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Purpose History Lipton Tea Hero



Ready for a little bit of history? Our story began way back in the 1800s with the vision of one man, our very own Sir Thomas Lipton. From humble beginnings in a tenement building in Glasgow, Sir Thomas would rise to become a world-renowned entrepreneur, yachtsman and of course, tea merchant extraordinaire.

History Lipton

At the tender age of just 16, Sir Thomas signed up as a cabin boy and ventured to the USA where he held a series of jobs before returning to Scotland to help his parents run their grocery store.



The tea bag revolution

Soon after, tea bags were accidentally discovered by an American merchant, Thomas Sullivan (he sent tea samples to customers in silk bags which they then presumed should be placed in water). Thomas Lipton saw the future and was the first to start selling tea bags. He was also the first to print brewing instructions on tea bag tags. 

Innovation is in our tea

These days, we have one of the most varied tea ranges available. From fruity iced tea to aromatic chai, there’s a tea for every occasion. So why not try something new? Your favorite new flavor could just be a few sips away.