Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Ceylon Teas rarely get better than our Ceylon Aislaby BOP Estate Tea. This hearty brew comes from one of Sri Lanka's most prestigious Tea estates. Workers gather the leaves used in its making between July and September, a perfect time for producing perfect Tea.
Once brewed, this remarkable Black Tea has a strong, almost spicy taste. It particularly suits those who like a bit of added flavour to their mornings. And when enjoyed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, it can also offer Black Tea benefits. Studies have indeed proven that the frequent consumption of Ceylon Tea can improve cardiovascular health; support the immune system; balance blood sugars and even boost the metabolism of fat cells in the body.
What Does BOP Mean?
"BOP" stands for "Broken Orange Pekoe". The term "broken", as the name likely suggests, refers to the leaves being broken into small pieces. This often boasts a stronger character in cup than that of a FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe) Tea.
The Aislaby Tea Estate
The Aislaby Tea Estate lies at an altitude of 4,200 feet in the Malwatte valley of the Uva province, Sri Lanka. Mr and Mrs N.S. Bostock established the first gardens in 1927, with a succession of other owners and managers shaping it over the years to what we know today.
About Ceylon Tea
Strangely, the history of this Tea began with Coffee! Experiments with Coffee had started during the 19th Century when Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) was under British rule. The Coffea arabica plant grew naturally in what is today Sri Lanka's Central Province. However, large-scale cultivation during this period saw Ceylon transform into a Coffee-growing hub.
Alas, the success of the new industry proved to be short-lived. In 1869, the first signs of a new plant disease, coffee-rust, appeared on a plantation in Madulsima. Over the next decade, Ceylon's Coffee market diminished significantly and was eventually near enough wiped out.
Relief came in the form of a Scotsman named James Taylor. Years before, he had planted 19 acres of Tea at his Loolecondera Estate in the Kandy region. In 1872, Taylor established a fully-equipped Tea factory. That same year, he made his first sale of Ceylon Tea.
Today, Ceylon Teas are some of the most popular beverages found anywhere in the world. They are a staple of the country's economy and are now firmly embedded in Sri Lankan culture. Indeed, Tea plantations cover an estimated 4% of the country's landmass.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: The Aislaby Tea Estate, Uva Province, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Some add milk; some add sugar; some add honey or lemon. Most, however, choose to enjoy this Tea served black!
Tasting Notes: This Tea boasts a traditional "Ceylonese" flavour with the added bonus of spicy undertones. It makes an excellent cuppa' morning, afternoon or evening. The choice is yours!
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Health Benefits of Ceylon Tea
A study noted that chronic stress disrupts sleep and blood sugar levels. This then leads to increased hunger and combating eating. Eventually, side effects like these escalate. It may lead to further disrupted sleep, even higher levels of stress and even more disrupted blood sugars.
In time, this doesn't just cause unhealthy levels of body fat but also increases the risk of type-2 diabetes. Stopping stress at the source is the potential answer. And what could possibly be more relaxing than a nice, hot cup of Ceylon Aislaby BOP Estate Tea?
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon