Three exciting documentaries
Coming summer 2016
a taste from the source:
a 'cuppa' tea in sri lanka
'A Taste from the Source' is a new series that takes the viewer to exotic destinations where they will be introduced to drinks that are synonymous with that country. In the first documentary we'll travel to Sri Lanka and take a behind the scenes look at their tea industry. We'll enroll in the Dilmah 'School of Tea' for a comprehensive introduction to tea, then visit their HQ in Colombo followed by a visit to Black Orthodox and Green Tea factories in the mid and high countries. From there we'll pay a visit to Tsara Tea in the low country for a look at 100% organic Green Tea produced for a niche market. We'll also trace teas origins and look at how the industry is evolving to attract new consumers. From Dilmah's t-lounge serving tea cocktails at the Grand Hotel in Newara Eliya, to Tea Avenue's offering of milk tea in Colombo we'll see first hand how the industry is reinventing itself...and of course we'll be passing through some stunning backdrops as we traipse through Sri Lanka visiting the different locations.
a taste from the source:
a glass of Arrack in sri lanka
Sri Lanka doesn't just produce tea. In fact their national drink is a liquor known as Arrack. For this 'Taste from the Source' documentary we'll visit the 'Toddy Tappers' as they tap the coconut flower for Arrack's main ingredient, coconut sap, or toddy. Sri Lanka has long produced Arrack and as its only ingredients are toddy and water it is perhaps the purest liquor on the planet. We'll taste the toddy fresh from the coconut flower, then visit Rockland Distillery where the toddy is taken to be distilled. From there we'll head off to check on the liquor as it ages in giant Halmilla wood vats until it's 'just right' for bottling. From toddy tapping to bottling we'll see how the best Coconut Arrack is made....and naturally we'll see some stunning Sri Lankan scenery along the way.
sri lanka on three wheels
Sri Lanka, exotic, spicy, land of many religions, beautiful beaches, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and of course, thousands of 'three wheelers!' And what better way to visit such a unique country then behind the bars of my very own three wheeler, or 'Tuk Tuk?' Yes, we'll visit those same beaches, climb Sigiriya, try some local food and of course explore the tea country, all at a leisurely top speed of 65 kph. We'll meet some gem miners, visit museums, temples and meet a 'toddy tapper' as he harvests the coconut flower for the Sri Lankan national drink, Arrack. There will of course be 'hoppers' for breakfast, king coconut for lunch, and some of the best tea in the world for an afternoon cuppa. Sri Lanka is a magical destination, come explore with me on three wheels and get a better feel for this emerging gem of a country.
i would like to thank the following companies for
their assistance while filming in Sri Lanka
Imagine that, getting to spend time with Sri Lanka's most recognizable brand and the one that planted the seed for this trip four years ago. Looking forward to meeting the folks at Dilmah and learning about their story.
I am very pleased to announce that Galaboda Organic Green Tea Factory will be one of my three 'host' estates while I visit Sri Lanka. Galaboda is a third generation tea estate located in the Sri Lankan Low Country at the south end of the island. For a closer look at Galaboda check out this video.
Ever heard of a 'Toddy Tapper?' Neither had I but Rockland Distillers have agreed to show me the Arrack distilling process from tapping to bottling. Looking forward to that!
The Jetwing group have very graciously offered to assist me while in Sri Lanka. They have the island covered with some stunning properties not to mention the Islands most comprehensive Eco-Holidays offerings. I'm very much looking forward to spending time with them.
For the consumer side of things Tea Avenue in Colombo have agreed to host me and show me the retail side from their shop in Colombo. I've never had a cup of 'milk tea.' Should be interesting!
For motorcycle and 'tuk tuk' rentals call Rocky at 'Pick & Go' in Negombo.
Thanuja Kanchana at the Grand Oriental Hotel is a great resource for anyone going to Sri Lanka and looking for an experienced travel advisor.