TWININGS TEA PARTY
I was so lucky to be chosen among 25 who joined the Twinings Afternoon Tea Party at The Royal Piccadilly Restaurant and Cakery on June 20, 2015 in a rainy 3pm afternoon....
Let me take you a little tour inside The Royal Piccadilly Restaurant and Cakery for their British Theme Restaurant, very stylish and colorful perfect for a group of girlfriends who love to take selfie's.
Privileged to meet the Twinings Ambassador of Sout East Asia Mr. Charles Arthur Smith. A very witty and fun to talk with, who provided us everything we need to know about how Twinings had been created and teach us how to properly prepare the Tea's......
Here are some of the Tea's we had tried to make during the event....
I tried The Pure Peppermint and Apple, Cinnamon & Raisin Tea combination.... and it was refreshingly smooth and I love the taste the minty flavor of a fruit with the aroma of cinnamon.... Everyone should try it! ^_^
One of the main highlight of the afternoon tea party is the china tea set ware that we used it was so beautiful that i wanted to take it home hahaha ^_^ How white it is how stylish and light weight it was perfect for having a "cup" of tea.
I call this "timer" wherein either from 2minutes - 3 minutes to 4 minutes you get to soak the teabag at the tea cup or should i say in preparing the tea.... Looking forward to have one of this.
Renowned for fine teas since 1706 with over 300 years expertise in tea blending.
The tea of choice of the British Monarchy since the legendary Queen Victoria; the only tea used in Her Majesty's royal household up to this day. Only Twinings is honoured with the much-covered seal of Royal Warrants of Appointment.
Twinings is the leader of the specialty tea market and is highly reputed in over 100 other countries.
Twinings offers the most extensive and comprehensive range of unique blends designed to perfectly reflect changing moods anytime of the day.
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I will be very honest here I never like tea because of it's bitterness taste BUT only because I am preparing it the wrong way, it was so enlightening and educating to learn the proper and correct way of preparing tea. Now I don't just promote it to my family, friends and followers I also at the same way educate them the proper way of preparing it.
If you are trying to improve your health or drop a few pounds, think beyond superfoods and supplements, because this "super-drink" deserves your attention. The things we chew are not the only dietary factors that contribute to weight management, disease fighting, energy boosting and stress reducing. Consumed for thousands of years, tea has provided delicious medicinal benefits to many cultures around the globe. Studies show that the components found in such a small little teabag can do wonders for your health. Drink up - your overall health is about to get a lot better!
BENEFITS OF DRINKING TEA:
- Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. A 2011 study in the Journal Obesity found that mice fed a high fat diet and given compounds found in green tea gained weight at a slower rate than mice that were not fed the same compounds. The findings from this study suggest that green tea extracts may actually interfere with fat formation in the body. As a side note: green tea extracts should not be confused with bottled green tea drinks that may be full of added sugar. To get green tea extracts, opt for the real deal -- boiling water with a good old-fashioned teabag or loose tea!
- Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
- Green Tea may help you see better. The eye, like any part of the body, can suffer oxidative stress -- making it more prone to disease. What if you could just add some green tea to your daily diet regimen to combat this? A 2010 study found that components in green tea positively affected the tissues of the eyes, especially tissue related to the retina. Drink on green tea lovers and protect your precious eyeballs!
- White tea can help you look younger. White tea has a very high polyphenol count (that means it's really good for you), which deliver fabulously gorgeous benefits! A recent study demonstrated that tea drinkers may have already found their fountain of youth -- in their mug! In the study, extracts in white tea inhibited wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and collagen -- two important factors in your chances of developing what both men and women fear the most -- fine lines and wrinkles. White tea can keep your joints younger too according to this 2011 study.
- Black tea can help to reduce stress levels. Stressed out? A cup of black tea may be just what you need. One study found that black tea actually helped in reducing levels of the stress hormones in study participants. The fun does not stop there -- black tea showed yet another benefit related to stress: blood pressure. As stress goes up, blood pressure does too, putting us at risk for developing a heart attack or stroke. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months of black tea consumption lowered systolic blood pressure.
