Growing Expertise

There was a time when all our black tea came from China, but not anymore. We work closely with thousands of tea gardens from all over the world and our experienced buyers use their skills to select the very best produce from each.

For us, it’s about helping to create a thriving, global tea industry that is socially fair and environmentally sustainable. That’s why we are founder members of the Ethical Tea Partnership and have committed to source 100% of our tea from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTMgardens by 2016. We are already at 50%.

We buy our tea from the lush valleys and tropical island that make up the tea growing regions of the world.

This hot and humid region produces mild teas with clear and bright liquors, perfect for Iced Tea!

Most teas are grown in the highlands of the Great Rift Valley that runs through Kenya. The most prized teas come from the East. Grown at high altitude, these teas are super sparkly and full of flavour.

The soil in this country, knows as the warm heart of Africa, is a beautiful, vibrant, red colour. This produces the most richly coloured teas in the world.

The Chinese are experts in white, green and oolong teas. Each region has its own unique style, with closely guarded secrets passed down through generations. It would be impossible to taste all of the tea in China!

World Map

This tropical island produces some beautiful teas – floral, fruity and smooth, it is grown high above sea level in the mountainous misty forests.

Grow in the foothills of the Himalayas, teas here are delicate and peachy. In fact they’re often referred to as the champagne of teas.

Teas grown in the lush Brahmaputra valley of Northern India are rich, malty, brisk and full bodied – perfect to wake you up in the morning.

These island in South East Asia produce naturally spicy teas that take flavour well, perfect for Earl Grey blends.

At Tetley, we’ve been making tea since 1837 so we know a thing or two about how to make the perfect cuppa.

The journey of your tea starts in the tea gardens all around the world, where Tetley tea is made from the young leaves and unopened buds of the plant, Camelia sinesis. We grow and buy tea from all across the world to get that that full-bodied and unique Tetley flavour.

Growing Expertise

Before landing on a shelf at your local store, each Tetley blend undergoes a crucial four-stage journey from crop to cup. The key ingredients are care and attention – after all, that’s what goes into making a great quality cup of tea.

The tea farmers and tea pickers take great pride in getting the best tea leaves for your brew, find out more about our sustainability here and get to know our Farmers better here.