Down to a tea: Why Scotland is home to a surprising new crop
12 June 2019
If asked to name countries where you might find a tea plantation, Scotland would rank pretty low on anyone’s list. But farmer Monica Griesbaum believes differently, and has found rural Perthshire to be the perfect location to grow her own crop of organic tea plants.
Scotland, of course, doesn’t enjoy the warmer climate associated with major tea growing countries such as India or Kenya. In fact, Monica has to coax her plants through bitter Scottish winters, and low overnight temperatures which limits their growth.
But this has its own rewards, as Monica believes the weather helps create a unique flavour “full of intensity and vitality”.
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How to enjoy tea
Monica’s golden rules for getting the best from a cuppa:-
- Smell – “You get a sense of when a tea is ready just by smelling the lid and getting the aroma from the lid.”
- Decant – To prevent the tea stewing
- Swill – “I swill it around in my mouth, because I want to really taste it everywhere. But that’s often a bit loud…”
- Swallow – Time to sit back and enjoy your brew!