Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, has been providing excellent teas since the mid 1800's and is currently one of the largest tea producing countries in the world. Prior to the introduction of tea plants to Sri Lanka, this country was primarily known for its crops of cinnamon and coffee. Due to economic changes, which affected the cinnamon crop, and a fungal disease, which devastated the coffee plants, Ceylon began experimenting with tea plants in 1839. It wasn't until 1867, when James Taylor, a British planter, began a tea plantation in Kandy, that tea was established as a viable industry. His venture was soon followed by other tea gardens in and around the area.
Sri Lanka has 6 growing regions: Kandy, Uda Pussellawa, Uva, Ruhuna, Dimbula and Nuwara Eliya. The central highlands of Sri Lanka offer humidity, cooler temperatures and consistent rainfall, all of which provide a favorable environment for high quality teas.
Ceylon teas are best paired with foods such as breakfast meals (breads, eggs, smoked fish, bacon, etc.), light savory foods, meats, eggs, cream cheese, pastries and fruit, to name a few.
Located in the western area of Sri Lanka, in the mountainous region of Nuwara Eliya, the Lover's Leap Estate looks down onto the clouds. Local lore says that there is a cliff on the estate where lovers would leap off if they were forbidden to marry, hence the name Lover's Leap.
The large, black twisted leaves from this garden brew to a light amber cup with a forest aroma and a smooth and mellow taste.
Brew tea at 212ļ - steep for 3 minutes.
||Agree with previous review
|Wonderful, full-bodied tea! Smells divine!|
|- Kara, MO|
||Wow! Its Like a Fine Darjeeling
|This a very elegant tea...I was so pleasantly surprised...the description given says it all...forest aroma, mellow, and I would add intoxicating. It has more body than a Darjeeling, more depth of character, and yes, the forest aroma...its like no other tea Ive ever tasted. Deserves more than five stars!|
|- Francesca, NY|