Lipton is one of the most widely known brands of tea in North America, but few know that it was first introduced into the US market by the founder of the company himself, Thomas Lipton, in 1890.

If you were to ask (and we did) many Americans believe that Lipton was founded somewhere in the South, perhaps in Georgia or Tennessee, so they’re usually quite shocked to learn Thomas Lipton was a Scottish entrepreneur from Glasgow.

We learned about him ourselves on Scottish Tea, which is a delightful website devoted exclusively to — you guessed it — Scottish tea.

3370151023_5b6ab6931b_oThis lovely hobby website isn’t updated consistently, but the information on its pages is timeless and well worth a read over your own cup of tea.

“Our site is powered by Scottish tea,” say its owners. “We love drinking, writing, and talking about Scottish Teas.”

Here you can learn a bit about the history of tea, including information about some of the Scottish tea companies that have come and gone (such as Holyrood Tea) and newly launched companies like the Wee Tea Company in the Highlands.

You’ll also find some amusing Scottish tea commercials, a Scottish tea room guide, and a lovely archive of blog entries.

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