Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
Ceylon Sylvakandy Orange Pekoe is a Ceylon Black Tea from the Matale District of Sri Lanka. It is well-suited to traditionalists who enjoy quintessentially “Ceylonese” flavours from start to finish - with the added bonus of floral undertones.
We pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory, ensuring quality and consistency with every cuppa brewed.
Yet there are other noteworthy qualities to this infusion. For starters, it contains a significant amount of caffeine (45-mg per 8-oz cup), thus making it a worthwhile choice when you need an extra boost.
It might also, according to the latest scientific research, come with Black Tea Health Benefits. Why not buy it and try it today with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company?
What Does “Orange Pekoe” Mean?
The term “Orange Pekoe” refers to a Tea grade containing leaves larger than an FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe). It has a close association with Ceylon Tea, in particular, which is harvested when the buds have opened into leaves - and seldom contain tip.
Those who prefer stronger, heartier brews might prefer BOP (Broken Orange Pekoe) Tea such as our Ceylon Aislaby BOP Estate Tea.
The Sylvakandy Tea Estate
This garden finds itself in Matale District, Central Province, at elevations between 500 and 1,000 feet above sea level. It experiences heavy and consistent rainfall (over 110 inches per annum due to both the Southwest and Northwest monsoons), while also boasting rich, fertile soil.
These conditions combined play a significant role in the taste and profile of Ceylon Sylvakandy OP.
What is Ceylon Tea?
The history of Tea as a whole began some 5,000 years ago. Tea growing in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), specifically, however, only dates back to the mid-19th century. Before this period, the island specialised in Coffee Bean production.
That was until a plant-based disease all but destroyed the local industry. Ceylon Losse Tea, as a result, became an excellent alternative to sustain the economy.
It was the hard work and determination of a Scotsman named James Taylor responsible for saving this then-British colony from ruin. Years before the outbreak, he had planted 19 acres of Tea at his Loolecondera Estate in Kandy.
In 1873, three years after the disease, Taylor established a fully equipped Sri Lanka Tea factory. That same year, he made his first sale of Ceylon Tea.
Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote of this dramatic change: “A Rotten fungus drove a whole community through years of despair to one of the greatest commercial victories which pluck and ingenuity ever won.
The Tea-fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo.” Today, our Ceylon Sylvakandy OP stands testament to its success.
Type of Tea: Black Tea.
Origin: The Sylvakandy Tea Estate, Matale, Central Province, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon).
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water. Infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Most serve it without accompaniments. However, others add milk, sugar, honey or lemon.
Tasting Notes: Imparts a full-bodied flavour with floral notes.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor, dark in tone.
Benefits of Ceylon Sylvakandy Orange Pekoe
Gastritis is a condition whereby the lining of the stomach becomes inflamed after experiencing damage. Research has found that Ceylon Sylvakandy Orange Pekoe, when consumed at least once a week, can reduce the prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in the digestive tract.
This pathogen, often shortened to H. pylori, is one of the more common causes of gastritis.