The whiff of aroma and the sip of a rich warm cup of tea that you enjoy has a complex and intriguing conception. Starting from a tender leaf, which then undergoes several intricate procedures to be able to serve you and satisfy those tea craving moments.
What started off with a single plant of the camellia sinesis which was grown in China but brought to Sri Lanka by the British during their colonization in the year 1801, has indeed come a long way since then.
The uniqueness that complements the produce
Sri Lanka is a country with varied climate and geography hence the plantations are segregated by elevation. These plantations are known as high grown, middle grown and low grown teas. These areas have their own unique climate, geographic features and thereby give the tea a unique flavor and aroma. Amongst the plantations, the most sought-after teas are the ones that are derived from the high grown plantations. These are far richer bodied in comparison and serve more than 25% of Sri Lanka’s tea production annually.
The onset of the monsoon period is always a trying time for the plantations. However due to the diversity of the countries geographical elevation, not all areas are effected the same. During the period of January to May, the monsoon strikes and effects the eastern side whilst the western side flourishes in its produce. Once July comes, the scenario reverses its pattern and will go on till the end of October.
High Grown tea plantations
If you’ve ever visited Sri Lanka, you would have come across the time capsule known as Little England, due to the unique mark left over from the British reign. The teas that are collected from this area are light with a delightful aroma of rock fruit and rich in golden color. The astounding talent of the tea pluckers need recognition as the tea leaves grow on steep inclines on the mountain range, yet this fact does not seem to bother them.
The tender leaves are harvested during the dry months in the high lands in the months of December to March. The leaves appear a luscious green and are at their best state. Sri Lanka facilitates anyone visiting these plantations a chance to learn and observe the practice of harvesting to processing and packaging the tea leaves that are then sent in transportation to be delivered and exported to overseas markets.
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