The Wee Tea Company – October Featured Tea Specialist

A young, independent company, the Wee Tea Co is an online retailer of loose leaf tea, offering tea to home consumers, supplying delis and independent food shops, as well as providing tea for foodservice outlets.

An increasing element of their range are teas grown on a small scale in Scotland, with teas coming from Perthshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Isle of Mull.

The Fife-based Wee Tea Company was set up in 2012 by Jamie Russell and Derek Walker, initially as specialist tea blenders.

However they have now moved into growing their own tea, and their plantation at Dalreoch is already home to 2,000 plants, making it one of the largest in Europe.

The Wee Tea Company manufactures a whole range of tea blends, including a breakfast blend, a minty green tea, chamomile and lavender, Earl Grey, ginger chai, and Darjeeling.

Interview with Wee Tea Company

We recently had the opportunity to interview the founders of Wee Tee Company. We thought you would enjoy learning a little but about the good folks behind the brand!

How did you get started in the tea business?

One of our Directors opened a tea shop in Edinburgh – but the focus was on Tea not coffee. From there the opportunity for a branded wholesale/retail product became clear.

What sparked your interest in selling speciality teas?

There is a lot of fun to be had in creating new blends. Also, the market has shifted, and traditional tea sales are gradually declining with speciality blend popularity increasing.

What is the very first cup of tea you ever remember drinking?

In my Granny’s kitchen – very strong and sweet!

What is your favourite steeping method and do you drink a lot of tea at home?

Loose leaf will always produce the best brew, and yes we all drink a lot of tea at home.

Which tea flavour is your favourite and why?

Oolong teas are genuinely incredible. So much variety and depth of flavour to explore.

What distinguishes your teas apart from other speciality teas out there?

They are blended in small batches with a lot of heart and soul going into every cup. Our aim is always to blend teas of exceptional quality.

What gear or gadget is at the top of your tea wish list?

A huge machine to save us hand packing everything!

Do you have a favourite tea cup? If so, tell us about it. 

Everyone in the business probably has their own special cup – mine has a photo of my kids on it.

Have you read any great books about speciality teas?

Everything by Jane Pettigrew is great.

Do you have a cafe? 

No

What does the future look like for you? Where do you see your company at in the future?

We will keep creating exciting blends and look to get our brand as far and wide as possible – but not compromise on quality.

What advice would you give someone looking to get into selling speciality teas?

I wouldn’t – there is already enough competition!

What is your favourite thing to do when you are not working with your special origin teas?

Coach rugby

When travelling, do you visit other stores or cafes that sell tea?  Do you ask them about their methods or do you relax and take it all in? 

That would be a busman’s holiday – amazingly – when traveling I try to avoid cafes!

Finally

To learn more about the Wee Tea Company, be sure and visit their website. You can also follow along with them on Facebook to keep up with all their tea blends they will be creating over the year.

To see which teas we are featuring this month from The Wee Tea Company, be sure and visit this post.

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