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An Evening with Ceylon Tea | Tony Lyte | Wellington

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Dilmah t- Lounge has certainly changed my view to tea.

I had the opportunity to go to a foodie’s cup of tea evening, on 4th December 2021. This took place at the t-lounge by Dilmah, in Wellington, and through an invitation by my workmate, Harsha. I was a little apprehensive about going at the beginning. Mainly because I was not a tea-drinking person. 

I grew up in London, from 1952. My parents were tea drinkers, but only one or possibly two cups a day, at the most. I never drank tea and my first real experience of drinking tea happened when I was about 16 years of age. This was at the half-time and full time, when I played football (Soccer) with the  cold English Winters, a cup of tea went down very well with all the players, supporters, and everyone else is around at that time. 

So that evening at the t -Lounge, was something I had never experienced before. Going out for an evening and not drinking one drop of alcohol was a new experience. But the evening was very enjoyable. The person who I sat with was a really nice young Sri Lankan boy named Rahul and he helped me a lot, with the overall experience of the evening. 

I enjoyed all the teas and the accompanying food, very nice. Though I was encouraged to have more sugar in certain cups of tea I have been- weaning myself of sugar over the last 20 years.

I have a lot of ginger in a smoothie I make every morning. The peel from the ginger, I keep and put with a tea bag and a drop of soy milk. No sugar I’m afraid. 

Anyway, I’m drinking a cup of tea every evening now. So the enjoyable evening at the t- Lounge has certainly changed my view to tea.

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