The 45th School of Tea which debuted in Barcelona on 26th October 2016 shared with over 60 participants, immersive, passionate knowledge on tea and showed them in a hands-on experience the absolute versatility of tea. An astonishing 2030 cups of tea were brewed in Barcelona alone! The resource leaders at the school included Dilhan C. Fernando- Director of the School of Tea and elder son of Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando, Betty Koster- Cheese and Tea Pairing Professional, Robert Schinkel- Award Winning Mixologist, and Professor Bob Grimble- Emeritus Professor at Southampton University.

The reputed school which was set up for a day at The Hilton in Barcelona, Spain featured a tasting of the most rarest and exclusive of all teas, the Uva Seasonal Flush of 2016, by hospitality professionals from around the world. The programme opened with the introduction to Dilmah, History of Tea and Discovering Taste. The latter included a short film on Dilmah's artisanal manufacturing process so that participants could actually see the story behind their cup, followed by the presentation and tasting of four teas and one infusion; brewed were the Brilliant Breakfast, Tie Guan Yin, Green Tea with Jasmine Flowers, Ceylon Silver Tips and Pure Camomile. The next segment featured Why Ceylon Tea is Different with a tasting of the Watta teas, all presented by Dilhan C. Fernando.

The programme commenced with the highly anticipated tasting of a tea produced by a phenomenon of nature, the Uva Seasonal Flush of 2016. Other areas covered were How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea with a hands-on exercise; an in-depth practical exercise of Pairing Tea with Food of 10 varieties; a lesson on Health Benefits of Tea in Relevance to a Modern Lifestyle presented by Professor Bob Grimble; an immersive experience of Tea and Cheese pairing presented by Betty Koster; an exam to test what the participants have learned so far; the revolution of "Tea Inspired"; training on Tea Mixology and Making Chai with Robert Schinkel followed by a practical exercise on making iced tea and a group challenge on making an original tea inspired drink.

The 45th School of Tea concluded with the participants' exam results and announcement of the winning group in the tea inspired challenge and presentation of certificates. Dilmah's School of Tea, which has received accreditation by the World Association of Chefs' Societies (WACS) as a training school for tea, has an international presence in many countries including France, Australia, China, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand and 11 others. Over 60 tea revolutionaries walked away from Barcelona, joining the 3045 participants from all over the world who have passed through this enlighteningly rich course on tea, accumulating knowledge and, in turn, inspiring passion.

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