Tea for everyone
In 1784, at a time when tea smuggling was rife, Richard Twining was Chairman of the London Tea Dealers. He played a key role in lowering the tax on tea by persuading Richard Pitt, the Prime Minister, to bring in The Commutation Act of 1784. This slashed tea taxes, deterred the smugglers and, at last, made tea affordable for all. It marked the beginning of tea-drinking as part of everyday life.
10 generations later
So far, 10 generations of the Twining family have overseen the business across the years. We still have members of the Twining family working for us today, making sure all of our products meet the same high standards set by Thomas in the early 18th Century.
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