Ceylon

Sabaragamuwa

This large stretch of territory with Kandy, Dimbula and Uva on the east and Ruhuna on the west is probably better known for the precious stones that are found: rubies, amethysts, cat’s eye, sapphires… However, of the seven tea producing districts, Sabaragamuwa is the most fruitful and produces a certain number very savory teas. The majority of the tea trees grow at a low altitude, from sea level to about 800 meters: the production is there for mostly « low grown ». Tea is harvested all year long at relatively close intervals. Although the teas are strong in flavour, the flavour is less subtle that that of Nuwara Eliya, Uva and Uda Pussellawa. The cup is a colorful copper with woody, lightly mineral and sometimes artichoke or caramel scents. Several of the higher gardens situated between the low and middle-grown range benefit from a micro-climate which produces a cup of tea which reminds us of the flavours of Uva teas. Less interesting for amateurs of full bodied teas, these teas please amateurs of milder and gentler teas such as certain pointed long leaf teas (FOP/FBOPF EX SP).