Tasting tea is a dream job for any tea-lover but it takes years of training (and thousands of tastings) to become a true master blender and tea aficionado.
Once the tea leaves have been processed, they're ready to be
sold. Buying tea either happens at an auction or privately,
directly between a producer and an expert tea buyer.
Every week, major tea auctions take place in Calcutta, Mombasa,
Colombo and Jakarta. Before each one, brokers send tea samples to
expert tea buyers around the world, including our own, to be tasted
and graded; valuations are then given to the ones they're
Bids are then made at the auction and the purchased tea is
shipped out to the successful bidder. It takes about 3 weeks for
tea to arrive in the UK from Sri Lanka, while tea coming from India
or China can take up to 5 weeks.
At Twinings, we think it's important to know where our tea has
come from and who's grown it. That's why our tea experts buy a lot
of it directly; this also helps us make sure we're blending the
best-tasting teas possible. Having been in the business for so
long, we've developed longstanding relationships with growers and
tea estates. Sometimes they even grow teas just for us!
And once our tea arrives in the UK, our blenders taste every
sample again to make sure that nothing has affected the flavour
during the long journey.
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