An authentic chai recipe that combines artisanal clove, ginger, cinnamon and lemongrass with a medium strength Ceylon Single Estate Tea produces a very unique all natural Chai. Pungent with the aroma and taste of fresh spice, the tea produces complex, spicy aromas and flavours; clove dominated, yielding then to ginger and cinnamon, finally presenting a hint of lemongrass. A deliciously full bodied and spicy Chai that leaves the palate invigorated and fresh.
Tasting tea is an art that can be perfected only through experience. Experts undergo years of training in order to develop their pallet but even they can disagree on the variances of the character of the tea. All teas have a unique profile and we believe that there is a systematic approach towards tea tasting. It helps one relate the sensor character of tea to its terroir and the production process behind it- leaving you with a better understanding and appreciation for the liquor.
It is best to taste tea when you are in the right mindset- for many of us, that entails when we are full of energy and creativity. Only then can you appreciate the spirit of tea and experience a delicate balance of peace, comfort and finesse.
Nilagama (or Neelagama) Estate is located in the wet zone lowland of South West Sri Lanka. The estate was established in the early 19th century by British planters who pioneered tea planting in Sri Lanka. Since 2001, when Dilmah took over the management of the Estate, a lot of work has gone into infrastructure development, field development and human resource development. The Estate now produces some of the finest teas in Sri Lanka, with the rich flavours, colour and aroma that were present many years ago returning to its tea.