Aberdeenshire couple devise tea-infused gin

The Teasmith Gin, a new gin distilled with hand-picked tea, has been launched by Aberdeenshire couple Nick and Emma Smalley.

The gin is made from black loose leaf Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka, which is distilled by itself then blended with classic gin botanicals and double-distilled at Strathearn Distillery in Perthshire.

Nick told DRAM, “We wanted to use a botanical linked to our local area and discovered James Taylor, from Aberdeenshire, who founded the first tea plantation in Sri Lanka in 1867.

“Distilled, the Ceylon tea has a citrus flavour with a minty sweetness and would work well in cocktails, so we hope it will be popular in the on-trade.”

Teasmith launched in a batch of 560 bottles priced £37.50, with more set to be produced early 2017.

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