All our master tea buyer/ blenders are based in Andover, Hampshire - the home of Twinings tea, where 90% of all Twining tea is packaged in the UK.
Becoming one of our blenders takes many years. It is not just knowing your teas or developing great buying links with amazing and interesting tea gardens around the world; we also require our blenders to have acute nose nasal and taste senses – just like a great wine taster or a "nose" in the perfume business.
Together with their nose, they need to fine tune their taste buds and their palette. This can take many years of training. A Master tea taster can isolate many different tastes and flavours in a tea. For example, they may describe a tea as having smoky, nutty or sweet notes and then be able to pin point a fine array of flavours under these like; caramel or peach. It is this experience that then helps them to develop incredible recipes that translate into the Twinings teas you know, love and drink.
The Master Blender behind the gloriously fruity infusion is our very own Jeremy Sturgess. Jeremy has been working for Twinings for 25 years, and is our resident specialist in fruit and herbal teas. He has the wonderful job of travelling all over the world sourcing the finest ingredients for our blends, selecting those ingredients directly from the producers and then he uses his expert, finely-tuned palate to delicately blend the flavours to perfection.
This also means we have extremely close ties to our Tea producers helping us to be ethical in how we buy but also more importantly more human in our approach to helping the tea world be a better place for everyone that works in it.