Have a taste
of the exotic flavor of Ceylon tea… take
a Tea Tour in Sri Lanka!
a Cup of Tea?
is a drink consumed all over the world as a
revitalizing beverage also a cup of tea is a
symbol of hospitality. The legend says that
it was first discovered purely by accident.
It was in the year 2737 B.C. during the reign
of the Chinese emperor Chen Nung, who was popularly
known as the “Divine Healer”. One
day while the Emperor was on a journey he stopped
for a drink of water. While he boiled the water
to purify it, a few leaves from a nearby tea
tree fell into the imperial pot. The scent and
flavour emanating from the tea leaves was so
much that it tempted the Emperor to taste it
and later introduce it to the world.
Emperor Chen Nung was said
to have written ‘Tea… quenches thirst,
it lessens the desire for sleep…., it
gladdens and cheers the heart.’ Also Taoist
alchemists considered tea an essential ingredient
of the elixir of immortality.
While tea is best known
as a refreshing drink, it also has properties
that prove to be beneficial to human health.
It contains many compounds, including the amino
acid - theanine, which is unique to the tea
tree. Tea has also displayed anti-carcinogenic,
anti-bacterial, cholesterol lowering, and anti-diabetic
effects. In addition tea has been found to reduce
tea from Sri Lanka, acclaimed as the best tea
in the world has its inherent unique characteristics
and reputation running through more than a century.
Ceylon is considered the home of the world's
finest tea. The Ceylon Tea Industry has a rich
heritage and produces a rich and sophisticated
variety of teas. The Secret of Ceylon Tea is
the unique characteristics of Sri Lanka under
which is it grown, plucked, produced and processed.
Sri Lanka as the 3rd biggest
tea producing country globally, has a production
share of 9% in the international sphere, and
one of the world's leading exporters with a
share of around 19% of the global demand.
extent of land under tea cultivation has been
assessed at approximately 187,309 hectares.
[Ceylon Tea Board]
It all started 200 years
ago when Sri Lanka (known as Ceylon at the time)
was a British colony.
planting of tea was done in 1839 in the botanical
gardens of Peradeniya, close to the royal city
a Scotsman, is the pioneer in the development
of Ceylon Tea. He initiated and evolved through
experimentation the best methods for tea cultivation
and leaf manipulation in order to obtain the
best possible flavour from the tea leaves. These
were later emulated by other planters and Ceylon
tea gradually became world renown.
In 1872 the first
official Ceylon tea was shipped to England and
contained two packages of 23lbs. The first recorded
shipment, however, was dispatched to England in
1877 aboard the vessel The Duke of Argyll. [Ceylon