Ceylon Tea

“The tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo" – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Ceylon Tea is the world’s finest. Once, when the world’s first man in space Yuri Gagarin was felicitated, he was asked to name his favourite drink. Without hesitation he replied, ‘Ceylon Tea’.

The magic of land, sun and rain presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea. Ceylon Tea brings a fresh dimension by producing variations in taste, quality, character and appearance. Ceylon tea with its distinct taste and character has now become every consumer’s elite choice.

Tea was introduced by planter James Taylor in 1867 during the British rule when he began his first estate in Loolecondera and in 1873, the first shipment of Ceylon tea, a consignment of some 23 lb (10 kg), arrived in London. Thomas Lipton, a millionaire in United Kingdom visited British Ceylon in the 1890s, during his journey to Australia, and met Taylor. They discussed the business of exporting tea from British Ceylon. Lipton's company became interested and started buying Ceylon tea.

In 1980 Sri Lanka was the official supplier of tea at the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games, in 1982 at the 12th Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and again in 1987 at Expo 88 in Australia.

Today, Sri Lanka exports tea to more than 140 countries. Its highest buyers are former Soviet Bloc members, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, UK and Japan. In 2013, Tea production was recorded at 340 million kgs.

World’s only Tea Museum is located in Hantane, Kandy.

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