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.
This family owned and managed estate is located in the Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka, overlooking the Sinharaja rainforest. Their climate is perfect for growing these slender, black, twisted leaves that produce a light amber cup.
The tea is smooth drinking, with complex flavors, and a full body that has a slightly malty taste. Wonderful as a light breakfast tea or for afternoon enjoyment!
Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
||Very elegant, rarefied cup of tea...
|A wonderful, crisp tea, still bold and big like other Ceylon teas but not earthy. Even the last sip from my cup (where with most teas I tend to notice a touch of sweetness and some dried fruit flavors) finished completely dry and clean. Thats what I mean by rarefied. Its like this tea was distilled down to nothing but its pure tea flavor. Unlike most teas it isnt reminiscent of other things, its just itself.|
||A really lovely tea
|Im so glad I stumbled across this one! It truly is exceptionally smooth, with a gentle hint of maltiness. I find it perfect for my morning and afternoon tea breaks at my desk.|
|- WILL, KY|