The Tea Gardens of Scotland tea

The tea gardens of scotland

Scottish tea on sale in London

New artisanal tea brand, The Tea Gardens of Scotland, have landed orders with Fortnum & Mason and The Corinthia Hotel with its first batch of tea plucked from nine independent tea gardens across Scotland.

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Nine women entrepreneurs joined together creating the Tea Gardens of Scotland collective in 2016,  a mission to produce a revolutionary wave of authentic, hand- crafted Scottish tea.

The result of the collaboration is a 100% pure Scottish-grown black tea. Its launch has attracted attention with initial orders placed by the rare tea counter at Fortnum & Mason; and the Royal Penthouse Suite at The Corinthia.

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Image – The tea gardens of Scotland

A spokeswoman for Tea Gardens of Scotland said

“We believe that this, combined with our passion, makes Nine Ladies Dancing a tea that connoisseurs should watch out for – and we are thrilled that both The Corinthia and Fortnum & Mason are our early adopters.”

The Tea Gardens of Scotland experimented with seed types from different regions around the world, settling on cold-hardy varieties from Nepal (high altitude Ilam District) and Georgia (former USSR state).

The Tea Gardens of Scotland collective is committed to authenticity and provenance. It funded research to run a pilot study using Ionomics with the School of Biological Sciences at Aberdeen University and The Scottish Tea Factory, pinpointing exactly where in the world the tea was grown. This research is designed to lay the groundwork for more stringent checks and greater reassurance for consumers.

The tea gardens of scotland
Image – The tea gardens of Scotland


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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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