Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon and still referred to as Ceylon in the tea trade, produces principally black, or fully oxidized teas. There are 6 tea growing regions in Ceylon with elevations that range from 1,500 feet to a lofty 7,000 feet. These variations in altitude produce teas with distinct characteristics associated with the region in which they are grown, from the low grown teas mainly used in blending to the higher grown teas with their excellent brisk, fruity or floral flavor and bright amber cup.
This flavorful tea comes from the Dimbula region of Sri Lanka, in the lofty mountainous regions in the western part of the central highlands. The large black, well formed leaves brew to a bright amber cup with a rich full-bodied flavor and an oak-like finish.
This well-known estate sits in the foothills of Sri Lanka’s western slopes, among lush green highlands and majestic waterfalls. The Kenilworth estate has gained worldwide fame for producing high quality teas. The long, wiry, black leaves of Ceylon Kenilworth Estate produce a deep amber cup with an excellent body and a slightly sweet taste. Brew tea at 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
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 212º - steep for 3 minutes.
This tea comes from the Pettiagalla Estate, which is located in the town of Balangoda in the Ratnapura district, in the province of Sabaragamuwa. The estate tea bushes are located at altitudes ranging from 1670 to 3600 feet and the teas produced here are so consistent in high quality that Pettiagalla is considered one of the most prestigious tea gardens in Sri Lanka. The medium tightly curled leaves brew to an amber cup with a smooth, strong flavor that leaves the mouth feeling fresh and clean. This wonderful all-day tea can be drunk as is or with a slice of lemon to enhance the flavor.
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!
High in the mountains of the Nuwara Eliya district of Sri Lanka, at an elevation of 6,200 feet, resides the Mahagastotte Estate. The name Mahagastotte translates to "place with large trees". Their medium broken brown-black leaves brew to a golden cup with a smooth and slightly sweet earthy taste that is reminiscent of the musky taste of raspberries.
This small bio-dynamic tea estate is found in a remote area of the Uva region of Sri Lanka at an elevation of over 5,900 feet above sea level. High winds that blow through this garden result in teas with distinctive tastes. These large twisted black leaves brew to a copper colored cup with a heady light floral aroma and a slightly sweet apricot taste. A great afternoon tea!