Welcome to our tea page. We stock over 80 tea products and are adding new ones all the time.
Browse our range of fine tea’s
We carry a wide range of tea from Brodies and Edinburgh Tea and Coffe company. Both Scottish Companies with long histories in the tea trade.
Most people just want to treat themselves to a new tea, although they also make unique gifts for that hard to find person. Any of these tea items can be added to create unique Custom gift basket or hamper. Great for the Scottish person who has moved away, or if you are a Scottish company that wishes to give clients a wee taste of Scotland.
Brodies Fine Tea
PURE RELAXATION … We carry a large range of styles and flavours to suit anyone’s tastes. From Black, to green, to Herbal tea's.
Brodies have been importing and blending tea since the time of the great tea clippers which docked at the bustling Port of Leith, laden with precious cargoes from the farthest corners of the earth.
Their tea is still sourced from the established tea growing countries of India, Africa, Sri Lanka and China and continue in that spirit of exploration by also working with emerging tea-growing countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Brodies select teas with varying characteristics, that when combined create a pleasing, well-balanced flavour to their special blends.
Edinburgh Tea & coffee Co
For that unusual flavour there is none better than Edinburgh tea and coffees. From Heather, to Thistle, and whisky flavours, you cant get more Scottish than this.
One of Scotland’s largest commercial tea blenders, Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company sample and blend to perfection all of their teas, in small batches, in modern facilities. While doing so they ensure they extend the same care and passion founder, Andrew Melrose, did when he first started importing fresh tea into Edinburgh over 200 years ago.
Any of our teas can be added to gift baskets and hampers, but we also carry items that can make great gifts by themselves, or try in one of out jute gift bags
The five types of tea
Black tea is the most common type of tea and is fully oxidised and has darker appearance, stronger flavour and higher caffeine content compared to other teas.
Green tea is 'unoxidised' tea.
Oolong tea is semi-oxidized, so the leaf is allowed to sit for maybe 2-4 hours, before being heated up to halt oxidization.
White tea is the least processed of all teas. Only the unopened buds and young leaves covered in silver fuzz are used
Pu-erh tea is a special type of tea that comes from the Yunan province of China and is known for its earthy flavour. It is made out of tea plucked from wild tea trees rather than cultivated bushes
THE TEA PROCESS
Tea is an evergreen tropical plant from the Camellia Sinensis family and is produced from the green tender shoots which are picked by hand.
The leaves are then withered by exposure to warm, dry air, then rolled - breaking up the cells and releasing the natural juices and enzymes which give the tea its characteristic flavour.
The next stage is fermentation when the leaves are spread out and cooled in a humid atmosphere. The leaves are then dried in a hot air chamber and graded by their size.ea