Why is Sri Lankan Tea Special?
Ceylon tea is special, which is why tea produced in Sri Lanka is among the most sought after, fragrant and flavorful teas in the world. The secret to this is the varying elevations at which the Ceylon tea is grown, as the natural elements infuse the tea with a natural bouquet, flavor and color. Watawala Ceylon company has a total of 17 estates located across three elevations, Low Grown, Mid Grown and High Grown. Their teas are garden fresh and packed at source with each cup retaining the fresh and irresistible flavor of its origins.
Ceylon tea is famed for its outstanding quality and superior, unparalleled taste and variety of tea. According to the 2017 EU Surveillance Report, Ceylon tea was marked as the cleanest tea in the market with regard to the pesticides and other chemicals usually found in tea. In 1997 and 1999, ISO declared Ceylon tea as the cleanest when it came to pesticide residue. The island was also the first to achieve the status of being “Ozone Friendly Tea” by the Montreal Protocol Treaty.
Known for its malty taste, the flagship Kenilworth Estate, produces single origin Ceylon tea with a 100% Orthodox manufacturing process, enjoyed by tea devotees around the world. Sandwiched between two main rivers, Kelani and Mahaweli in the lush central hills of Sri Lanka, Kenilworth has a unique soil and elevation that brings out the larger tea leaf grades that produce a copper colored, aromatic tea that is both energizing and refreshing. It embodies the exquisite taste of the Dimbula region and Mid Grown range tea. Kenilworth Estate produces four different grades of tea. The tea produced here is light, with an appealing caramel aftertaste, which is why the Zesta Connoisseur Collection includes teas from this single origin estate, produced only by using the highest quality of leaf “BOPF”.
Originally owned and managed by M/s Gorden Frazer & Co Ltd, the name Kenilworth can be traced back to a magnificent castle situated in Warwickshire in the UK.
The Waltrim Estate mark has always been synonymous with high quality tea and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs throughout the world. This mark is the fact that the tea produced here has an origin steeped in tradition that maintains its aesthetic quality while evolving its commercial value over the years. The state of the art manufacturing plant, located at Waltrim, uses the Orthodox and Rotovarvane manufacturing processes to maintain its unique legacy and define its future path. The positioning and elevation of the factory allows for an amplified natural air flow and ventilation. Every cup of tea from the prestigious Waltrim Estate takes the drinker on a journey of its history that spans over a century, with its high grown, flavorful and seasonal, quality teas.
The unique Dimbula soil and elevation of Waltrim estate guarantees that High Grown tea has the true taste of Ceylon tea that is well known and loved across the world. Bright, aromatic, refreshing and energizing. These are trademarks of tea produced in the Dimbula region.
Located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the Hatton region, the Shannon Estate is one of the earliest gardens established in Ceylon. The tea produced here has a distinct flavor,owing to the unique soil, elevation and the night time misty winds that enhance its unique aroma, strong flavor and rich orange hue. The estate has 11 natural springs and two natural ponds.
Established in the early part of the 20th century, Shannon is known for its high grown teas, manufactured with 100% Orthodox and Rotorvane processes. Plucked from an elevation between 4000 – 4500ft above sea level, the High Grown tea of Shannon Estate is single origin.
Around the world, Ceylon tea has become a household name and a trademark name for high-quality tea. Even after independence in 1970, the demand for Ceylon tea continued to grow, until the island became the largest exporter of tea.
The Lion Logo
The legal branding of ‘Ceylon Tea’ is denoted by the iconic Lion logo, which is also represented in the national flag of the country. Any tea that is grown and manufactured in Sri Lanka has to adhere to stringent standards of quality that are set out by the Sri Lanka Tea Board. Any tea marked with the Lion logo represents quality tea that is Sri Lankan, i.e. it’s not mixed with tea from anywhere else in
the world. Any tea with the lion logo should also be packed in Sri Lanka before being exported or distributed.
There are five areas where tea is grown in Sri Lanka, each yielding a different flavor and taste of tea. Tea originated from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but it’s the weather, soil and elevation of the tea plantation that brings about this change in flavor and taste.
Ceylon Black Tea is world renowned and the most popular in the market. Tea leaves are plucked by the skilled hands of tea pluckers, where only two leaves and the bud is nipped off. Once the leaves are collected, they are then left to wither, before being rolled, fermented, dried and finally sifted. Once the sifting process is complete, they are separated into different grades of tea. Each grade of black tea has different colors and intensities.