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1662.  CATHERINE OF BRAGANZA INTRODUCES TEA TO ENGLAND

Tea was officially introduced to England by the young Portuguese wife of Charles II, Catherine of Braganza, in 1662. She served it to her aristocratic friends and soon tea became the fashionable drink of the day.

1684.  TWINING FAMILY MOVES TO LONDON

The Twining family originate from Gloucestershire where they held occupations as weavers and fulling millers. Despite their close ties with the countryside over many centuries, recession drove the family to London in 1684. Nine year old Thomas Twining who was going to be the founder of the tea business went with them. In London, he initially followed in his father's footsteps by taking up an apprenticeship with a London weaver. Attaining a trade was an essential to becoming a Freeman of the City of London - the key to any future business career. The ambitious young Thomas Twining became a Freeman in 1701 at the age of 26. By that time he had turned his back on weaving and was learning a new trade working for a wealthy merchant and handling some of the early shipments of tea.

1706.  THOMAS TWINING PURCHASES TOM'S COFFEE HOUSE

Thomas was fascinated by the possibilities offered by this fast-growing beverage. He learned well and quickly and by 1706 knew enough to strike out on his own. It was in that year he bought Tom's Coffee House on London's Strand and so began the world famous tea business.

The location of the shop was perfect. The coffeehouse straddled the border between Westminster and the City of London, an area that was newly populated with the aristocracy as a result of the Great Fire of London.

1707.  THOMAS TWINING OPENS THE GOLDEN LYON

In a time when coffee was king, one man, Thomas Twining, went against the tide to share his love of tea. His passion would turn a little-known drink into the nation’s favorite hot beverage.

Knowledge of tea gave Thomas Twining a competitive edge over other coffee houses. Despite high taxes and opposition from vested interests, the fashionable classes flocked to buy tea from Tom's Coffee House.

Competition between coffee houses was stiff. Fresh ideas and unusual promotional twists were what kept the business alive. The difference at Tom's was the tea.

Soon Thomas Twining was selling more dry tea than wet. He even sold it to competing coffee houses. But only the wealthy could afford to drink tea. In 1707, Twinings Gunpowder Green Tea sold for a price that is equivalent to £160 for 100g in today's money.

1717. THOMAS EXPANDS STRAND

By 1717, Thomas had acquired three adjacent houses and converted them to a shop. In those days there was no numbering but it was this house that is now number 216 Strand, the famous Twinings shop that exists today. This was probably the world's first dry tea and coffee shop. After 300 years, the Twinings shop on the Strand is better than ever before.

1741.  DANIEL TWINING TAKES OVER

By the time of his death, Thomas Twining was serving customers with royal connections. His son, Daniel was the first Twining to export tea. His ledgers show that in 1749, Twinings tea was being sold to America. The Governor of Boston was a customer. The Governor's tea seems to have got through without mishap. When, a few years’ later, American patriots’ dumped English tea in Boston harbour, a distinguished writer noted: “…it was not Twinings tea the Boston rebels tossed into the sea.” With success came expansion.

1762.  MARY TWINING

Another interesting heroine in the history of Twinings was Mary Twining née Little. She was married to Daniel Twining, son of Thomas. In 1762 when Daniel passed away, she took over and ran the business for 21 years until 1783. It was unusual in those days for a woman to run a business. At the time, taxation on tea peaked and a lot of tea was smuggled into the country from France and Holland where it wasn't taxed as much. In order to maximise their profits smugglers would adulterate the tea in order to turn 1kg of tea into 2kg.

1771. RICHARD TWINING

Richard Twining took over from his mother in 1771. Richard's knowledge of the tea trade was supreme. At a time when tea was high on the political agenda, his negotiating skills made him a natural choice for Chairman of the London Tea Dealers.

1784.  THE COMMUTATION ACT

As head of the tea trade, Richard had the ear of William Pitt, the Prime Minister. He argued persuasively that revenues would be greater from lower taxation. High levels of duty only served to encourage smuggling. Pitt listened and he acted. The Commutation Act of 1784 slashed tea taxes and at last made tea affordable to all. This marked the beginning of tea-drinking as part of everyday life and in that fact the tea revolution!

