Fresh wa­ter’s key for cuppa

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

At last Porirua has the an­swer to that age-old dilemma – is it proper to drink earl grey tea with milk, le­mon or noth­ing at all?

Stephen Twin­ings, a 10thgen­er­a­tion mem­ber of the British Twin­ings tea fam­ily, was in Porirua last week pro­mot­ing a tai­lored New Zealand blend of earl grey.

Milk and le­mon are both ac­cept­able in earl grey – it’s all down to the pref­er­ence of the tea drinker, Mr Twin­ings says. ‘‘It’s your cup of tea.’’ He per­son­ally draws the line at su­gar, how­ever.

Last Novem­ber Mr Twin­ings toured New Zealand with four new va­ri­eties of earl grey, al­low­ing Ki­wis to se­lect their favourite. An orange blos­som flavour was the clear win­ner, beat­ing out laven­der, le­mon and a dou­ble-dose berg­amot flavour.

The new flavour is the sec­ond Twin­ings has tai­lored to Kiwi tastes – the com­pany in­tro­duced a New Zealand break­fast blend a cou­ple of years ago. New Zealand is prob­a­bly the only coun­try of our size to have such per­son­alised tea blends, Mr Twin­ings says.

‘‘Per capita you’re in the premier league of tea drinkers.’’

Kiwi blend: Twin­ings am­bas­sador Stephen Twin­ings, far right, vis­ited Porirua New World last week to launch a New Zealand tai­lored earl grey blend. Help­ing pro­mote the blend were mas­ter tea taster Matt Greenwood and su­per­mar­ket co-owner Ash­ley Chester.

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