The Challenge


The Challenge

A journey of 8 years, spanning South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

  • 710contestants forming 355 teams
  • 14 countries
  • 1,420 tea inspired beverages
  • 88 Gold Medals

It all started with a desire to offer tea to a new generation. Tea with style, substance and natural goodness. We chose to transform the world’s tea ceremony – afternoon tea. The most popular global tea drinking occasion, so clearly defined by 18th Century tradition, more than two centuries later.

The Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge stirred up the world of tea. Tea is luxury. Tea is indulgence. Tea is without parallel. It was clear that there is no better way to express the diversity, subtle influence of nature on taste, flavour, fragrance, character of tea than through gastronomy. We partnered with Chefs and hospitality professionals in redrawing the boundaries for tea.

Revolution! Tea like you have never experienced before. Sophisticated cuisine, brilliant mixology, elegant presentation, culinary theatre and personal stories of tea – all built around respect for tea. Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century.

Dilmah Real High Tea is much more than an indulgence. Tea is a healing herb, first celebrated as a medicine. 5,000 years later, we need the benefits in tea more than ever. Research suggests that tea protects from every lifestyle disease including stress, many cancers, heart disease and dementia. Tea demands respect though, and only perfect brewing will unlock the unique benefits that Camellia Sinensis offers.

The Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge has shared the word on the natural goodness, serenity and luxurious indulgence in tea with the world, at Challenges from Paris to Perth, Auckland to Amsterdam. Our tea inspired Challengers are all exceptional – pioneers in reimagining the experience of the world’s most popular beverage after water. Together we are creating history as we bring tea into the 21st Century, and its sublime, natural goodness and pleasure with a new generation.

This is the renaissance of tea. We wish each of our tea inspired contestants success. May the best team win.