The world’s first gin to be distilled with Scottish tea, using the leaves of tea plants grown and nurtured in Scotland, is to be launched by us this month by The Teasmith Spirit Company.
The Teasmith Grower’s Edition, Broich Single Estate Gin has been created by husband and wife team Nick and Emma Smalley from Udny Green in Aberdeenshire, who launched their original award-winning product in 2016.
Pre-orders are being taken now for the exclusive batch of just 1,000 bottles, which has been distilled with Broich tea leaves to create delicate notes of honey and apple.
These are handpicked from tea plants grown at Broich tea garden on the banks of the River Earn in Crieff, Perthshire, by a grower in the Tea Gardens of Scotland group.
More limited Grower’s Edition batches are planned for the coming months, using other teas produced by Scottish growers in other parts of the country.
Established in 2016, Tea Gardens of Scotland is made up of nine growers based throughout Angus, Fife and Perthshire who each have between 500 to 5,000 tea plants, meaning that production is very limited.
The Smalleys, who credit Aberdeenshire’s rich history and links to the tea trade as the inspiration behind their gins, have been working closely with the company to secure the right amount of Scottish tea leaves required to create their latest product.
The original Teasmith Gin is distilled with handpicked black loose-leaf Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka.
Nick Smalley said: “Ever since we created The Teasmith Gin in 2016, we’ve wanted to develop a gin product which features Scottish tea, but we’ve struggled to find a supplier due to low production levels in Scotland caused by difficult growing conditions.
“The work of Tea Gardens of Scotland is really innovative and exciting for us. We’re pleased to get access to the first batch of tea made in The Scottish Tea Factory, allowing us to create this truly unique and special gin.”
Despite the harsh climate, compared to other tea growing regions in the world, Tea Gardens of Scotland have propagated thousands of tea seedlings over the past four years. Some of these have been planted at Broich tea garden, helping to create the tea used in The Teasmith Grower’s Edition, Broich Single Estate Gin.
Broich is the first tea to be produced by The Scottish Tea Factory in Perthshire, established by tea consultant Beverly Wainwright who helped us select the rare Ceylon tea featured in their original gin.
Beverly is affiliated with The UK Tea Academy, the only body in the UK to offer a professional tea certification programme and is Scotland’s only tea consultant licensed to run training courses about tea.