Get Ready for the Toughest Tea Challenge

Brace yourself to face the Toughest Tea Challenge in the World and be prepared to celebrate the delight and joy of tea making as 21 teams from 14 countries compete against each other for the ultimate prize. The Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge which started in the year 2007, brings to life the concept that Merrill J. Fernando, the founder of Dilmah Tea, developed to put the ‘tea’ back in high tea. The distinguished panel of judges, Bernd Uber – recipient of the exclusive and revered Sidney Taylor Memorial Black Hat Award; Dilhan C. Fernando – Director Dilmah School of Tea and the visionary force of Dilmah Tea Gastronomy; Simon Gault – Master Chef New Zealand judge and; Peter Kuruvita – Award winning Chef and Restaurateur will assess the teams on various criteria such as knowledge on exact tastes of different teas, perfect brew and usage of sustainable ingredients and choose the team that is worthy to hold the esteemed title – Global Real Tea Champion.

The matcha goddess salad and smoked salmon sandwich (half size) are a pair made in “teaven” at Essencha Tea House in Cincinnati. The smoked salmon is served on ciabatta between thinly cut cucumber slices and lightly topped with wasabi mayo for some kick. The matcha goddess dressing is light, barely flavored, with notes of onions and herbs—a welcome counterpoint to the salty smoked salmon and wasabi mayo. All of the ingredients are locally sourced and fresh. Having had a “behind the scenes” tour of the teashop for an event, I can confidently recommend Essencha as a place to relax, sip and enjoy a healthy and delicious meal. Oolongs and green teas are great to pair with this meal.

Want something sweet? Essencha’s got it and more.

3212A Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (Oakley)

Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm (kitchen closes an hour before shop closes)

These guys are awesome!Not only do they roast great coffee they love tea. They take pride in their tea menu and work on selecting some of the best teas and herbals from around the world which is so great to see.Thanks @dutchcolony for the hospitality today , it was one of the highlights of my trip.#teaspecialist #teapairing #teasomellier #blacktea #greentea #whitetea #organicherbal #singapore #singaporetea #dutchcolony #coffee #coffeelovers (at Defu Lane 10)

Tea Pairing

This is what we treated ourselves to at 1AM after hours of cooking and cleaning the kitchen: (Also paired with a few episodes of Parks and Recreation on Netflix.)

Tazo Cocoa Mint Mate with warm chocolate chip cookie and butter pecan ice-cream/ warm brownie and ice-cream.

And last week, we had this pairing:
Trader Joe’s pomegranate white tea with almond butter and jam sandwiches.

The Cocoa Mate tea is wonderful, robust and vanilla-y; my new favorite tea.

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