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April 16th, 2012

Tea and shot glasses

A couple of years ago, while trekking in India’s Ladakh region, I came across all weak and feeble, as one does at altitude.  My dear friend and trekking guru, Alison, came over to my tent, where I was admittedly being a bit of a wimp, and made me sit up, buck up and drink a cup of Twinings tea.

As one does.

How caricaturally English the two of us must have appeared, sitting sipping a cup of Twinings at 4000+ metres,

But Alison’s ginger and lemon tea bag saved the day, and I have been an addict ever since.

So it was with great interest that I recently went to Gurgaon to meet Mr. Twining, on his first official visit to India.  No ordinary press conference this, but a fascinating tea tasting session.

Great fun, drinking shots of tea from  – well – shot glasses, while we were told about the colour and perfume of the various teas on offer from a master tea blender, Georgina Durnford.

600 cups a tea a week, apparently, is what is required of this young woman who talked us through a variety of teas, from classic English Breakfast and Earl Grey to a selection of green teas.

Sadly no ginger and lemon tea bags.  And the crockery was far posher than our plastic mugs in camp…

To paraphrase dear Mr. Gladstone, who famously pronounced “If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.”

And if you are pole-axed by altitude sickness, a plastic mug of ginger and lemon will work wonders.


2 comments to Tea and shot glasses

  • Jane Binstead

    And, if you can get it (basically only in the Andes), a cup of coca tea is even better – for the altitude problems, that is….

  • Alison

    Happy memories…and still addicted (to the lemon and ginger rather than the coca)

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