1787.  TWININGS CHOOSES ITS LOGO

In 1787 Richard Twining I., Thomas’s grandson, commissioned the entrance way which you can still see today. It depicts a golden lion and two Chinese men as well as the new Twinings logo. The lion is lying down which is interpreted as a sign of respect towards Richard’s grandfather Thomas, the founder of the business. The two Chinese to the left and the right if the lion represent the trade with China. For a very long time China was the only country of origin for tea. Today, it is the oldest commercial logo that has been in continuous use since it was made

1837. QUEEN VICTORIA MAKES TWININGS AN OFFICIAL ROYAL WARRANT HOLDER

In 1837, Queen Victoria granted Twinings its first Royal Warrant for tea – she appointed Twinings as supplier of teas to her household. Twinings has had the honour of supplying every successive British Monarch to date.

1910. TWININGS OPENS ITS FIRST SHOP IN FRANCE

1933. TWININGS FIRST BLENDS ITS FAMOUS ENGLISH BREAKFAST

1939.  TEA DURING THE WAR

When World War II broke out, neither bombs nor rationing could halt the flow of morale-boosting cups of Twinings tea. Tea-rationing, which had been introduced the year before, also failed to damage the business. Twinings continued to supply wartime Britain with tea. Twinings produced tea for Red Cross prisoner-of war parcels, for the Women's Voluntary Service, and for many YMCA wartime canteens.

1956.  TWININGS MAKES TEA BAGS FOR THE FIRST TIME

1972.  TWININGS BECOMES THE FIRST COMPANY TO WIN THE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR EXPORT

2004.  SAVE THE CHILDREN

In 2004 we started working with the fantastic charity Save the Children and 10 years later together we helped over ½ million children in tea growing communities. Find out more about how our work makes a social impact in the world.

2007.  TWININGS 300 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Twinings celebrates the 300th anniversary of English tea. The tenth representative of the Twining family, Stephen Twining, continues to work in the company at present.

“The philosophy of our company is quite simple,” he says, “we have dedicated ourselves to producing the highest quality tea and try to make it affordable for everyone.

Today, Twinings produces over 200 types of tea. The company is recognized as a world expert in tea blending. But before you get into your hands, Tea Twinings takes a long journey. The company's products are not just tea, but the result of a long search. Representatives of the company travel around the world in search of the best varieties of tea, then experts mix them up to get high-quality tea blends.

Discovery (Orange of Lady Grey)
Discovery (Orange of Lady Grey)
Brand: TWININGS

Наш “Orange of Lady Grey” из коллекции “Discovery” (обнаружение) – это прекрасный китайский чай с ароматом апельсина, лимона и бергамота, с добавлением лепестков василька.
 
Леди Грей - наш светлый, ароматный аналог Эрл Грея. Вдохновленные апельсиновыми садами великих старых английских домов - когда солнце светило сквозь их стеклянные панели, апельсины выдавали свой сладкий цитрусовый аромат. Наши Мастера по Смешиванию добавили оранжевый виток вкуса бергамоту и черной базе китайского чая, так что Вы сможете ощутить момент сладкого спокойствия; ободряющий оазис в самой середине дня.

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Discovery (Berry Blush Infusion)
Discovery (Berry Blush Infusion)
Brand: TWININGS

“Berry Blush Infusion”от нашей коллекции “Discovery” (Обнаружение) - это богатое сочетание фруктов и трав с превосходными ягодными ароматами.

Это смесь двух половин, в которых глубина вкуса и цвета встречаются с легким, вздымающимся вкусом. Наши Мастера по Смешиванию сочетают насыщенный, сладкий шиповник и африканский гибискус с яркими нотками черники, малины и черной смородины. Эффект состоит в том, чтобы
поднять вас и отправить Вас в путь.

