What is Tea?
Tea is an infusion of dried leaves plucked from the Camellia Sinensis Plant steeped in hot, or boiling water. There are six types of tea: black, white, green, yellow, oolong and post-fermented teas. Some teas are used specifically for their medicinal value, whereas all teas are a known source of the vitamins E, C, Caffeine, and antioxidants. It is claimed that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water.
Tea is highly receptive to the inclusion of flavours and aromas, and it is this characteristic that allows for the design and development of an infinite range of flavoured and scented teas. Some common flavours include bergamot oil (Earl Grey flavour), mint, cinnamon, ginger cardamom, and various fruit flavours. Other infusions also referred to as “teas”, include herbal infusions, fruit teas, flower or petal infusions, and leaf infusions of leaves from plants other than Camellia
Sri Lanka, (formerly known as Ceylon) is primarily known for its Black Teas. Ceylon Tea is prized for its golden colour in cup and its distinctive rich aroma and taste. Ceylon Teas are enjoyed the world over as unblended, single-estate teas, or perfectly blended teas made to suit a particular palate or market. The teas produced in the Central Highlands (at elevations greater than 2000 feet above Sea Level) are popular in Europe for their light, bright liqueurs whilst the Low Grown Teas (at elevations from Sea Level to 2000 feet) produce thicker, full-bodied liqueurs that are widely consumed predominantly in the Middle East and Russia.