Transparency is extremely important to us and In 2018 the Scottish Tea Factory was commissioned by Tea Gardens of Scotland and Aberdeen University to produce over 20 batches of 100% Scottish grown teas. These teas were used as part of a pilot study, together with over 100 tea samples from overseas, that used ionomic testing as a way to prove Scottish provenance. The study was successful and the Scottish Tea Factory is moving forward with an authenticity scheme for Scottish growers in 2020. We aim to develop a “mark” for our packaging that can inform and reassure consumers that the tea they are buying is genuinely Scottish.
Kinnettles Gold Scottish black tea was launched in 2015 and is created by tea grower Susie Walker-Munro who started the Tea Gardens of Scotland group. On returning to Scotland after managing a tea estate in Sri Lanka, my first consultancy job was to help Susie develop and launch Kinnettles Gold onto the market.
Charlie and Elma Ball are members of the Scottish Tea Factory. They produce small amounts of 100% Scottish Grown white tea at their tea garden in Dumfries and Galloway.
Broich Tea Garden in Crieff is currently producing small batches of loose leaf tea by hand at the Scottish Tea Factory as part of their tea development process. It takes 6 years for tea plants to fully mature in Scotland and many experiments to find the best processing methods. Broich Tea Garden are selling taster samples of their first tea in aid of Scotlands charity air ambulance (SCAA)