of the Evening Post (New Zealand)
takes a sip of the Pinot Noir of tea
Johannes van Dam, Dutch
Food & Wine Critic talks about Watte
First commercial production
A dream come true
In the style of the finest Grand Cru wine,
Single Region Tea, from Dilmah
Boutique Tea Watte from Dilmah
Tea lovers will be forgiven for corking their teapots
and storing them on the wine rack, when Dilmah releases its latest
range of boutique teas, the Watte series.
The launch of Watte (pronounced what-the
and meaning garden in Sinhala, the main language in Sri Lanka, formerly
Ceylon), is more significant than just another new line. It represents
a radically different and innovative approach to tea, specially
made to suit the discerning palate. The tea is produced at 18 Dilmah
tea gardens in four different plantation regions of Ceylon (Sri
Lanka), offering pure, authentic tea and retaining the distinct
flavour and character of each region.
"Ceylon is recognised by discerning tea drinkers
as the home of the worlds finest tea. We grow tea from sea
level to over 7,000 feet elevation with the flavour, aroma and taste
of tea changing almost every 250 feet. Sadly, the commoditization
of the tea category in the last 30 years has meant that consumers
have not had an opportunity to savour this wonderful variety. Watte
changes all that by bringing to supermarket shelves genuine Single
Region Tea, garden fresh and individually wrapped in foil."
says Dilhan C. Fernando, son of Founder Merrill J. Fernando, and
Marketing Director of Dilmah.
Tea is similar to wine with climate, soil and elevation
affecting the character of the tea. The tea plant Camellia Sinensis
is grown at varying altitudes in Ceylon, long considered the home
of the worlds finest tea, and it is specially hand picked.
It is then withered, rolled, fermented, fired, and sorted before
The Watte series took the most part of five years
in preparation and is the dream of Dilmah founder, Merrill J. Fernando.
The launch of Watte represents a concerted effort at Dilmah to craft
a selection of unique teas and to develop the perfect packaging
to deliver Watte in perfect condition and freshness, to tea drinkers
around the world.
"Watte allows you to choose a tea to suit your
taste. When you look at a cup of Watte tea, you will immediately
notice the difference in colour. Ran, meaning Golden is grown at
around 6,000 feet elevation in a cool climate and its appearance
is light with a wonderful bouquet, compared to Yata, meaning low
elevation which is grown in warmer conditions at sea level and is
darker in infusion, being strong."
By following the simple guidelines that are in each
pack on the type of water and brewing process, every tea drinker
can enjoy a wonderful new experience. Watte is an appreciation of
the uniqueness of character, aroma and flavour that these four regions
of Ceylon offer.
The Watte series took the most part of five years
of preparation and experienced tea taster Merrill J. Fernando invested
in tea gardens, specialist tea manufacture and state of the art
packing technology to follow his dream of genuine Boutique Tea,
for tea lovers worldwide to enjoy.
to their Gourmet appeal, the Teas are exquisitely presented, individually
foil-wrapped to retain freshness and flavour. A Limited
Edition Watte Tea Presenter (left) is also available for
the true Tea Aficionado.
"I wanted to share with tea drinkers my enjoyment almost every
day for the past fifty years in tasting a variety of unmistakably
different teas, each with its own subtle flavour, scent and mouthfeel.
Whether your preference is for strong, or light and delicate tea,
I guarantee you will find a tea to delight amongst my Watte Teas,"
And to fully enjoy each tea, Merrill suggests, "Carefully
follow my brewing guidelines when preparing Watte. Having prepared
the perfect cup, savour the delicacy of the aroma of each Watte
Tea and after you take each sip, allow the lingering aftertaste
to swirl around your mouth to appreciate the flavour to its completion".
The Dilmah Watte series of Boutique Teas will be
available at speciality and gourmet shops, and fine dining establishments
in Europe and Australiasia initially. Given the limited availability
of these very special teas, the line will have selective distribution.
For tea connoisseurs in areas where Watte is not available, the
Watte website www.watteseries.com
offers a Tea Sommelier service which will ship Watte on special
order. Dilmah Tea can be visited online at www.dilmahtea.com.
Dilmahs Watte range includes:
Watte (meaning Golden garden, in the style of Champagne!
From the roof of the paradise island at 6000 feet, it contains rivulets
of flavour that linger and refresh, enliven and delight. This beautiful
golden orange tea boasts an elegant lemony flavour.
A lively cup. Light and delicate in character. A light refreshing
palate with a mellow after-taste. Perfect with petit fours.
(meaning high garden), in the style of Pinot Noir! This tea grows
at 4000-5000 feet. The crisp, cool air creates a distinctive high
grown full bodied, rounded and refreshing blend. It brings out brilliance
of creamy richness and layered depth, with intense aroma.
More structured and well defined, while retaining a bright flavoury
tone. An intense nose with a splendid finish. Outstanding with baklava.
(meaning mid garden), in the style of Shiraz! This tea grows at
2000-3000 feet and is renowned as a mid grown strong, pungent, full-bodied
Strong and rich with greater depth. Full bodied and grippingly pungent.
Decadent with truffles.
(meaning low garden), in the style of Cabernet Sauvignon! This tea
grows beside the Indian Ocean up to 1000 feet. Black in appearance,
it is readily recognised as low grown heavy, robust, deep colour
tea. Plenty of personality, and dark and creamy in taste. Great
colour, drinks well. Brilliant with black forest cake.