Merrill J. Fernando dedicated his life to tea when in the 1950s, he saw the concentration of ownership in the tea industry in the hands of a few large corporations. This was leading to the commoditisation of tea. He decided that in the interest of tea drinkers around the world, and the crop that his country produced with so much care and artistry, he would fight this process of commoditisation.
It took him nearly four decades and in 1988 he launched his own brand – Dilmah. Dilmah was the first producer owned tea brand, and offered tea ‘picked, perfected and packed’ at origin. Unlike the multi-origin blends that monopolised supermarket shelves, Dilmah brought tea that is freshly packed at source and therefore rich in flavour and natural goodness.
Dilmah is unique; a brand that is founded on a passionate commitment to quality and authenticity in tea, it is also a part of a philosophy that goes beyond commerce in seeing business as a matter of human service. This is what makes Dilmah the first ethically produced tea.
Seven Star Luxury Tea Services
The sense of place or terroir that each tea is imbued with conspires deliciously with the constantly changing influence of Nature to produce infinite variety in flavour, strength and aroma. Each tea is individual, possessed of a personality that is as distinctive as it is natural. There is a tea for every mood, for every occasion and every individual.
Dilmah presents an unmatched selection of teas, each tasted and selected with the benefit of decades of experience in tea, and most importantly with passion and care. Our range offers tea for supermarkets, gourmet foodshops, gift and upscale hospitality. The variety includes traditional Speciality Tea, Herbal Infusions, pure Green Tea, Fun flavoured Tea, Spiced Chais, Organic Tea, and our boutique Watte and t-Series.
With the sophistication of tea and the aura of opulence and rich heritage it commands, tea lends itself well to be placed as an essential in the modern world. The Dilmah Seven Star Luxury Tea Experience is designed to offer a unique experience in tea to guests in any hospitality situation. Dilmah offers a wide range of products specially created for the travel and hospitality sector. Additionally, the much needed training in the art of tea and knowledge sharing takes place through custom designed programmes as well as the Dilmah School of Tea sessions.