Dilmah opened a revitalised t-Lounge at the Arcade Mall, with a refreshed menu of tea, food and a fabulous new vibe

Colombo’s favourite place for tea inspired relaxation and chat has undergone a makeover. The t-Lounge by Dilmah at Arcade Independence Square is revitalised with the signature casually elegant style of Dilmah’s t-Lounges. The first t-Lounge by Dilmah made its debut on Chatham Street at the Dutch Hospital Square and was soon followed by the t-Lounge at Arcade Independence Square. Formed around a 21st Century Tea Experience, and the vision that ‘teatime rocks’, Dilmah’s t-Lounges have been a resounding success at home and abroad.

Family Tea company Dilmah is known for its uncompromising commitment to quality, purity of origin, freshness and genuine ethics. Merrill J. Fernando, challenged the European domination of Sri Lanka’s great tea industry when he launched Dilmah Tea in 1988. It was the first time a grower in the tea, coffee or cocoa industries had overcome the colonial economic domination of their industries that persisted after their independence.

The t-Lounge by Dilmah expresses the family values that form the heart of Dilmah whilst shedding the dated image that tea has acquired. Tea inspired gastronomy, mixology, a selection of gourmet black, oolong, green and seasonal teas and infusions offered hot, chilled, sparkling, in a constantly evolving choice of chais, mocktails and more, are the attraction at the t-Lounge. The Dilmah Family as Merrill J. Fernando and his sons are known, continue to challenge convention in their commitment to innovation in tea.

Merrill J. Fernando shared his total commitment to tea with his elegant declaration, “I devoted my life to tea,” and added “in making my business a matter of human service to fulfil my wish to share the blessing of success that Dilmah has received, I have the joy of offering the pleasure in fine tea, and making sure that each cup brings a smile to the faces of children, women and men who are in need.”

Dilhan C. Fernando echoed the love for tea that is evident in his father’s words commenting, “Tea is more relevant than ever to our lives in this 21st Century and as a new generation embraces tea for its natural goodness, serenity and inspiring variety, it is our desire to honour tradition in making the finest tea on earth in the artisanal style, whilst crafting experiences that make nature’s healing herb relevant to the lives of millennials and centennials. Teatime rocks, is not simply a tagline but our sincere belief.”

There was extra inspiration after Merrill J. Fernando and guests at the launch event painted the t-logo in vivid colour, as a musical flashmob burst into chorus. Linked to the first ever Asia Pacific Choir Games that started the day prior, and Dilmah’s support for the participating choirs, the Soul Sounds Academy Choir joined guests at the t-Lounge and burst into song with a Dilmah inspired version of ‘Tea for Two’.

Dilmah offers the t-Lounge experience in several locations around Sri Lanka including Dutch Hospital Square on Chatham Street, at the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, by the beach in Negombo and at Arcade Independence Square. Overseas, Dilmah has t-Lounges in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Dubai (UAE), Kuwait with the European debut of the concept due in December.

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