We stumbled onto SMAKS BESPOKE TEAS, a local tea company, at Magdalena’s Pembois Buffet Restaurant in Tobago.
The SMAKS tea collection is the brainchild of Kiran Akal, a Trinidadian with a lifelong love for tea. There are seven teas available — Barbados Silver, Tobago Afternoon, Trinidad Breakfast; Bermuda Pink, Antillean Green, Grenadines Purple and Caribbean Chai.
Our tea pick at Magdalena’s brunch was the Caribbean Chai, which was so lovely that we ordered it twice.
Address - The West Indies Tea Company, Valpark Shopping Plaza, Valsayn, Trinidad
Retail Outlets - Teas can be ordered directly from Smaks Bespoke Teas and AhPiece.com, a local online retailer of artisan products, also sells Smaks Bespoke Teas.
TRUSTED REVIEW: “Tea is poured. It is then I know I am in the presence of magic. This is one of Akal’s new range of blended teas. Barbados Silver has a gentle flavour, the product of leaves picked on the first day or two of the season, balanced by the addition of rosebuds.” Caribbean Beat Magazine (October/November 2011)