Crisp and citrussy with sweetly
exotic dried fruit notes
Kandy District, Sri Lanka
Continental breakfasts, omelettes,
Picked by hand
Kandy Heights, Sri Lanka
Our relationship with the Craighead Estate goes way back, so it's a pleasure to offer this superb FBOP tea from them. Lying in the hilly Kandy district, home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the estate's tea garden sits at around 1100 metres above sea level, surrounded by breathtaking peaks and valleys. Craighead is the ultimate medium-grown Ceylon estate, its garden benefitting from the region's near-perfect climate. This tea was harvested during the 'western quality season', when the early year monsoons hit the east of the island and draw cool, drying air up through the western slopes. This quickly dries the new leaves on the bush and helps seal in their freshness.
Although only small, Sri Lanka is the fourth largest tea producing country in the world, thanks to its ideal conditions. Rugged and mountainous, Sri Lanka's teas (known by the country's colonial name 'Ceylon') are classified by the height at which they grow. Low-grown teas from below 600 metres are strong and full-bodied, while high-grown teas from above 1200 metres are the epitome of elegance. But we favour balance in all things, like this impeccable medium-grown Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe. With fruity depths, exotic complexities and a citrus freshness, it's the perfect any-time Ceylon.
LEAF APPEARANCE:Short, dark and uniformly wiry broken leaves
AROMA:Mountain herbs, dried mango and citrus peel
TASTE:Candied citrus, sweet grapes and ginger biscuits
THE ART OF PREPARATION
KANDY HEIGHTS BLACK TEA
This is our recommended brewing guide, but by all means adjust to your own taste.
- Warm your teapot and cups with boiling water.
- Discard the water and add two level teaspoons of tea to your pot.
- Add 250ml / 9oz water (i.e. one teacup or small mug) at 100°C / 212°F.
- Place the lid on the pot and steep for three-to-five minutes. Stir, then strain the tea into your cup.
- Serve with a slice of lemon or splash of milk, as desired.