The Teasmith Spirit Company is dedicated to producing award-winning, exceptional Scottish gin distilled with handpicked tea leaves. Following time honoured methods and with meticulous care, we source the finest and rarest speciality tea and distil it with carefully selected botanicals that complement and match the unique flavours that the tea provides. Our gins have story – from the tea to the tonic, there is history and heritage in every sip.
With a long held love for gin, we were encouraged by the emerging craft gin movement, and in 2015, we decided to embark on our own journey into the exciting spirits sector. Seeking inspiration from our surroundings in rural Aberdeenshire, we made a surprising discovery that linked our corner of Scotland with the beginnings of the 19th century tea trade in Sri Lanka. In 1867, a gentleman called James Taylor from Auchenblae planted the very first tea plantation there, beginning a process that would turn the island into one of the world’s finest tea-growing regions.
Keen to craft a gin that spoke of our local heritage, we set about sourcing a Sri Lankan tea for our gin’s key botanical. Working closely with tea consultant, Beverley-Claire Wainwright, we selected a very special tea from the island’s Amba Estate. Hand-picked and hand-rolled just as James Taylor would have nurtured his first batches 150 years ago, this unique tea offered a complex flavour profile upon distillation that was perfect for our requirements, and The Teasmith Gin was born.
I went for the full Scottish with both gin and tonic coming from Aberdeen! I first tried this combination at the Teasmith takeover at a local restaurant, The Ferryhill House Hotel in summer 2019.
Serve: Gin – The Teasmith Tonic – Walter Gregors Raspberry Garnish – Frozen raspberries & mint A really crisp, sharp-tasting drink. I adore it. A very clean, simple yet extremely classy label with the cream background and gold lettering. It would look fantastic on anyone’s gin shelf. Distillers, Nick and Emma are very passionate about their gin. Having met them at different events, it is very much a family business. The tea for the gin is from Amba Estate in Sri Lanka to create the rich, aromatic flavour.
Amba Estate was also chosen by Nick and Emma for its ethos. It is a working farm that has organic produce. “Most importantly, the owners work with the local community to support a variety of educational, economic and environmental initiatives” – teasmithgin.com