national drink of Ethiopia is Tej, a golden sweet honey-wine. Tej is a mead that
is indigenous to Ethiopia with roots going back to the 4th century.
This legendary wine is the oldest beverage known to mankind. For Centuries this
delicious wine has been produced from pure honey in many forms. In Ethiopia mainly
women have been producing this wine for millennia, though men also play the main
roles in tasting it for approval. Ethiopia has the largest bee population in Africa,
thus making Ethiopia the fourth largest producer of honey in the world. As a result,
Ethiopia could well have been a major honey exporter; instead 80% of its honey
goes locally for the production of Tej (Honey Wine).
basic ingredients to make a premium Tej are essentially pure honey, and hand cultivated
‘Gesho’, organic hops, found only on the highlands of Ethiopia.
Depending on the desired taste, the time required for processing this organic
wine could take several months.
Although somewhat similar to the production
of wine, Tej requires special supervision and care. The choice of high quality
honey, fermentation and time of maturing are all important factors influencing
the fine quality of this ancient wine. Unlike other wine, our Tej is a naturally
fermented wine that is absolutely made without any sulfites or preservatives.
Ethiopia, Tej is consumed at mealtimes and as a cocktail. Traditionally, it was
also used to toast the bride and groom at weddings.
extract of the Gesho parts a bitter quality to the Tej making it the ideal drink
to complement the Ethiopian spicy food. The honey- sweet, bitter, dry tone of
Tej is enhanced by the food.
are proud to say that we have brought to this part of the world a drink that is
central to an ancient culture and history of Ethiopia.
are filled with Tej, they contain the same golden drink that was enjoyed by Queen
of Sheba and King Solomon in 950 BC. Enjoy it slightly chilled. As we say in Ethiopia
Le tenachin! To our health!
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