Quote Unquote – Ottilie Cunningham, Tea Specialist, The London Tea Company

Wholesale Manager – What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Ottilie-2Travel to beautiful remote tea regions and the characters you meet there.

WM – Who’s inspired you most in your career?

I’ve been mentored by lots of great people – from my headmistress at school to friends of my parents.

WM – If you were an item in a cash and carry, what would you be?

The security camera – I’m annoyingly observant!

WM – If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

Very little. I’ve been incredibly lucky.

WM – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

Hmmm… some I daren’t share! Spitting tea onto a senior buyer instead of into the spittoon when I was a trainee at Twinings wasn’t my finest moment.

WM – Who or what makes you laugh?

My friends.

WM – Do you have any hidden talents?

I’ve been wracking my brains on this one, so I guess they must be well hidden!

WM – Who would be your favourite party guest?

Any of my closest friends for the reason above and the fact I don’t see them often enough.

WM – What is the greatest luxury in your life?

Having a garden in London – I’m a country bumpkin and need the green space.

WM – What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

Red wine, especially when shared with my amusing friends.

WM – Do you have any secret ambitions?

That would be telling!

WM – What’s your dream holiday destination?

I’m very spoiled as I travel to lots of far-flung places for work so prefer somewhere closer to home when I go on holiday. Italy has everything: food and wine; beautiful architecture and landscapes; great weather for beaches in summer and skiing in winter.

WM – What are your three favourite movies of all time?

James-BondBond, Bond and, er, Bond!

WM – What is your favourite book of all time?

Any one of Louis de Bernières’ Latin American trilogy.

WM – What’s your favourite pastime?

Anything that involves being out in the fresh air or cooking for friends.

WM – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

The usual: a lovely house with a stable for a horse; frequent holidays; an Aston Martin… I certainly wouldn’t sit idle though, so would spend my time fundraising for charities.

WM – What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into this industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?

Enjoy every minute.

The London Tea Company

The London Tea Company was created because by people who love London and love tea. The company has set out with a passion for London and exceptional tea expertise, to bring excitement and creativity back into the tea experience. The London Tea Company has come of age in its 12 year history to become one of the UK’s leading fully Fairtrade tea brands and master blenders of the highest quality teas and fun, exotic herbal infusions.

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