Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Our Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula is a Sri Lankan-grown tea of the finest quality. The Dimbula district is located between two high plateaus in the Central province at elevations from 1,100m to 1,600m (3,500-5,000ft) above sea level. The landscape is rich and bountiful; elephants wander by the thousands, deer and sambhur by the tens of thousands, and eagles soar high above the rich forests and plains.Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula is an equally beautiful cup.
Orange Pekoe Teas such as this one contain leaves that are larger than a Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP). These leaves are harvested once the buds have had the opportunity to fully unfurl into leaves. Choosing Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula is also choosing to promote healthier living. The frequent consumption of this beverage can improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risks of developing Type II Diabetes, and even boost the metabolism, enabling your body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Most of all, however, this brew tastes truly wonderful. Every sip will transport you half a world away, so you too can enjoy the beauty of Sri Lanka.
Dimbula was one of the first districts to experiment with tea growing. In fact, to this day, most residents to be found in Dimbula are themselves plantation workers. Teas grown on these plantations are characterised as “high-grown”. The complex topography of the region produces a variety of microclimates which, in turn, offer varying flavours in tea. Most, however, are described as refreshingly mellow; this goes for our very own Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula Tea, too. In fact, the Central Province hosts numerous renowned tea-growing districts. Aside from Dimbula, there is also Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. And that’s just the beginning.
The history of Ceylon Tea is minuscule compared with China’s Tea history; the latter began in 2737 BCE, the former only in the 19th Century. Most interesting of all, the seeds that would sow the future of Sri Lanka’s tea industry were not, in fact, from the Camellia sinensis plant. Astoundingly, it was Ceylon’s coffee industry, or rather its eventual failure, that gave rise to tea. But even before then, the story of Ceylon Tea began, in many ways, some 5,500 miles away from Sri Lanka in the highlands of Scotland.
It was here that James Taylor, soon-to-be-world-famous tea planter and entrepreneur, was born. Years later, in 1869, Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, had a flourishing Coffee Industry. However, in that same year, the first signs of a new plant disease called coffee-rust appeared on a plantation in Madulsima. Many feared an economic collapse as coffee rust spread throughout the island. But all was not lost. James Taylor, who had since travelled from Scotland to live in Ceylon, had already established 19 acres of tea in his Loolecondera estate in Kandy when coffee-rust took hold.
In 1872, three years following the coffee-rust outbreak, Taylor established a fully equipped tea factory at his estate. In the same year, he made the first sale of Kandy-grown Ceylon Tea. The year following, in 1873, the first international sale of tea was made, a shipment consisting of 23Ib of Ceylon Tea to an auction in London. Soon, planters from all over the hill country were visiting Loolecondera to learn the art of growing and manufacturing tea. James Taylor’s remarkable legacy lives on through teas such as Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Dimbula District, Central Province, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey, or lemon - the choice is yours! Although we prefer to enjoy this tea without any accompaniments.
Tasting Notes: This tea boasts a smooth earthy-woody flavour with slightly smoky undertones.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor with ruby highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Feeling a little under the weather? Frequently consuming Black Tea can keep that nasty cold at bay according to a study conducted at Harvard University, USA. The study showed that people who drank 5 cups of Black Tea a day for two weeks had 10 times more bacteria and virus-fighting interferon in their blood than those who were instead given a placebo hot drink.
Furthermore, Ceylon Orange Pekoe Dimbula can aid digestive health. One study conducted in 2016 showed that in 2 to 12-year-old participants with acute non-bacterial diarrhoea, Black Tea tablets were not only an effective, but also a safe and inexpensive way to help manage diarrhoea not directly related to bacteria. What more could you possibly want from your morning cup of tea?
- TypeBlack Tea
- Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
- Caffeine LevelMedium
- OptionsTea Bags
- Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon