June is National Iced Tea Month. Did you know that Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka makes GREAT Iced Tea? I hope as you read my blog, you will know much more about Ceylon tea.
I had the opportunity to visit the Colombo Tea Auction in Sri Lanka. I was a guest of the John Keells Group which owns tea companies as well as beautiful hotels among other things. It was a fascinating experience listening to tea being traded for distribution all over the world. The auctioneers were hard to understand. The only way I knew they were done with one lot of tea and moving on to the next is the gavel went down. Each transaction took usually less than a few minutes.
After the auction, our group was taken to a John Keells hotel for lunch. The hotel was stunning and modern. Sri Lanka is vying to become a tourist destination and the John Keells group is leading the way with beautiful hotels. You will see a few more of their hotels in my travel tea blogs later.
The lunch buffet was laid out beautifully! Here is just a sampling of the fruit and refreshing desserts offered!
After a great day of tea education, we headed back to the Galle Face Hotel for dinner and relaxation time. I mentioned in my last blog about a museum in the hotel and thought I would tell you a little about one item in it.