Iron Chef Shellie

Twinings Australian Afternoon Tea Challenge

I am a tea drinker, not a coffee drinker. I have at least 10 different types of tea in my house. My mood dictates what flavour I have.

All around the world, countries have their own Twinings tea (Russian Caravan, Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast and New Zealand Breakfast). We have now decided it’s to time to bring a Twinings Afternoon tea to Australia, designed by Australians for Australians.

Twinings invited 40 prominent Australians to compete in our Australian Afternoon Tea Challenge. They were supplied with a special Twinings tea blending kit containing nine Twinings tea blends, and asked to submit their own special blend of tea which, if they win, will be mass produced as Australia’s first ever tea blend – to be known as “Twinings Australian Afternoon Tea Blend.”

From a list of over 40 well-known Australians who accepted the challenge to create the perfect Australian Afternoon Tea Blend, the top five finalists were:
  • Kevin Rudd: a brisk & lively blend which goes particularly well with milk
  • Alan Jones: an interesting combination; smooth with useful citrus bergamot and orange high notes
  • Kerri-Anne: strong orange, lemon and bergamot notes and a delicate tea base.
  • Layne Beachley: a vibrant blend with a subtle hint of citrus.
  • John Williamson: a blend with a subtle smokey character.

The winner will be announced on August 29, with the winning blend set to hit market shelves in 2012.

A donation will be made to the winning celebrity blenders charity of choice based on the total sales of this particular tea blend for the first 12 months.

For me I preferred the Lane Beachley and Kevin Rudd blends, where as Hamsley preferred the John Williamson blend.

To vote, and your chance to win $5,000 or information where you can taste these blends, head to:

Iron Chef Shellie sampled the Twinings teas thanks to Tom Inc and Twinings.

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8 Responses to “Twinings Australian Afternoon Tea Challenge”
  1. Twinings reminds me of Nigella

  2. Fatbooo says:

    Oh dear, Kevin Rudd’s “Politician Tea”. Hehe, if we don’t buy a box of it quick, will we have to pay a “Penal-Tea”? :p

    PS: I don’t know who the other 4 politicans are. #migrantbooo

  3. Yum! I too love drinking tea. We have been trying some interesting tea here in Bali and I’m in love with ginger tea! I also love Twinings Earl Grey w/ milk – delish! Can’t wait to find out who wins the challenge. Thanks for the post :)

  4. Mez says:

    bahaahahaaa I don’t know why I find it so funny to see KR’d head on a tea bag string but I do….. haahahahahaa

  5. I agree, seeing people heads dangling out of my teacup would be a little disconcerting first thing in the morning but I love the idea just the same!!

    I will be heading to the twinning site for more info :)

  6. Ashley says:

    Oh what a fun concept! Love how it’s for charity at the end of the day :) I’m totally a tea drinker too, people always wonder how I get by without coffee…

  7. Lisa says:

    Oh yay! I’ve thought it has been totally lacking for ages that Twinings doesn’t have an Australian tea. Like you, I’m a tea not a coffee drinker. For years I only drank Twinings English breakfast but now I have a large range on rotation. It is a very mood dependent thing.

    I can’t believe it but I ended up voting for the Kevin Rudd tea. The others were all a little too focused on the “Grey” family. I am not a bergamot fan.

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