TEA

Cultivation and manufacturing of Tea

Elpitiya Teas

Elpitiya Plantations PLC is one of Sri Lanka’s leading producers of the most exquisite high quality premium teas. It consists of 11 tea estates with 13 well equipped factories located in Up, Mid and Low country regions, which cover more than 2,100 hectares.

High Grown

The Pundalu Oya valley is a miracle of nature, on one side nestled with amidst forest reserves at elevation of over 4000 ft above sea level whilst the other side is bordered with verdant mountains shrouded in mist. The tea produced in these 4 estates, viz; Dunsinane, Sheen, Fernlands & Maddecoombra Estates speak for itself in supremacy of ‘ Dimbulla Quality ‘ in the Nuwara Eliya Belt. During the dry periods from January to Mid March, there is heavy mountain winds blowing & this situation gives rise to the flavoury seasonal teas, known as ‘Dimbulla Quality‘. This special quality attracts many international fastidious buyers. Thus the Pundalu Oya Valley is known as ‘Golden Valley ‘as it is known to rejuvenate these golden green tea plants.

EstateType of manufactureEnd product
Dunsinane CTC – ideal for tea bags Produces flavoury full bodied teas with character.
MeddecombraOrthodox Rotovane teas Produces bright flavoury teas with ‘Dimbulla’ character.
Fernlands Orthodox Rotovane teas Coloury, bright teas with ‘Dimbulla’ character. Taste unique with flavour and aroma.
SheenOrthodox Rotovane teasBright, coloury teas with ‘Dimbulla’ character. Brewed light it makes a very smooth cup of tea that can also be iced for a refreshing difference.

Medium Grown …..

The estates in Pussellawa are known for its outstanding taste & uniqueness in quality which are perceived by many international buyers. Further, the extremely fertile soil & misty shroud environment around the Tea Gardens, gives rise to the production of exquisite high quality.

EstateType of manufactureEnd product
Nayapane Semi leafy orthodox teasLiquors with high flavour and distinct ‘Pussellawa’ character. Tea grades of varied style and different sizes. Teas of mellow character with medium body and have astringent flavour.
New PeacockCTC – ideal for tea bags Coloury, full bodied flavoury teas. Taste with character and fullness. Enjoyed with or without milk.

Low Grown …..

The uniqueness of these teas begins with the low elevation of the plantations. The Southern part of Sri Lanka, traditionally known for its tea growing area, produce exceptional well twisted stylish teas. Sunny mornings & cool evenings with a spray of rain, throughout the year, enhances the ability to produce the coloury, full bodied teas which are ideal for the Middle Eastern markets.

EstatesType of manufactureEnd product
Talgaswella Estate Orthodox manufacture - RUHUNA Semi leafy to leafy teas of different particle sizes which are ideal for Middle Eastern markets. A perfect cup for those who like their tea thick and sweet, with or without milk.
Deviturai Estate
Lelwala Estate
  • This pack contains Broken Orange Pekoe No. 1 grade which is semi leafy tea in the purest form. This finest handpicked tea leaves are lightly rolled to brew a sweet mellow taste.

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  • A nicely designed gift box filled with 2g individual tea bags wrapped in environment friendly alufoil envelopes to maintain the freshness, aroma and flavour.

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  • This pack contains 200g of single origin BOPF grade which is packed in 2g individual tea bags.

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  • This pack contains 100g of single origin BOPF grade which is packed in 2g individual tea bags wrapped in environment friendly alufoil envelopes to maintain the freshness, aroma and flavour.

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  • This tea presentation box contains 60g of single origin BOPF grade which is packed in 2g individual tea paper envelopes.

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  • This pack contains Pekoe grade which comprise well twisted leafy teas. A perfect cup for those who like tea strong and sweet.

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  • This pack contains Orange Pekoe No. 1 grade which comprises larger leaves that are will twisted. They appear uniform in size and are wiry. This gives rise to the extra punch.

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  • This pack contains Pekoe grade offering loose leaf tea in the purest form. This finest handpicked tea leaves in the misty hills are rolled lightly, mainly to retain the quality and the flavour in tea.

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  • This pack contains Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe grade. This immature tea leaves and tender buds are rolled carefully to enhance the flavour and character in tea that appeal to the palate of a specialty tea drinker.

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History

In 1824 a tea plant was brought to Ceylon by the British from China

Plantations

Cultivation and harvesting

Manufactring

Tea is generally divided into categories based on how it is processed

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