In 1896, from a tea warehouse near Belfast docks, founder Robert S Thompson, trained in the art of tea tasting and soon became known for his uncompromising devotion to quality.
Today, Thompson’s Tea, who make Northern Ireland’s best-selling tea, Punjana, have been blending and packing their award-winning range in Belfast for over 120 years.
As 4th generation Thompsons, they share this passion for quality and take great pleasure in selecting teas from only the very finest gardens in Assam, Kenya and beyond. These tea leaves are highly prized and command a greater price. These are the leaves which find their way into the Thompson’s blends.
It takes a certain amount of courage to choose what is best over what is most profitable, but the Thompson’s stay focused on sourcing only the highest quality tea leaves, and simply can’t be persuaded to do it any other way.
Their considerable success in the prestigious Great Taste Awards is undoubtedly due to their obsessive love of quality and the fact that they personally taste-test each and every blend they produce.
Alongside their Punjana blend, which launched in the 1950s with their iconic “Pick Punjana Tea” television jingle, their range of exotic loose teas have now become afternoon teas of choice in such iconic locations as the Titanic Ballroom, National Trust properties and Hastings luxury hotels.
What They Do
We love working with the world’s best tea gardens and blend award-winning teas in Belfast that have received the highest awards possible in the Great Taste Awards. Our 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, we think you’ll love it!
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 – awarded to Thompson’s Punjana. NIFDA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2015 & 2017 – Punjana officially Northern Ireland’s favourite food and drink product as voted for by the public. NIFDA BEST NEW PRODUCT 2015 – for Thompson’s Signature Blend. 3 GOLD STARS IN THE GREAT TASTE AWARDS – for Thompson’s Punjana, Thompson’s Signature, Thompson’s Special Everyday, Thompson’s Irish Breakfast, Thompson’s Titanic, and Thompson’s Organic Green Tea, Ginger and Pineapple.