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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 Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This is one of our most popular Sri Lankan teas. It has a dark red colour, is highly aromatic but has a very mild taste which is spicy with a slightly malty character. It is delicious served with a splash of cream.

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  2. 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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  3. Ceylon Montecristo

    Ceylon Montecristo Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Our lowest grown tea from the pretty Kandy District makes a refreshing breakfast tea and is ideal with milk or even cream. It has a full bodied, smoothly robust infusion with a lovely fragrance.

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  4. Ceylon Battalgalla Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Battalgalla Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A remarkable garden in the highest growing area of Nuwara Eliya producing a sophisticated, deep coloured but light, refreshing cup. The beautiful colour of the infusion can be truly appreciated when taken without milk and perhaps a slice of orange. It has an exquisite flavour and aroma. Nuwara Eliya is to Ceylon Tea what Champagne is to French Wine.

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  5. Ceylon Lovers Leap

    Ceylon Lovers Leap Broken Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This tea has a delicate, slightly reddish semi-broken leaf, golden in colour with a soft, highly aromatic cup typical of these altitudes. A top tea from this picturesque garden in the Nuwara Eliya district. The garden received its romantic name after a lady who jumped to her death from the cliffs together with her lover who was not befitting her rank.

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  6. Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The strikingly beautiful, black pine needle shaped leaf yields an infusion with a mild, sweetish, fruity flavour and light body. It is a dark red in colour with a fruity, spicy aroma. An outstanding garden producing a delicious and unique tasting tea which even neighbouring gardens cannot imitate. Grown to 5,000 feet up on the eastern slopes of Sri Lanka's central mountains, teas from the Nuwara Eliya district have quite a distinctive flavour.

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  7. 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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  8. Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This plantation produces a tea with a darker coloured infusion than most Uva District types with a full body. It also exhibits the usual spicy, fruit aroma.

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