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Ceylon Tea

Ceylon Tea | Imperial Teas

The four growing areas of this paradise island produce teas at different times of the year depending on the prevailing monsoon wind. The higher gardens produce medium bodied liquors with a bright refreshing flavour, sweet aroma and delightful colour. The lower areas give a darker, stronger cup especially the broken "orange pekoes". Kandy, the district of gemstones yields fine but robust teas. The Uva district has teas with good body, a little bite and fine character. Over the mountains in Dimbula are found teas with clean, fruity flavours and coppery red colour, perfect for the afternoon. Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by mountain peaks up to 9000ft and fed by pure streams have a lighter, crisp flavour and bright, clear colour, again ideal for the afternoon. Teas from Ceylon are generally lower in caffeine and tannin. The term "Orange Pekoe" and "Broken Orange Pekoe" are synonymous with Ceylon teas and refers to the second leaf down the stem. Pekoe comes from the Chinese "Pak Ho" which means white hair after the downy hairs found on the underside of the best leaves. In character they sit somewhere between the body of Assam and the floweriness of darjeeling. All these teas can be taken with milk or a slice of orange. Adjust strength and brewing times accordingly.

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  1. Ceylon Precious Jewel

    Ceylon Precious Jewel Black Tea

    A real speciality, this rare tea has a smooth, malty character and richness reminiscent of the finest Assam with a very elegant leaf, edged with silver and gold. The sweet honey-like aroma, with tones of apricot and exotic flowers, lifts Precious Jewel above the ordinary realm of Ceylon teas. The honey character transfers into the cup, enhancing the full and well-balanced creamy flavour, which also carries nuances of chocolate, vanilla and blackcurrant. Learn More

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  2. Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Our most popular Sri Lankan tea manages to capture all of the qualities of the Uva district tea growing area. It has the richness and colour of the mid-elevation teas, which carry notes of black treacle, currants and plum, and the fine high notes that evoke grapefruit zest, minty menthol tones and a green wood edge. Learn More
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  3. Ceylon Ruhunu Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ruhunu Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A very distinctive, large leaf that gives a satisfying, good coloured infusion. Brightly flavoured with nuances of spice and fruit. The soil of Ruhunu, combined with the low elevation of the estates, causes the tea-bush to grow rapidly, producing a long, beautiful leaf that turns intensely black on withering and is particularly suited to ‘rolling’.

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  4. Ceylon Montecristo

    Ceylon Montecristo Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    With malty, citrus undertones and a sweet, floral, jasmine, cypress aroma, this tea typifies the famous character of Dimbula district teas. At the peak point of the year in February and March, the leaves are full of concentrated volatile oils, which allow tea makers to produce a distinctive, regional flavour profile. It has a fruity aftertaste with hints of blackcurrant leaf, which adds to the refreshing quality of its infusion. Learn More
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  5. Ceylon Battalgalla Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Battalgalla Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This tea carries a complex array of aromatics and flavours. Darker notes of dried fruit, plum, molasses, malt are balanced with a touch of sharp citrus and menthol notes such as mint and eucalyptus. Nuwara Eliya produces tea with a unique flavour. The air is scented with the fragrance of the cypress trees that grow in abundance and mentholated with the wild mint and eucalyptus. Learn More
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  6. Ceylon Lovers Leap

    Ceylon Lovers Leap Broken Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The tea has a delicate, slightly reddish semi-broken leaf which brews a highly aromatic, robust infusion perfect with milk. It has refreshing astringency, reminiscent of lemon peel that is balanced by the nuanced darker notes of real ale malt and raisins. A top tea from this picturesque area in the Nuwara Eliya district. Learn More
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  7. Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A mild, large leaf tea with a fruity quality, reminiscent of peach, rose and citrus. Subtle notes of malt and dried fruit afford a smooth aftertaste with an exquisite tanginess. Wedged between the Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts on the eastern slopes of the hill country, Uda Pussellawa is a small town almost entirely dedicated to tea cultivation. Learn More
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  8. Ceylon Dotel Oya Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Dotel Oya Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A fine high grown tea with a fruity aroma, good body and pale colour making it a classic afternoon tea. Dotel Oya is in the Western Hill area, close to Bible Rock in the Uva District.

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  9. Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The typical Uva district flavour is in evidence, with dark fruit, molasses and fragrant woody notes providing a deep character, in balance with citrus fruit peel and mentholated tones. Learn More
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