1890 – 1910
At the age of 6 John Archibald ‘Archie’ Russell, the founder of the BOH tea plantation, came with his father and 4 brothers to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After scool, Archie began a career in the mining industry. He also mastered 5 Chinese dialects and Malay and made a name for himself by building a railway station and founding companies in many areas, including a rubber company and a mine…
1920 – 1930
It is the Great Depression and the world is on the brink of bankruptcy. Archie, together with an experienced planter from Sri Lanka, decides to grow tea in the Cameron Highlands. Jungle land becomes the country’s first highland tea garden, today’s BOH Tea Plantation.
1930 – 1960
Archie dies of tuberculosis at the age of 50. His wife Kathleen maintains the BOH tea plantation despite financial difficulties. During the Second World War, the estate is occupied by the Japanese and largely abandoned. However, the business is resumed after the war by Archie’s son Tristan.
1960 – 1970
The 4th tea garden – Sungei Palas – is now part of the BOH tea plantation. Tristan is appointed chairman of BOH. He begins to modernise tea production through new techniques and infrastructure. This is how BOH becomes the number one black tea producer in Malaysia. During these years, Mr BOH, one of the first TV company mascots in Asia, is also brought to life.
1980 – 2000
BOH is actively involved in animal and environmental initiatives such as “New Home for Elephants”.
In 2002, the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards are launched, an annual event that recognises outstanding contributions in the fields of dance, theatre and music.
Caroline, daughter of Tristan, is appointed CEO in 2003
2010 – now
BOH is now also making a name for itself as a green tea producer.
Stevia leaf extract is included as a healthy alternative to sugar as an ingredient for the instant teas. Biodegradable pyramid tea bags are also being developed.
BOH is recognised with many awards, such as the Readers Digest Trusted Brands, Superbrand Excellence Trophy Award.