Ceylon Tea mostly thrives on sloping terrain, therefore, it is grown in the central highlands and southern inland foothills at varying elevations. Based on the elevation at which Tea is grown, Pure Ceylon Tea is identified under three varieties- Low Grown, Mid Grown and High Grown.
The regional appellations are administered by the central administrative and regulatory authority for the Ceylon tea industry which is the Sri Lanka Tea Board. All tea exported from Sri Lanka must comply with the set standards. The tea sourced from gardens must conform to the specifications pertaining to the grown region.
6000ft and above. Having a delicate fragrance, pale colour, a somewhat fruity taste with a hint of citrus.
5,000 – 6,000 ft. Producing a tangy brew, which is darker and stronger than Nuwara Eliya.
3500 – 6000 ft. with a golden colour, refreshing aroma, fresh notes of jasmine and sweet spices.
3,500 -5,000 ft. Bright yellow-orange with a bright flavour, fruity note and soft, sweet after-taste.
2,000 – 4,000 ft. Full, flavourful taste, that’s very aromatic, along with being light scented.
Up to 2,500 ft. Rich, dark colour and earthly aroma. Has a strong taste with a sweet aftertaste.
Mostly at sea level. Similar in colour, taste and aroma to Sabaragamuwa teas.
The most significant health-promoting properties of Ceylon Tea contain high concentrations of antioxidants it contains assisting in the removal of harmful toxins from the bloodstream. Research shows that consuming such antioxidants can lower the risk of heart disease, strokes and cancer. There are also indications that antioxidants in tea may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related memory impairment.
Four cups of Tea packs Minerals such as Manganese and Potassium while helping to balance the fluid levels in the body. Besides Tea also contains the unique amino acid Theanine, which has a relaxing effect on people, as well as assisting the natural immune response to infection even COVID-19 to some extent. Not forgetting that the modest amount of caffeine in tea also acts as a mild mood stabilizer.