Top 10 tea-flavoured spirits

22nd March, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

The Teasmith Gin

Created by husband and wife team Nick and Emma Smalley of Udny Green, Aderdeenshire, The Teasmith Gin is distilled in the Strathearn distillery in Perthshire.

Abderdeen has a long naval history, and many of the world’s most famous tea-clippers were constructed in Aberdeen harbour. Some of these were instrumental in expanding tea trade routes in the Far East. In fact, the first tea plantation in Sri Lanka was founded by an Abderdeenshire man, James Taylor, often called the “Father of Ceylon Tea”.

Although tea is the key botanical, before the final stage it is blended with juniper, coriander and citrus peels. Emma Smalley said: “The gin doesn’t actually taste like tea” and described the “unique taste that is light on the palate with a distinct, crisp freshness” – meaning that even people who don’t like tea shouldn’t be afraid to try a drop.

It is available online and in selected Aberdeenshire retailers and a 700ml bottle retails at £37.50.

2 Responses to “Top 10 tea-flavoured spirits”

  1. Interesting article but I think you forgot to include the best tea spirit: Pekoe tea liqueur 🙂

  2. Alexandre Vingtier says:

    Great topic, some very interesting or influential products. Nevertheless the selection is focus on UK-US producers/markets … after Dutch Pekoe liqueur, no French producers such as Cartron who has also done a great series of tea liqueur including Lapsang, Rooibos and Maté, Boudier a Darjeeling tea liqueur, also Marie Brizard, Briottet and not to forget the great Slovakian Tatra tea range or some Japanese Umeshu and tea for instance. Cheers, it’s tea time !

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