Twinings Tea

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

twinings history

 

For us, tea is more than just a drink. It's been part of our daily lives and that of generations of tea lovers for over 300 years.

Our story started in 1706. Back then, the most popular drinks in England were coffee, gin and ale - even at breakfast! Although tea had been drunk in China for thousands of years, it had only just been imported to England, and lots of people were suspicious of it.

One man who was sure that it would be big was a certain Thomas Twining. Having had enough of drinking ale in the morning, he started selling tea from his coffee house on London's Strand, promising only to sell the finest qualities and varieties. His pledge soon won him (and his tea) lots of fans - including Jane Austen and Charles II. By the 1750s, tea was the most popular drink among the working classes. Despite anger from pub owners and increased tea taxes, Thomas Twining kept selling tea - now from The Golden Lyon, the very first tea shop in London.

HISTORICAL MOMENTS

1787: Twinings chooses its logo. 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

1910: Twinings opens its first shop in France

1933: Twinings first blends its famous English Breakfast

1956: Twinings makes tea bags for the first time

1972: Twinings becomes the first company to win the Queen's Award for Export

TWININGS TODAY

More than 300 years later, the passion for tea is still here - and so are we. We still sell tea from Thomas's shop, and we still work hard to bring new blends to tea lovers. Now, we have over 100 varieties and our teas are drunk all over the world.

Our expert blenders (we've got more of them than any other company) taste more than 3,000 cups of tea every week. So you can be sure the next cup you taste will be every bit as good as the one yesterday or the day before.

So far, ten generations of the Twining family have been there to watch it all happen, from the creation of our famous English Breakfast blend to supplying tea to the Red Cross for food parcels during the war. In fact, Stephen Twining still works for his family's company, helping to make sure Thomas's promise is never broken. 

 

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  • Blackcurrant and Vanilla 20 teabags
    Blackcurrant and Vanilla 20 teabags

    Best Before ;

    A blackcurrant and vanilla flavoured infusion with ginseng

    Enjoy Twinings Infusions as part of a balanced, varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.

    Naturally caffeine free with all natural ingredients*
    *All our herbs…

    € 4,25
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    Every Day Teabags 100's
    Every Day Teabags 100's

    Best Before; 1-2018.

    € 9,60 € 9,25
  • Twinings  Classics  20 Teabags
    Twinings Classics 20 Teabags

    Best Before; 28-12-2017.

    A selection of our delicious range of black teas: English Breakfast; Earl Grey, English Strong Breakfast Tea, Assam,

    € 4,50
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    Twinings  Smoky Lapsang Souchong 20 teabags
    Twinings Smoky Lapsang Souchong 20 teabags

    Best Before; end august 2018.

    They say smells and tastes can conjure up memories in an instant. Well, we say there isn't a scent or flavour more distinctive than Lapsang Souchong. It's all down to the pinewood smoke that…

    € 4,99 € 4,10
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    Twinings Assam  40  Teabags.
    Twinings Assam 40 Teabags.

    A deep amber tea with a rich and malty character

    Best Before; september 2018.

    A strong Indian tea with a rich malty character - perfect at any time of the day

    € 5,40 € 5,25
  • Twinings Assam 80 teabags
    Twinings Assam 80 teabags

    A strong Indian tea with a rich malty character - perfect at any time of the day

    Best Before;

    € 9,60
  • Twinings Assam Loose Tea
    Twinings Assam Loose Tea

    Best Before ;

    € 5,25
  • Twinings Blackcurrant and Rhubarb Sensation 20 teabags
    Twinings Blackcurrant and Rhubarb Sensation 20 teabags

    Best Before Date ;

    A nostalgic wander through the flavours of your past. We’ve captured the sweet flavours of ripe blackcurrants, tender red rhubarb and the comforting warmth of aromatic vanilla. With every sip, you’ll be…

    € 4,45
  • Twinings Darjeeling Teabags  50 Teabags
    Twinings Darjeeling Teabags 50 Teabags

    Darjeeling in North East India isn't easy to get to. Even the famous antique toy-train has to wind its way carefully through valleys and round mountains. But it's worth it for the region's speciality: tea. The altitude gives…

    € 5,90
  • Twinings Decaffinated Earl Grey  50 tea bags
    Twinings Decaffinated Earl Grey 50 tea bags

    Best Before ;

    € 6,99
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    Twinings Earl Grey   50 teabags
    Twinings Earl Grey 50 teabags

    Best Before; end october 2018.

    The story goes that Earl Grey, the Georgian prime minister, was given cases of this tea by a Chinese Mandarin. He liked it so much he brought it home and asked Twinings to recreate it for him. And…

    € 6,45 € 6,25
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    Twinings Earl Grey 100 teabags
    Twinings Earl Grey 100 teabags

    Best Before; end february 2019

    The story goes that Earl Grey, the Georgian prime minister, was given cases of this tea by a Chinese Mandarin. He liked it so much he brought it home and asked Twinings to recreate it for him. And…

    € 9,95 € 9,50
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