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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.