Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Dimbula - sub district Upcot/Maskeliya
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: FP (Flowery Pekoe)
Altitude: 5700 - 6300 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: A classic Dimbula tea. Bright coppery liquor with subtle astringency. A tea for sharing with friends.
Infusion: Reddish with golden yellow notes.
Ingredients: Black tea
The Dimbula district of Sri Lanka peaks in quality during the Northeast monsoons in January and February. As the northeast monsoon winds blow across the Bay of Bengal they become warmer and pick-up moisture during the 1500 mile journey to Sri Lanka. As the warm moist air rises into the cool mountain air condensation occurs and there is heavy rainfall on the eastern side of the island. The Western side gets very little rain but lots of sunshine. Dimbula is on the west side of the island and consequently being in the rain shadow the quality improves dramatically - cool, dry and bright sunshine.
Strathspey is classed as a high grown estate. In Sri Lanka they class a high grown as an estate where the mean altitude is between 4200 - 9000 feet above sea level. High growns provide superior flavor and the best quality because: cooler temperatures, generally better soil conditions, more sunshine, generally slightly less rainfall - These conditions cause the bush to grow more slowly and the goodness and flavor is concentrated in the new shoots. Compare this to the medium growns, which are tending flat with no life to the low growns, which are thick dull and stewy, verging on being unpleasant and harsh.
Information about Sri Lanka’s Tea Industry:
-Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka by James Taylor in 1867 at an estate called Loolecondra.
-60% of the green leaf supplied to the tea factories comes from small holders (individually held farms).
-Average yield per hectare is 1200 kilos