Bright cup with excellent flavor and floral notes. Good manufacturing technique evident by the evenly graded leaf. Infusion: Bright, coppery.
Ingredients From: Sri Lanka
Shipping Port(s): Colombo
Grade(s): OP (Orange Pekoe)
Growing Altitudes: 500 – 1000 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Orthodox (Traditional leafy)
Cup Characteristics: Bright cup with excellent flavor and floral notes. Good manufacturing technique evident by the evenly graded leaf. Infusion: Bright, coppery.
Luxury Ingredients: Black tea
Throughout the world of tea, Sylvakandy Estate has been associated with exceptionally crafted teas for decades. Over the years we have sampled many grades of tea from this estate but felt that their OP grade offering was the best example of the high quality they offer. Sample a pot for yourself, and you will discover a wonderfully rich cup with lush floral notes, a medium thick liquor, and a bright golden cup.
Sylvakandy is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka in what is known as the Matale District. The location was chosen for its high elevation - the estate's gardens range from 550 to 1220 meters above sea level, and its the heavy and consistent rainfall - over 110 inches per annum thanks to both the Southwest and Northwest monsoons. Incidentally, the factory at Sylvakandy sits at 805 meters above sea level at the estate's approximate halfway vertical point. The estate is split into 4 divisions with a little over 520 hectares under tea and 566 employees. Commencing in 1965, a replanting was undertaken with higher yielding clonal varieties and to date nearly 45% of the estate has been switched over. (Replanting is evidently no small task!)
Like most Sri Lankan tea estates, ownership of Sylvakandy has changed hands a number of times since it was first planted. The first Superintendent of the estate was a British planter and avid hunter named Mr. Fraser who served until the First World War, some of his hunting trophies still adorn Sylvakandy's main bungalow! The last British superintendent was a Mr. Lacey who ran the estate from 1951 - 1959. An eccentric Brit, Mr. Lacey was also a concert pianist - at night his music could be heard drifting over the tea fields. In 1959 the estate was purchased by a private company and run as such until 1974 when all Sri Lankan estates were nationalized and appropriated by the J.E.D.B. (The Janatha (National) Estate Development Board. In 1977 it was handed over to the Sri Lankan State Plantations Co-operation and then re-privatized in 1993.
Sylvakandy Orange Pekoe is an excellent self-drinking tea. Like most single estate non-blended teas it is best enjoyed hot with a dash of milk to help open and expand its flavor profile. World-class teas like Sylvakandy hold as many nuances and subtleties as fine wines and should be savoured with an open mind and clean palate. Brew a pot today and enjoy!
Sylvakandy (Sri Lanka)
- Product Code: A5ES-SL-657
- Availability: In Stock
$ CAD 9.58