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All the tea in Scotland

Think of a tea plantation and you’ll probably imagine the vast tea fields of India, China or Sri Lanka. The world’s best tea, however, is grown much closer to home.

The Wee Tea Company based in the Scottish Highlands has just become the unlikely winner of the Gold Award of Salon Du Thé in Paris – the most prestigious prize in the tea industry. Dalreoch Estate smoked white tea is grown in Amulree, Perthshire, on land that just four years ago was grazed by sheep.

This isn’t your average brew, for a tea this tasty you’ll have to splash out. If you want to serve up a cuppa then you’ll need to stock up at high-end food store Fortnum & Mason where you’ll spend £35 for 15g.

The man behind the tea is Tam O’Braam and he is convinced that Scotland will become as famous for its tea as it is for its whiskey, having the ideal climate and growing conditions. There are a total of 13 tea gardens already established across the country, from the far South West to Aberdeenshire in the East.

At Christmas the Wee Tea Company was selling its tea by mail order for £230 for 100g. It sold out, with all the tea going abroad and most of it heading to, you guessed it, China.

Mr O’Braam was unable to pick up the award is person as his wife – the person who converted him from being a coffee drinker to a tea enthusiast – was due to give birth to their twins at the time. No doubt they’ll be toasting their arrival with a good cup of award-winning tea.


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