also enjoyed black with nothing added. Virtually any scone would pair well with English Breakfast.



Some brief back ground information on Twinings:

For many people, Twinings is the epitome of English Tea. Since its inception in 1706 the English Tea company has successfully blended an inexpensive high quality tea which can be found in over 100 different countries across the world. To discover more about the fascinating world of Twinings please visit The History of Twinings Tea Company. To learn more about the Twining family and their estate, Dial House, please visit The Twickenham Musem.

A fun tidbit to remember is that according to her former butler, Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite tea is Twinings Earl Grey. That just so happens to be my favorite as well so if it’s good enough for Ma’am, then it’s good enough for The Tea Society...

12 comments:

willow said...

Ummm....this is one of my faves. I like my tea rich and dark. Interesting background!

LL said...

Oh Rebecca I love English Breakfast tea! Although I can't recall if I've ever had the Twinings English Breakfast. I certainly love the Twinings Darjeeling. As for Earl Grey, its right up there on my favourites too....and I see I'm in some mighty fine company in that...

LL said...

Fun to catch up here! BTW, I like your new "photo"....very dainty....and its been a pleasure listening to the music here....and in fact I think I'll stick around till this lovely Chopin concludes...

Betsy said...

One of my favorites, too....just a classic, beautiful cup of black tea. Yum! :)

Dee Dee said...

Rebecca..I served this at my brunch yesterday :)a lovely tea...enjoyed the bit of history...
Have a grand weekend..

Marie Antionette said...

This sounds like a very good tea.I'll have to get my daughter to brew it for me.She's very big on tea.I love the infro on this tea also.Very interesting. Hugs Marie Antionette

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

Rebecca, I didn't realise Twinings had been around for so long! They must be one of a few companies with that kind of longevity. I love those old adverts too - what a cute little car! Hope you're having a great weekend!
~Kalianne

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

Rebecca, you look like you've just stepped from a 20's film set! Your bob is gorgeous and I see how well a cloche is suited to this hair style. I love your new avatar too -you look stunning in the suit and hat! The history of cloches is very fascinating -you have a lovely collection. With summer around the corner, investing in some pretty hats is not a bad idea...
~Kalianne

Rebecca said...

Kalianne, you're so kind....I was definitely born in the wrong time period...From the pictures I've seen of you, I think it's safe to say that you would look great in hats.

Rebecca said...

Everyone, it is a good strong tea that is great in the morning and afternoon...It pairs well with most any food and is very satisfying...Enjoy!

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

Oh Rebecca, sometimes I think the same..if only I'd been born a few decades earlier!

Blog Princess G said...

Thank you for this post. Twinings Earl Grey has been my favourite for years - it's not too Bergamotty, if you know what I mean. But since I've had to give up caffeine, I now have the decaffeinated variety. I'm just grateful they make one! I'm so glad I got to catch up on your blog today, it's always a pleasure.