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Discovery  (Golden Tipped English Breakfast)
Discovery (Golden Tipped English Breakfast)
Brand: TWININGS

Наш чай “Golden Tipped English Breakfast” - это крепкое сочетание премиальных «Ассам» листовых чаев, демонстрируемые добавлением тонких золотых верхушек.
 
Наши Мастера по Смешиванию стремились создать идеальный английский чай для завтрака - смесь, которая является сильной и мощной, но с утонченным округлым телом. Чай, который настраивает вас на целый день. Они смотрели высоко и низко (и далеко и широко), наконец, нашли его в золотых почках долиныАссам, в северо-восточной Индии. Результат - богатый и хмельной, со смелой глубиной вкуса.

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Discovery (London Strand Earl Grey)
Discovery (London Strand Earl Grey)
Brand: TWININGS

“London Strand Earl Grey” из нашей коллекции “Discovery” (обнаружение) изготовлен из китайского чая, ароматизированного смесью традиционного бергамота с изюминкой других цитрусовых ноток и добавлением лимонной цедры.
 
Если обеденное время не спешит и Вы в поисках приятного подъема, вы в отличной компании: 2-й
Эрл Грэй может направить Вас совершить небольшую прогулку по Темзе от Парламента до Твиннинга, чтобы забрать свой поднимающий настроение чай, созданный нашими Мастерами по Смешиванию, специально для Вас.
 
В этой смеси мы добавили солнечный витокцитрусовыхароматов и кожуры лимона в насыщенный
черный китайский чай и смесь бергамота, тем самым создав яркий чай, который вернет Ваш день.

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Earl Grey Organic
Earl Grey Organic
Brand: TWININGS

Не удивительно, что эта изысканная смесь покорила Эрл Грея в 19 веке с того момента, как он впервые попробовал его. 
 
Чай Twinings Earl Grey Organic – смесь высококачественных цейлонский и африканских чаев, выращенный по методу органического земледелия, т.е. без использования химических удобрений. Чай Twinings Organic отмечен знаком соответствия стандарту британской «Ассоциации по вопросам почвы» (Soil Association). Чтобы пройти органическую сертификацию, продукты должны соответствовать жестким стандартам. Документация по всем стадиям производственного процесса подается на рассмотрение по вопросам почвы – начиная от поставщиков сырья и заканчивая процессом упаковки чая и складами, где хранится чай. Затем Ассоциация по вопросам почвы проверяет основное производственное оборудование. Благодаря методу органического земледелия , сводящему к минимуму использование химикатов и время обработки продуктов, Twinings Organic имеет прекрасный вкус.

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English Breakfast Organic
English Breakfast Organic
Brand: TWININGS

Чай Twinings English Breakfast Organic – смесь высококачественных цейлонский и африканских чаев, выращенный по методу органического земледелия, т.е. без использования химических удобрений. Чай Twinings Organic отмечен знаком соответствия стандарту британской «Ассоциации по вопросам почвы» (SoilAssociation). Чтобы пройти органическую сертификацию, продукты должны соответствовать жестким стандартам. Документация по всем стадиям производственного процесса подается на рассмотрение по вопросам почвы – начиная от поставщиков сырья и заканчивая процессом упаковки чая и складами, где хранится чай. Затем Ассоциация по вопросам
почвы проверяет основное производственное оборудование. Благодаря методу органического земледелия , сводящему к минимуму использование химикатов и время обработки продуктов, TwiningsOrganicимеет прекрасный вкус..

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Pure Green Tea
Pure Green Tea
Brand: TWININGS

Pure Green Tea - зеленый байховый чай из Индонезии без добавок. Прекрасно утоляет жажду и придает бодрость в любое время дня.

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Lady Grey Tea
Lady Grey Tea
Brand: TWININGS

Lady Grey Tea - черный листовой китайский чай с маслом бергамота, цедрой лимона и апельсина. Чай «Twinings Lady Grey» - уникальная смесь, не имеющая аналогов. Идеален для употребления утром во время завтрака и после обеда. Его можно пить с небольшим количеством молока или без него.

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Упаковка: 25 пакетиков. 

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