I was brewed in 1947 on a Uva tea estate in
As a child, I had little choice but to spend my time in and around the tea gardens, where the year revolved around the whole cycle of planting, plucking and processing. Luckily, I loved it. Then I came back to school in
At the end of a decent education and to the dismay of my teachers and family, I decided to be a tea taster/blender and buyer. Tea planters always viewed that section of the trade with some suspicion!
Nonetheless, I joined Brooke Bond as one of its youngest ever trainees.
In those days all good tea companies gave their taster/buyers a true apprenticeship. I’m very grateful for the grounding they gave and can even look back with nostalgia at the appallingly interesting digs I lived in while working in the tea-tasting room, warehouse, factory, office, etc., then as a salesman in the well-known little red Brooke Bond van before …
… grasping the opportunity to go abroad by joining Liptons in 1969. I worked in
So my pedigree may be OK but how good is the tea? Try it – the Tea Shop is here and a pack costs just about the same as a respectable pint of beer but lasts a great deal longer.