Exciting news, Australia finally has its own tea blend, Australian Afternoon Tea, thanks to Twinings.
Earlier this year Twinings set a challenge for 40 Australian celebrities to create their own perfect Australian Afternoon Tea blend. Blending packs were sent out and our Aussie celebrities blended away. The final results were sent over to London for assessment by a Twinings expert panel.
The top five celebrity blenders were; Radio Broadcaster Alan Jones, TV Personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley and her husband John, Singer John Williamson, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Champion Surfer Layne Beachley. It was then up to the public to vote for the winning blend, around 85,000 Australians ended up voting.
A high tea at the Observatory Hotel was the perfect setting to announce the winning blend, and Stephen Twining, 10th generation Twining Ambassador was in Australia to make that announcement. It was for this reason I found myself sitting down for a friendly tête â tête with Stephen over a cup of Russian Caravan before the event. The drawing room of The Observatory Hotel is absolutely stunning, very much the parlour for having tea.
Stephen is the perfect example of an immaculately groomed English gentleman, with a manicure that puts my fingernails to shame. Actually the manicure makes perfect sense, I am sure that every time he picks up a cup of tea people would be focusing on his hands. Read more →