This Ceylon-style black tea (FBOP) hails from Courtlodge estate in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka, which produces superlative teas known as the “champagne of Ceylon.” The Nuwara Eliya district is in the central part of the island of Sri Lanka, straddling the ‘island divide’. In February the northwest monsoons create a rain shadow effect on the western side of Nuwara Eliya (the side where Courtlodge is situated) resulting in peak or seasonal quality during this time. Courtlodge Estate, ranging from 4000 – 5900 feet in elevation, in particular, has consistently produced some of the best teas in Sri Lanka over the years.
The bright, light liquoring tea has the point, astringency and lively flavor that has made “Ceylon” teas favored the world over. These loose leaves are lightly broken, which makes for a faster, stronger brew with a gorgeous coppery color.