One of my favorite spots to stop and shop while touring Epcot is the Twinings Tea Shop located in the United Kingdom Pavilion. I know I can buy Twinings at home, but something about the charming thatched roof and cottage atmosphere just makes buying my tea at Epcot just that much more wonderful.
Strolling into the cottage you're greeted with the wonderful smell of teas, and a vibrant collection of the most popular selling options both loose and in bags. Twinings has been selling their fine teas to discerning drinkers for over 300 years, and prides it's self on the ethical partnerships it has created with tea workers around the globe.
During Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival Twinings sponsors a decorative and functional Tea Garden, with tours offered throughout the day to increase your knowledge of what goes into your favorite cup. You can read more tour details over on the Disney Food Blog.
Twinings always carries a small assortment of porcelain tea services that you can take home with you. My favorite during this visit was a set that graced the window with purple violets dotting the serving-ware, cups and saucers. In addition you can frequently find one tea sets delicately decorated with scenes from Alice in Wonderland. You will also be able to find tea accessories in the shop, such as tea presses, and Mickey shaped Tea Balls.
This year Twinings pays homage to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during the year of her 60th anniversary as monarch, otherwise known as her Diamond Jublilee. During the celebration you'll find an assortment of tea cups and trinkets with her likeness or heraldic crest on them.
For me there's a comfort walking into Twinings, it's not chic or rock 'n roll, it just offers the quiet comfort of a really good cup of tea. Have you been on the Tea Garden Tour? Are you a tea drinker? Leave a comment below and let me know what your best Twinings memory is.