Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
Last year, my folks visited with us for a week, which was super cool! It was the week of my birthday so it was extra special. We did a couple of “touristy” things with them – a first for Pete and I since being here.
One of the days was a visit to the Bois Cheri (Wood Darling) Tea Plantation – it was brilliant! You see, I am a tea-addict, albeit that I have managed to cut back to about 6 cups a day!
Anyways, the plantation itself is beyond beautiful, with manicured lawns, hundreds of tree ferns and a big lake (previously a crater), and thousands of tea bushes all neatly planted – just my cup-of-tea, everything all neat and tidy! There is an explosion of green all around and so spacious! I honestly didn’t feel like I was still in Mauritius!
We started with a taste-explosion, nouvelle cuisine style lunch at the Le Bois Cheri Restaurant (tea chutney included) followed by a guided tour of the tea factory. It is incredible to see the process the humble little tealeaf takes from being picked to our cups! We ended our tour with a degustation (tea-tasting) with all the different teas now produced at Bois Cheri, including coconut, mint, bergamot (Earl Grey), vanilla, fruity-something-or another, a herbal tea and green tea (plain and Jasmine). Fun, fun, fun!
I highly recommend a visit to the tea plantation if you visit Mauritius.