Ceylon Tea from Kandy is as sweet of a treat as it sounds. It comes from Sri Lanka (once known as Ceylon), an island nation in the Indian Ocean considered world-famous for its Tea production.
Kandy Tea, in particular, is the best of the best. We stock several varieties here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, each with something unique, indeed extraordinary, to offer.
This region is situated on the northern side of the Central Highlands. It was here in the mid-19th century that the story of Ceylon Tea began. When a plant-based disease destroyed the country’s Coffee crop, establishing Kandy Tea plantations became a viable alternative.
Today, these Tea estates in Kandy cultivate mid-grown leaves at altitudes between 650 and 1,300 metres above sea level.
The western slopes of Kandy’s hills, where most Tea gardens are located, experience unique climatic conditions that have a significant influence on the bushes grown.
Namely, the cool, dry weather of the year’s first quarter ensures unmistakably full-bodied flavours. Those who like a hearty cuppa, in other words, would do well to brew a cup of Ceylon Kandy Black Tea.
White, Green, Oolong and Black Tea come from the same Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant. The difference between each type is their processing. White Tea undergoes only minimal oxidation and, therefore, has only 15-mg of caffeine.
Green Tea, on the other hand, has about 30-mg and Oolong 35-37-mg. That leaves Black Tea, the most processed type, with a remarkable 45-mg of caffeine per serving.