Thompson’s Tea is a fourth-generation family business, born and blended in Belfast since 1896.
It all started for them at a tea warehouse near Belfast docks, where founder Robert S. Thompson trained in the art of tea tasting and soon became known for his uncompromising devotion to quality.
Today, as the makers of Northern Ireland’s best-selling tea, Punjana, they have been proudly blending and packing their award-winning range in Northern Ireland for over 120 years.
As fourth generation Thompsons, they share a passion for quality and take great pleasure in selecting teas from only the very finest gardens in Assam, Kenya and beyond. It takes a certain amount of courage to choose what is best over what is most profitable, but they simply can’t be persuaded to do it any other way.
These tea leaves are naturally highly prized and command a greater price; there is a great sense of pride to producing a cup of tea that is just that bit better. To this day, each and every blend they produce is first tasted and then approved by a member of the Thompson family.
Their mission has always been to create the perfect everyday cuppa. A tea that has superior taste and flavour, but still affordable. Easier said than done…but give it a try, they think you’ll love it!
What They Do
Loose leaf tea and tea bags
2018 Great Taste Awards – Thompson’s Signature and Thompson’s Special Everyday the only two teas to be awarded the maximum 3 Gold Stars. Awarded over 120 Gold Stars from the Guild of Fine Foods since 2005. 2017 Blas na hEireann Gold Award for Thompson’s Punjana. NIFDA People’s Choice Award 2015 & 2017 – Punjana officially NI’s favourite food and drink product as voted for by the public. 3 Gold Stars in the Great Taste Awards: Thompson’s Punjana, Signature, Special Everyday, Irish Breakfast, Titanic, and Thompson’s Organic Green Tea, Ginger and Pineapple. Great Taste Awards 2020- 2* for Irish breakfast tea, 1* for Thompson’s Signature Blend and Punjana tea bags