Dorset Tea Our Story
Celebrating 10 Years of Dorset Tea
In 1934 our founder Keith Spicer started blending teas in his Bournemouth kitchen. Equipped with an old butcher’s bike he set out to deliver his creations to businesses around Dorset.
75 years later in 2009 Dorset Tea™ was created to celebrate Keith’s work and Dorset’s natural beauty and sunshine which goes into every cup today; that’s why we call our black tea, our Sunshine Blend.
For the past 10 years we've been pouring the golden rays of Dorset sunshine into our tea, bringing you over 1.6 billion cups of sunshine! We're pretty proud of that achievement and we hope you've enjoyed them, so please raise your mugs to the next 10 years of Dorset Tea.
A Cup of Sunshine
Our tea blenders Jimmy Medhora and Tony Warr are experts in creating award winning teas and carefully select teas from Africa and India to keep Dorset Tea™ Sunshine Blend tasting as delicious today as it always has.
With 57 years combined tea blending expertise Jimmy and Tony work collaboratively with specially selected tea gardens, selecting only the best teas for use in our precious blend. They work hard to ensure that the Dorset Tea™ Sunshine Blend consistently delivers a smooth tea that is full of flavour. This is how we have retained our Great Taste Award since 2010.
Dorset Tea™ Sunshine Blend is available in packs of 40 & 80 square tea bags and 20 & 250 tea sachets (catering packs are also available so please contact us if you want to open a trade account). Decaffeinated Dorset Tea™ can also be bought in packs of 80 square tea bags.
For us Dorset folk there are two important things in life: a great cup of tea and our beautiful natural surroundings. We love the Dorset countryside but we also want to make sure that the rest of the world’s natural environment is well cared for.
We ensure 100% of the tea used in the Dorset Tea™ Sunshine Blend is from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. This means that the workers and farmers who carefully grow and select the leaves in our tea can also enjoy a good quality of life, while protecting their natural environment which in as important to us as it is to them. For more information about Rainforest Alliance please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/
Discover the Taste of Dorset
Our love of Dorset has inspired us to create a range of fruit & herbal infusions and green teas which capture the all-round loveliness of our beautiful county.
From Strawberries & Cream tea to Cool Camomile, our teas will bring you the taste of Dorset wherever you happen to be.
- Strawberries & Cream – as deliciously indulgent and as tasty as a Dorset strawberry cream tea.
- Blackberry Syllabub – juicy blackberry tea and indulgent cream flavours as deliciously decadent as this classic Dorset dessert
- Foraged Fruits – this wild fruit tea incorporates juicy blackberry, sweet strawberry and soft raspberry flavours inspired by Dorset’s abundant hedgerows and natural fruit.
- Rosy Rhubarb - creamy and fruity, this delicious infusion blends sweet rhubarb pieces and rose petals to conjure rosy pink hues in your teacup
- Dorset Fruit Punch - fill your cup with an explosion of vibrant red from this delicious fruit flavoured infusion.
- Wild about Mint– peppermint, wild herbs and tingling nettles as invigorating as Dorset’s sea breezes.
- Cool Camomile – camomile with lemongrass & raspberry infusion inspired by Dorset’s laid back approach.
- Ginger with Sunshine Lemon - warming ginger and lemon infusion as glorious as a Dorset sunset.
- Pure Green Tea – light and refreshing pure green tea inspired by the lush, green Dorset countryside
- Green Tea with Sunshine Lemon – light and refreshing with a boost of zingy lemon. This lemon flavoured tea is bright and bold like a summer’s day in Dorset.
Each flavour comes in a pack of 20 tea sachets.
So Discover the Taste of Dorset and shop the range now!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Sunshine Blend and Golden Blend?
Nothing! They are the same great blend, we are simply in the process of changing the name from Golden to Sunshine.
Where is Dorset Tea grown?
Our Sunshine Blend is a blend of the best quality Kenyan, Rwandan and Assam teas, chosen for their brightness and flavour.
Is Dorset Tea still packed in Dorset?
Unfortunately not. Keith Spicer has two UK sites; Wimborne, Dorset and North Shields, Newcastle. After careful analysis in August 2017 it was decided to consolidate the production capabilities and move all production lines to North Shields.
The Keith Spicer head office and home of Dorset Tea was established in 1934, remains in Dorset. It is the heart and soul of Dorset Tea and base of the brand team, commercial team and master tea blenders. We remain committed to Dorset and continue to support local charities such as Dorset Wildlife Trust and The Weldmar Hospice Trust and projects which have a positive impact on the local community.
Is there plastic in your tea bags?
At Dorset Tea we love the planet as much as we love great tea and we recently decided to move from oil-based plastic in our teabag paper to a plant-based plastic called PLA. PLA is made from wood pulp and vegetable starch, is non-GMO and sustainably sourced, so we are really keen to use it. PLA teabags are industrially compositable which means that they can go in your food waste or garden waste bins for the council to compost.
Using new materials isn’t always easy ☹, and despite numerous and rigorous testing a few of our new teabags are still splitting. You may have been one of the unlucky people to have bought a box containing these. We are so sorry if you are, however please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the LOTCODE (you’ll find this in the Best Before End area) and we’ll send you a coupon for a free box of Dorset Tea.
We want to make sure that your Dorset Tea still tastes delicious, and that the new teabag is fit for purpose, and environmentally friendly. So, we are back at the drawing board, doing further tests until we are happy that you are going to get the perfect cup of tea whilst protecting the planet.
Please bear with us, and make sure you follow us on our social channels where we will be posting updates on the release date.
Premium Pyramid Range;
The teabag material used in our new Dorset Tea premium pyramid range is environmentally friendly, made from woven mesh filter derived from corn starch of natural origin. Dorset Tea premium pyramid range teabags can be biodegraded completely in soil or compost under the correct conditions. After you've finished your brew simply pop the tea bags in your food waste bin.
Fruit and Herbal Infusions;
Our fruit and herbal infusion range use a method of folding the paper without the need of heat sealing, this means that there is no polypropylene required in these tea bags. Like our Premium Pyramid range, simply pop the tea bags in your food waste bin after you've enjoyed your cuppa!
Our Sunshine Blend square tea bags currently contain an element of polypropylene, required to seal the tea bag. Rest assured we are working hard with our suppliers to find a route where polypropylene is not used in our teabags
Here is some more information about what the presence of polypropylene means;
Tea bags are widely accepted in home composting, as well as in food waste collection by the council for composting. The polypropylene part of a heat sealable tea bag cannot be called biodegradable. But in an average tea bag weighing approximately 3.5 grams the tea bag paper accounts for 0.18 grams, only 25% of this is polypropylene so the tea and cellulose fibres in a tea bag make it 98.7% biodegradable. What is left will be a fragile web of PP fibres that will fragment and degrade over a longer period. It is important to note the difference in compostability and biodegradability, as yes, they are compostable, but it is not 100% biodegradable.