Where on earth is Tiree?
A small windswept Scottish island, West of Oban. We are famous for lots of things, including regular mentions on the shipping forecast, windsurfing and a stone which makes a ringing sound. This is an excellent guide!
What is a croft?
A croft is an area of farming land. A crofter would be the Scottish equivalent of a small holder. It is important to note that a croft is not a house. A croft can contain a croft house, but a house is not a croft any more than a croft is a house. Croft = land.
Is the tea actually grown/made in Tiree?
No. There are lots of reasons for that, the main one being that this is a new venture. Tea is considered a food, and therefore there are huge costs and investment associated with making it on location. Once I find my feet I will start thinking about how we can incorporate local items.
So, what IS done in Tiree?
Well, I live in Tiree and work the croft. The ideas and inspiration came from time spent doing all sorts of tedious jobs (like weeding) with too much time to think… The packing of the teabags into the packets, and the application of the labels, is done in Tiree.
Also… And maybe most importantly, the blends are completely unique, and owned by Tiree Tea – I have drunk a lot of variations to make sure that they reflect their respective inspirations as well as possible!
Is the tea organic?
No. That is also an incredibly costly exercise. It would be high on the list of improvements in the future though. For now, we are small and lean whilst we figure stuff out.
But, are the teabags plastic free?
YES! 100% biodegradable and plastic free. From Easter 2020, our pouches will be degradable within 12-24 months in the general waste stream – which is a great step forward!
What about compostable pouches? We looked into that. Compostable would be fabulous, but our tea has a shelf life of 12 months, and compostable pouches can’t be used past 4 months.
Are the stories on the packets real?
Absolutely! The teas and the tales associated with them are all inspired by the croft, island features and local flora and fauna.
Will there be more blends?
Yes, keep an eye out towards the beginning of March 2020 – there are lots of exciting things in the works.
Who does the artwork?
The artwork is done by Catriona Black of Black Prints. She is awesome.
Can I stay near the croft?