Friday, 29 April 2011

Day 24: Twinings Royal Wedding Commemorative Blend

This morning I got up at 4am to fly down to London for the Royal Wedding.

I wrote a long photography blog post about it, so you can read more there, but one of my favourite parts of the day was when a lovely lady was cheerfully handing out samples of Twinings' Royal Wedding Commemorative Blend tea.

It is absolutely incredible. I might go so far as to say it's one of my favourite teas of all time, and I think I honestly mean that based on the qualities of the tea alone, and not just the general euphoria of being in London for the beautiful event. Before I even looked at the type of tea it was, I described it to someone as 'tasting like a wedding in a cup' - it was light (like white and ivory and cream dresses), with a rose petal flavour (like the flowers that are held and the rose petals that are strewn and the bouquet that is tossed), and you can drink it right down to the bottom of the cup whilst enjoying every sip (like the joy of a wedding day that is beautiful from beginning to end).

At the start it is very  light, and they recommend you don't oversteep it, but I left the teabag in and enjoyed a deeper, richer taste later on. Like the difference between having a wee tear fall during the ceremony, and then a falling-over-yourself-laughing spree with some of the groomsmen later.  (Groomsmen, and best men, are always hilarious. I'm a wedding photographer, and I can tell you, that's their job, and they do it incredibly well.)  Both are such an important part of the day, but one is much different than the other.

I drank my tea in the airport just before I flew home. I had my royal commemorative flag (which got me some fun comments in the airport, even from a grumpy security man!), a newspaper, and my sample tea bags. I was set.  I sat and drank my tea and relived the day in my mind and almost didn't even notice the time going by. It was one of those days where you just go from one thing to the next and everything works out perfectly. There was no traffic, my flights were all on time, I caught the trains within minutes of arriving at the station, everyone was cheerful and friendly, there was joy everywhere - and I had a cup of some of the best tea I've ever tasted in my life.

Highly recommended.

Walk length: 1.5 hours


  1. So glad you were able to make it, and it was a great experience!! Great description on the tea.

  2. Thanks! SO amazing, what a day!!