- It may help fight diabetes. A 2010 study reviewing a variety of caffeinated teas found that the caffeine in tea may help in reducing the overall risk of diabetes.
- Tea can make your ticker stronger. One study found that green tea helped to improve endothelial function rather quickly after consumption but resist the urge to add milk to your tea if you are drinking for better cardiovascular health! That's because the caseins in milk may actually decrease the cardioprotective benefits you get from tea according to one study.
- The tea-takeaway. You can use tea bags or go loose, drink it hot or drink it cold. Either way, tea is fabulous -- and so are all of its benefits. For all the tea veterans, keep drinking your way to good health! For those that have not yet embraced a tea-drinking habit, it's never too late to start brewing a batch! Explore the various types, flavors, and brands to find your tea-mate.
- Green tea has cancer-fighting properties. A catechin called EGCG found in green tea has been linked in various studies to a reduction in cancer rates. It may help in the reduction of the following types of cancer: bladder colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum and stomach.
- Green tea consumption linked to lower risk of Coronary Artery Disease. In a Japanese study, researchers found that the more green tea you drink, the less chance you will have of developing coronary artery disease.
- Green tea may reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes. Green tea also lowers fibrinogen, which is a substance in the body that can cause clots and strokes.
- Black tea may help soothe away the stress of life. A 2010 study by UCL (University College London) found that those who drank a cup of black tea where able to de-stress faster when compared to those drinking a placebo.
- Drinking green tea results in a modest reduction in breast cancer risk.
- Rooibos (a caffeine-free, herbal tea) may reduce and treat metabolic diseases.
- Rooibos and honeybush teas may help with skin cancer. In one study, rooibos and honeybush extracts suppressed skin cancers in mice, giving hope for a future in human studies.
- Rooibos may be anti-aging. Or, at least a study done with quail found that it helped their egg production capabilities last longer. Since birds are a proposed animal for anti-aging studies, this holds hope that rooibos may help humans as well.
- White tea was found to be more protective against oxidative stress when compared to green tea.
- Rooibos tea (both red and green) were shown to have highest protection for male fertility against oxidative stress. In a study that tested the oxidative stress reducing properties of supplements made from green tea, red rooibos, green rooibos, or Chinese green tea, rooibos extracts helped protect sperm health the most.
- Tea can boost exercise and endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.
- Drinking tea can help reduce the risk of hearth attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.
- Drinking tea is linked with a lower risk of Parkinson's Disease. When considered with other factors like smoking, physical activity, age and body mass index, regular tea drinking was associated with a lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.
- Tea might provide protection from ultraviolet rays. We know it’s important to limit exposure to UV rays, and we all know what it’s like to feel the burn. The good news is that green tea may act as a back-up sunscreen.
- Tea could keep waist circumference in check. In one study, participants who regularly consumed hot tea had lower waist circumference and lower BMI than non-consuming participants. Scientists speculate that regular tea drinking lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome (which increases the risk of diabetes, artery disease and stroke), although it’s important to remember that correlation does not equal causation.
- Regular tea drinking might also counteract some of the negative effects of smoking and might even lessen the risk of lung cancer (good news, obviously, but not a justification for cigs).
- Tea can help the body recover from radiation. One study found that tea helped protect against cellular degeneration upon exposure to radiation, while another found that tea can help skin bounce back postexposure.
- Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.
- Tea might be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases (think Alzheimer’s). While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea may help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.
- Chamomile Tea is great for stomach ailments and can help you sleep.
- Peppermint Tea (which is my favorite) can help combat constipation. It can help improve memory and alertness. It has been used by some for nausea and headaches, like migraines.
- Tea is hydrating! It is now thought that the caffeine in tea is not as dehydrating as once believed. It has been found to improve kidney and liver function and help combat symptoms of bladder infections.
- Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
* And a lot more to add.......
One thing i learned from Mr. Charles Arthur Smith in drinking tea "You should enjoy it with your friends..." well said.
Here are some of the Tea Lovers who are part of the Tea Party in their British Themed Outfit:
MAIN TYPES OF TEA'S (courtesy of Twining's)
There are four main types of tea - Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea and White Tea. There are also non-traditional teas known as Fruit and Herbal Infusions.
