The First Minister has enjoyed a homegrown cuppa on her stateside tour.

Nicola Sturgeon attended the US launch of a Perthshire-produced tea at an exclusive hotel on New York’s Upper East Side.

The five-star Lowell Hotel will serve guests tea grown by The Wee Tea Plantation in Amulree as part of its traditional high tea.

Stage and screen actor Alan Cumming, from Aberfeldy, joined the First Minister at the launch yesterday.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted a picture of the pair enjoying a cup of tea with the caption “Time for a cuppa!”

The US launch follows the company’s recent success at the prestigious Salon du The awards in Paris.

Tea blender Jamie Russell said: “With the status of our teas and known standing of The Lowell as the finest high tea served in Manhattan, we felt that unveiling our selection in such an iconic venue was a perfect fit.”

Traditionally grown in India and China, The Wee Tea Plantation says their tea plants (Camelia Sinensis) benefit from the clean Scottish air, fresh spring water and good soil.

Mr Russell said the tea has a “subtle, unique flavour similar in nature to a peaty whisky”.

The firm’s Dalreoch estate white smoked tea has already made a splash at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, where a pot sells for about £10.

Eric Dupaix, director of operations at The Lowell, said: “We’re proud to serve the finest teas in the world and the Dalreoch tea complements our selection perfectly.”

 

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