Twinings English Breakfast Tea, 英式早餐茶, Yīng Shì Zǎo Cān Chá
Best Before: 13.07.2023; var. Assamica blend (Kenya, Malawi, Assam, Indonesia, China); Prod. Poland; Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings (BOPF) in folded paper bag without metal staple, black tea process; elev. unknown. #TodaysTea, #今天的茶, #JīnTiāndeChá.
Infusion: 2.07g for 2-3min. in 375ml@100deg. C.
Opinion: Twinings of London’s history as a tea supplier and blender goes back to 1706. It certainly has a reputation for “premium” tea for a premium price, yet it is also a flagship target, in the battle against, “teabag tea” by traditional or orthodox tea producers, and proponents of whole leaf, single origin teas.
Is such a situation fair? Absolutely! Especially when its tea bag offerings hit the store shelves at more than twice the price of its competition, without noticeable difference in quality either in packaging, or in the cup.
There is no doubt that this tea is convenient, but in spite it occupying a pedestal for my entire life, to date, there is nothing about it to recommend its place there, other than open faced, shameless, bragging rights that one is happy to waste money, on nothing more than a brand name. Luxury in name only, unfortunately.