Blackhouse Tea ™ – An Taigh Dubh
Unique and exclusive to the Hebridean Tea Store!
“The taste of the Island”
“That takes me right back to my childhood.”
These are only a few reviews from customers who tasted the tea at our shop in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
Inspired by the blackhouses in Arnol and Gearrannan on the Isle of Lewis and the landscape, the smell of the peat and the scent of the machair, this tea combines a lot of what makes this island on the edge of Europe so very special.
A lovely, smoky tea with heather blossoms and honey tinged with the taste of a “wee dram”.
A bit of sugar or sweetener enhances the flavours even more!
The idea behind the tea
When I came to live in the Outer Hebrides, I was fascinated by the blackhouses, which reminded me a bit of the Norse longhouses. Much later, I learned about the islands’ history and those houses. It was in the museum in Arnol when I was standing in a cloud of smoke from the open fireplace in the middle of the house, with the big kettle hanging over the fire.
I wondered how the tea would have tasted when brewed with that water. Surely the taste of the smoke will go into the water. And maybe also a wee dram. So I was playing around and came up with the Hebridean Blackhouse Tea blend. Since then, this tea blend has become very popular among locals.
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