The experience of enjoying fine tea is an intensely personal one. When using fresh, good quality tea, there is no good or bad flavour - the tea that is good for you is the tea that you enjoy. Most teas on supermarket shelves today, are blends from many origins and offer an almost generic taste - similar across different brands and varieties. If tea were that basic, there would be no pleasure in this beguiling herb. Tea offers a spectrum of flavours, aromas and infusions and until I was able to bring my Watte Series to fruition, many of these were beyond the reach of tea lovers, they remained almost a Teamakers Private Reserve. Now, in a small way I hope to introduce consumers to the secrets of this great industry so that every tea drinker could share with me some of the tastes which brought me immense pleasure over the years.
My Watte Series of Single Region Teas recognizes the individuality of every tea drinker. A selection of distinctly different teas from the four premier tea growing regions of Ceylon, each possessing its own bouquet, mouthfeel and flavour. These are teas I have savoured as a tea taster, always dreaming of a day when I could extend the pleasure outside the inner circle of Ceylon Teamen. As a young man I set myself the task of bringing quality back to tea - the same quality that your ancestors once enjoyed but which, the commoditization of tea by large multinational companies denied later generations. Through my Dilmah, I have brought the world's finest tea, back to supermarket shelves. And now you can enjoy that quality in my Watte Series - the fulfillment of my lifelong mission.
Merrill J. Fernando Master Tea Taster and Founder of Dilmah