8000 feet above sea level in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, you will find the stunning Nuwara Eliya Estate. The fertile soil and temperate climate create the perfect home for some of the world’s finest black teas, including AVANTCHA’s Ceylon Orange Pekoe. With a robust flavour and subtle citrus aroma, this is a fine example of the heritage of Sri Lankan tea.
Ceylon Orange Pekoe is a top grade Sri Lankan black tea with a unique, full character with hints of orange. The term ‘Orange Pekoe’ does not refer to the citrus aroma but instead is a sign of its grade. While there is no universal grading system for tea, Sri Lanka and India use the term Orange Pekoe to refer to high quality harvests that consist of whole leaves and few twigs. An easy way to judge the quality of tea is to see that it is not chopped into small pieces and that the debris, such as twigs, have been removed.
When dry the leaves are likely to be thin and twisted but once brewed they will unfurl to show lovely large leaves.
History of Tea in Sri Lanka
What started out as an experiment in botany, the tea industry in Sri Lanka is a fascinating success story. The first tea plant was brought to Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) in 1824 for non commercial purposes. Soon after plants were brought by the East India Company from Assam and Calcutta. When visiting tea plantations across the world the obvious similarity is the high altitude and steep terrain. Tea needs a mild, humid climate with plenty of rainfall to flourish. It was realised that the hills of Sri Lanka were as ideal for growth as the older plantations of India and China. By 1852 Ceylon was growing tea for commercial use and by the 1960s was the largest exporter of tea in the world. Today, Sri Lanka is the 3rd largest exporter behind only China and India.
The perfect brew to start the day with. Enjoy the fragrant aroma of Ceylon Orange Pekoe either on its own, with a splash of milk or a slice of lemon.