Udny couple to launch world's first gin distilled with tea leaves

Emma and Nick Smalley, creators of The Teasmith Gin
Emma and Nick Smalley, creators of The Teasmith Gin

The world’s first gin to be distilled with Scottish tea, using the leaves of tea plants grown and nurtured in Scotland, is to be launched this summer.

The Teasmith Grower’s Edition, Broich Single Estate Gin has been created by husband and wife team Nick and Emma Smalley from Udny Green, who launched their original award-winning product in 2016.

Pre-orders are being taken now for the exclusive batch of just 1,000 bottles, which has been distilled with Broich tea leaves to create delicate notes of honey and apple.

These are handpicked from tea plants grown at Broich tea garden on the banks of the River Earn in Crieff, Perthshire, by a grower in the Tea Gardens of Scotland group.

More limited Grower’s Edition batches are planned for the coming months, using other teas produced by Scottish growers in other parts of the country.

The Smalleys, who credit Aberdeenshire’s rich history and links to the tea trade as the inspiration behind their gins, have been working closely with the company to secure the right amount of Scottish tea leaves required to create their latest product.

Nick Smalley said: “Ever since we created The Teasmith Gin in 2016, we’ve wanted to develop a gin product which features Scottish tea, but we’ve struggled to find a supplier due to low production levels in Scotland caused by difficult growing conditions.

"The work of Tea Gardens of Scotland is really innovative and exciting for us. We’re pleased to get access to the first batch of tea made in The Scottish Tea Factory, allowing us to create this truly unique and special gin.”

The Teasmith Grower’s Edition, Broich Single Estate Gin will be available to buy online, priced at £35 for a 50cl bottle or £59.50 for a collectable Distiller’s Flush edition, as well as at selected retailers including Aberdeen Whisky Shop and Inverurie Whisky Shop.