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Premium or Earl Grey: What Should Your Go-To Black Tea Be?

Premium or Earl Grey: What Should Your Go-To Black Tea Be?

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a cup of strong black tea to start or end your day. From its origin story to the art of preparing and storing your tea, here’s all you need to know about Dilmah South Africa’s top selling Ceylon black teas: Dilmah Premium tea, and Earl Grey.

How It’s Made
What makes Dilmah’s black tea the finest of Ceylon tea is how it’s handmade. The skilled method of plucking tea includes nipping the bud and two leaves around it. Once the leaves have been plucked and gathered, they are then dried until 50% of its moisture content is reduced. Once withered, the leaves are rolled by mechanical tea rollers that separate and break them, before being fermented, dried and sifted for packaging.  

What Does a Cup of Premium Ceylon Tea Promise You?
Dilmah Premium offers every tea drinker the finely balanced richness, flavour, strength and aroma for the perfect cup of tea. Sourced from a single origin; the central highlands of Sri Lanka, reputed for its brightness and medium strength – perfect if you enjoy tea with milk! Pure Ceylon Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) produces a pleasing brew, ideal for everyday drinking. Even in Cape town, every sip from Dilmah’s Premium Ceylon tea introduces you to the romance of real Ceylon tea.

Who is Earl Grey Tea For?
It's for lovers of fine tea and bergamot! Dilmah’s Earl Grey was once voted the best in the world because it offers a distinctive, elegant tea that is perfect for any time of the day. Here’s an Earl Grey Chocolate Chai recipe we insist you try on a chilly day.

What You Need: 

50 ml Dilmah Earl Grey tea (5 min. brew)                         
200 ml Full Cream Milk (hot)                                        
10g Cocoa powder                                           
3 Marshmallows
2tsp Sugar (optional)

How to Make It: 

  • Brew 2g of Earl Grey tea for 5 minutes in 100ml of hot water (90c - 100c)
  • Pour the tea and balance ingredients into a jar and mix well.
  • Strain it, pour into mug and serve hot.
  • Finally, garnish with marshmallow and enjoy it hot!

Health Benefits of Ceylon Tea
Tea can help you stay healthy. In fact, experts recommend drinking 3 – 4 cups a day to make the most of its health benefits. Fresh Ceylon tea is filled with antioxidants, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, and minerals that aid in preventing certain illnesses. Some of the health benefits include reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the risk of oral diseases. The polyphenols and caffeine present in black tea alleviates fatigue and is known to have a protective effect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Tea, as it contains zero calories, without additions like milk or sugar, can help you in your weight loss journey. 

What Makes these Teas Extra Special?
They are genuinely ethical teas! In 1985, Dilmah Founder – Merrill J. Fernando ensured that all his teas are packed fresh, right where it is grown and sent directly to you, thereby becoming the world’s first producer-owned tea brand run by a family in Sri Lanka. That’s not all, CSR is part of Dilmah’s philosophy, 15% of their earnings help fund humanitarian work through the MJF Charitable Foundation and environmental initiatives through Dilmah Conservation.  

Both Ceylon teas are available in loose tea format or as taggles tea bags, here:

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