Ceylon Tea OP1 - Pettiagalla, Loose Leaf

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A sweet, very high-grade Ceylon tea with a chocolatey/caramel aftertaste.

This tea comes from the Pettiagalla estate, which means “box-shaped rock”. A wonderfully light tea, giving a bright, clean cup with a strong flavour. Ceylons are a wonderful mid-morning / lunchtime tea and this choice is light enough to have also as an afternoon drink. Great for concentration during the day. Ceylons don’t get any better than this … rock your world and get brewing.

Country - Sri Lanka
Origin - Ceylon
Farm - Pettiagalla
Leaf - Beautiful, tippy, long wiry leaves
Aroma - Fruity, citrus, tangerine
Liquor - Bright amber/copper, bright clean cup
Cupping Notes - Caramel, dark chocolate notes, smooth and full-bodied
Brewing Tips - 2.5g in 200ml of water at 100°C. Steep for 4-5 mins

About the Pettiagalla Region:

Set in the South Western area of Sri Lanka, the low-lying Ratnapura District is an ideal tea-growing area. The woodland belt of the Sinharaja Forest shelters this area from the warm, drying winds whipped up by the monsoons and allows access to the moist air that is vital for tea cultivation. The teas here are full-bodied, thick and strong … and delicious. The grades for Ceylon orange pekoe (OP) grades are:

OP1 slightly delicate, long, wiry leaf with the light liquor
OPA bold, long leaf tea which ranges from tightly wound to almost open
OP main grade, in the middle between OP1 and OPA, can consist of long wiry leaf without tips
OP Superior primarily from Indonesia, similar to OP
Flower OP high quality tea with a long leaf and few tips, considered the second grade in Assam, Dooars and Bangladesh teas, but the first grade in China
FOP1 as above, but with only the highest quality leaves in the FOP classification
Golden Flower OP1 higher proportion of tip than FOP top grade
Tippy Golden FOP the highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam
TGFOP1 as above, but with only the highest quality leaves in the TGFOP classification

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