A teamaker’s perspective on tea, from the family tea company that is decommoditing a commodity. A blog about tea, life in Sri Lanka and ethics in business.
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The 21st Century ritual of High Tea

The 21st Century ritual of High Tea

High Tea is as ubiquitous as tea itself, enjoyed by some for the elegance of the occasion, by others for delicious cakes and pastries that are an essential part of high tea. There is debate amongst traditionalists in social etiquette, as to what constitutes ‘high tea’- an evening meal or an occasion for taking tea...
Tea Indulgence, the past, present and future

Tea Indulgence, the past, present and future

Over a breakfast of pancakes with roasted banana, maple syrup and crispy bacon beautifully paired with Dilmah Craighead Estate Seasonal Flush 2013, I read the comments of Michelin starred Chef Alexis Gauthier, on pairing. “In the past we’d have looked for a sauvignon blanc. But it’s difficult to find something that doesn’t kill [the flavours]....
The simple thing about tea

The simple thing about tea

After every session of the Dilmah School of Tea, we come to the realisation that it is always the simplest things that can go wrong when making tea. It is no different whether fine dining restaurant at $20 a pot or at home at 10 cents a bag – tea offers sublime pleasure that is...
A man walks into a bar and ….

A man walks into a bar and ….

Orders a cup of tea? …. unlikely? Maybe not for much longer. The Old Fashioned, a bourbon cocktail invented in the late 1800s, tastes sublime in its tea inspired ‘remix,’ the Ceylon Old Fashioned. It is based on a spectacular tea from the Dilmah t-Series designer, gourmet tea : the First Ceylon Souchong. Crafted by...
Friendship in a teacup

Friendship in a teacup

  View Full Album There is a powerful emotion that the act of pouring a cup of tea evokes. Visually, the cues include the appearance of the amber liquid pouring into cups, mugs or bowls, and settling from its gentle motion to give rise to wisps of steam. It is also the aroma – sometimes...
Natural. Magical. Uva 2011 Seasonal Flush.

Natural. Magical. Uva 2011 Seasonal Flush.

  There is no beverage quite like tea. Brewed from the leaves of a herb first recorded as a medicine five thousand years ago, tea has since been celebrated in the most revered manner by poets, emperors, kings, and commoners. Tea is universally known as a healthy herb though not often as one that is...
The Man with no Tea in him

The Man with no Tea in him

Hearing the advice, earlier this week, of a learned marketer who proclaimed that tea – in the form that we know and love it today – will disappear in five years, and that tradition, love for tea are obsolete amongst a new generation that desires only instant gratification, it seemed that the 21st Century is...

The bottom line

At a time when every politician and bureaucrat is more aware than ever of the plight of marginalized people in less developed countries and the need for fair trading relationships to ease the gulf that exists between rich and poor nations, there is little or nothing that is being done to address the human cost...

teatime rocks!

There’s one part of life as we know it now,that seems relatively unaffected by the financial crisis – and that’s tea. The tea market has seen some volatility but tea drinkers seem to be drinking more and better quality tea, and in spite of the best efforts of the coffee industry to discover health benefits...

White Lie

The surreal beauty of white – whether in leaf, infused leaf or liquor form – is a rare pleasure that every tea aficionado must enjoy. I do not mean the commercially driven and inexpert interpretation of white tea, but the real thing. It seems strange to have to make this differentiation because white tea should...

There’s a lot more to tea than tea alone

Earlier today in Poland’s historic and beautiful University town of Krakow, a slightly different tea party acknowledged that there really is much more to tea than tea itself. It’s not that tea alone is inadequate in any way, for in these times of financial disaster, the calm and serenity that tea can induce is more...

Truly appreciating tea …

Watte, our Single Region and Single Estate Teas beautifully present the reasons for enjoying tea ‘in three senses’. For those who did not read my earlier post on this, they are the appreciation of tea ‘on the eye’, ‘on the nose’ and only then ‘on the palate’. Most people would enjoy a good cuppa for...