August 17, 2015 by Joanne T Ferguson
I hope so and now hope you will sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of Dilmah Tea with me!
Last week, I was extended a gracious invitation, courtesy by Dilmah Tea to participate in their School of Tea event here in Adelaide.
You can imagine how I S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D when founder of Dilmah Tea, Merrill J Fernando’s son Dilhan presented me with a signed Tea Certificate Course in appreciation of participating at the Dilmah School Of Tea!
The name Dilmah was chosen by combining the first names of Fernando’s sons Dilhan and Malik.
Did you know tea is one of the oldest drinks in history and was discovered by Chinese emperor Sheng Nong in 2737 B.C. where tea was not used as a beverage, but for “health benefits?”
Did you know tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water?
If you are ever on a television show and your $64,000 question is, “What is the species of small tree or shrub whose leaf buds and leaves produce tea?”
Camellia sinensis; all true tea comes from this plant!
You can thank me for sharing this information, as learned from Dilhan at the Dilmah School Of Tea!
Did you know only top two leaves and buds are hand picked and then processed into any of the four types of tea, which are Black, Green, Oolong, and White?
Are you feeling tea inspired?
There are three tea growing regions in Sri Lanka; low, mid and high with “the taste, flavour and aroma of teas from each region are influenced by the conditions particular to those regions.”
Dilhan shared that “the quality of the tea starts at the field,” and interestingly, Dilmah Tea still uses the “traditional method” of handpicking tea.
I loved when I recently read founder Merrill J Fernando say, ”my family cares for your tea, from the tea nursery right to your teacup.”
One could feel the love and passion for family values and for the Dilmah family’s commitment in providing quality in real tea.
Here’s a tea tip learned at the Dilmah School of Tea:
“Never put milk in your teacup first!”
Do you know how to brew the perfect cup of tea?
I now do!
Did you know sunlight, heat and moisture all affect tea?
Do you keep your tea in the fridge?
Does white sugar or raw sugar make a difference in tea?
Should you stir tea while brewing?
Does the water you use affect the taste of the tea?
Did you know mint, ginger, lemon, honey and real cinnamon (not cassia) can enhance the flavor of tea?
I think you might have to attend The Dilmah School of Tea!
Do you know the best way to taste tea is by a loud S-L-U-R-P?
Tasting tea and smelling the aromatic flavors of tea is quite interesting and fun!
One gets an initial introduction by smelling the aroma of the tea, but when tasted, one may get an initial taste, then it changes to another taste and then a third may appear!
There are many layers of tastes and different people can may find different tastes.
Did you know tea is good for diabetes, in the prevention of cancer, helps with concentration and focus, is a strong immune booster, beats off stress and can help one lose weight?
As a home cook who tries to inspire people one recipe at a time, I was particularly interested in The Marriage of Tea with Food, Tea Mixology and Tea Gastronomy!
Dilmah Tea with food pairing = beautiful harmony
Dilmah Tea’s unique Gastronomy innovative programme (pairing tea with food) and Tea Mixology programme (pairing tea with drinks) both combine balance of flavors with unique, creativeness and brings the food or drink to another level, enhancing the flavor and creating a new creation that “produces harmony.”
At the Dilmah School of Tea, we were all encouraged to try various foods, brew our own tea and S-L-U-R-P! lol
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to try and create a recipe combining food and Dilmah tea; blog post coming soon!
Did you know you can brew tea overnight in the refrigerator?
Did you know in Russia, they put fruit jam in their tea?
Tea tasting is not the same as tea drinking.
While we all associate aroma and flavor of tea, did you know the Tea Terroir simply stated is the physical (soil, climate) and biological environment that surrounds the tea plant and affects the tea plant’s taste, quality, character and appearance.
If you asked me, “What makes Dilmah not JUST another cup of tea?”, what would I say?
When you purchase Dilmah tea, you are not JUST purchasing any tea!
You are purchasing “real tea” using the “traditional method” of handpicking tea insuring the highest quality.
“Dilmah have been the only tea marketing organisation in the world to grow their own tea.”
The MJF Charitable Foundation was set up by Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando to fulfill his commitment to sharing the success of his Dilmah brand with the underprivileged, the disabled and children; receives 10% of Dilmah’s global earnings before tax, and well as the was Dilmah Conservation which was initiated to incorporate environmental conservation efforts into the MJF Charitable Foundation.
Via video, all who participated in the Dilmah School of Tea, heard Merrill J Fernando’s words:
“People who do well must help others lead for a better life.”
Please take a couple of minutes, perhaps when you are brewing a perfect cup of Dilmah tea to reflect on Merrill J Fernando’s words:
“We come into this world with nothing and we leave with nothing. The wealth some of us acquire is owed to the efforts and cooperation of many others around us. Let us therefore share that wealth, while we are still around, so that the goodwill and contentment created thereby, may make our world a happier place for others too.”
Would you like to enjoy a Dilmah tea with me?
Of the Dilmah teas I highlighted above, which one would you most like to try?
Would you like to suggest a recipe with Dilmah tea, you would like me to do?
Are you looking forward to what dish I created?
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