Lipton’s Tea had a late start compared to many tea companies like Twinings, starting in 1889 in Glasgow, Scotland. Many tea companies were well established by this point, thanks to the East India trading company and the demand for tea in the colonies during the late 1700s. A business man at heart, Thomas Lipton felt tea prices too high, and searched for a better way to stock his own market with low priced, but high quality tea. He purchased his own tea plantation in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) in 1890, and successfully marketed his tea throughout England and the United States. His tea gained popularity so quickly that Queen Victoria knighted him in 1898.
Perhaps it’s not steeped in rich history like Twinings, but it sure does have that underdog American value to it!