1 Sep 2011

August Tasting Event

On Sunday evening, 7th August 2011, Dr. Joseph Jackman and Mr. Joel Walton hosted their monthly tasting event, this time featuring Kombucha, brewed locally by Elizabeth Chisholm.

What is Kombucha? Sometimes referred to as an “ancient elixir”, put simply, it is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the kombucha ‘scoby’ (symbiotic culture/colony of bacteria and yeast. The result is a refreshing beverage, often likened to sparkling apple cider, which has proven to be an effective metabolic balancer (helping the various organs work together), probiotic (supporting the beneficial bacteria), adaptogen (balancing processes that get out of kilter) and detoxifier. Kombucha has a wide range of organic acids, vitamins and enzymes that give it its extraordinary value.

Having Plantation House and gardens as your venue and back-drop, any event is automatically set up for enjoyment. With between twenty to thirty curious minds in attendance, Dr. Jackman and Joel led with a description of Plantation House, enlightening all eager ears with their eco-friendly farming methods, and information on the multitude of produce and plants available. Elizabeth followed with an overview of what Kombucha is, its numerous benefits and how it is made. This led to, as is the event title J, the tasting.

There were six different flavours on offer:

· Celtic Lychee (Celtic Breakfast & Lychee White Tea)

· Blackberry Lychee (Blackberry herbal tea & Lychee White Tea)

· Exotic Rooibos (South African Rooibos herbal tea & Lychee White Tea)

· Celtic Red (Celtic Breakfast and Vanilla Almond Rooibos tea)

· Bellini Bonanza (Peach Bellini Green Tea & Blackberry herbal tea)

· Ginger Peach Sun (Peach Bellini Green Tea and Decaf Ginger & Lemongrass)

All six flavours were enjoyed by most in attendance, and while the Celtic Lychee proved to be Dr. Jackman’s favourite, it was a tie between the Ginger Peach Sun and the Celtic Red as to which flavour could be bestowed with the ‘favourite’ title.

Suffice it to say, a lovely evening was had by all.

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