All teas are 'plucked' and the tea pluckers select the new shoots, typically the first two leaves and a bud. Tea pluckers recognize the exact moment the tea should be removed from the bush to ensure only the tender leaves are used to produce the finest tea.
Green tea goes through a slightly different process to black tea. Depending on the type of green tea, the leaves may or may not be withered. The tea is then either steamed or pan-fired to stop the oxidation process. The leaves are then rolled and fired. The color of green tea is retained as the heating process stops any chemical reaction with oxygen (oxidation) preserving its greenness.
Oolong tea is semi-oxidised and therefore falls between black and green tea. There are many types of Oolong tea, ranging from very light, fragrant teas to dark coppery teas with the taste of burnt caramel. The leaves are wilted and are then shaken in baskets to lightly bruise the edges and left only until oxidisation has set in along the leaves’ outer edges.
White teas are rarer than other teas and can only be plucked once a year. These teas are produced using only the first bud and top leaf from the new season’s tea bush. The tea is withered and then dried. White tea got its name due to the fine white downy hairs that covers the first bud. These teas are very pale in color, light and delicate in taste.
There are also other types of non-traditional teas known as Fruit and Herbal Infusions. Herbal infusions are produced from plants, fruits and spices which do not originate from the tea plant Camellia sinensis but are infused using boiling water. There is a huge selection of plants such as Camomile, Peppermint, Linden, Hibiscus and Rooibos to choose from that can be blended together to give a delicious alternative to other beverages. Twinings sources over 100 different ingredients from around the world. The process of manufacture is different for infusions than that of tea. For example, Camomile and Peppermint leaves are placed in the sun to dry and then cut, cleaned, sieved, blended and steam treated to the requirements of the buyer.
TWINING'S PRODUCT RANGE
There’s a blend to suit every palate and lifestyle. Choose from our rich, hearty, aromatic black teas to the lighter, delicately flavoured green teas and refreshing, zesty fruit flavours and herbal infusions. Let Twinings enhance the moments that matter to you every day.
CLASSIC BLACK TEA:
Explore some of Twinings most enjoyed Classic Black Teas. Our expert blenders have selected a range of traditional teas that are carefully blended to create your perfect cup. Each tea has a special recipe some of which are drunk around the world such as Earl Grey and English Breakfast.
Twinings Green Teas are a great way to refresh and hydrate the body leaving you feeling great and ready for everyday life. Twinings Green Teas have been carefully selected from Asia providing quality blends with a superior taste. The green tea is less processed with a delicate taste and subtle colour. Some of Twinings most popular Green Teas range from Pure Green Tea to green teas with flavours such as Lemon, Mint and Jasmine as well as the traditional Earl Grey.
PURE WHITE TEA:
Made only from the unopened bud and top leaves of Camella sinensis, this ensures that you experience the purest part of the tea plant. Enjoy its naturally clean taste which has been experienced in China for centuries.
FLAVOURED BLACK TEA:
A delicious range of black teas carefully blended with fruit flavours and spices for a rich aromatic tea. Twinings has developed a unique balance of fine teas and delicious complementary flavours which are perfect for any time of the day. Some of our favourite blends include Four Red Fruits and Passion Fruit Mango & Orange flavours.
FRUIT AND HERB INFUSIONS:
If you are looking for a delicious alternative to tea and coffee, why not try Twinings Fruit and Herbal Infusions? They are naturally caffeine-free and low in calories. From the moment you add freshly boiled water and release its heady aroma, a Twinings Infusion is the perfect way to feel at one with the world. We have a delicious range of traditional herbal infusions or if you are looking for a fuller flavour, try our fruit infusions.
and of course one of the best ways to enjoy a cup of tea with your friends is a set of sweet delicacies such as cupcakes, cakes, muffins, etc......
Thanks Much Twining's for this full tea box as a giveaway... I so love it! ^_^
"Remember Tea Lovers There's always time for a cup of Tea make it a habit. "
Now that's a wrap and looking forward of being part of other more future Tea Party's of Twinings.
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