Organic Sri Lankan Black Tea
Grown in the scenic Uva highlands of Sri Lanka, with a spectacular view of Ella Rock above and the sounds of Ravana Falls below, this is Ceylon tea at its finest. Everything in the crisp, cool air conveys freshness.
Started by four partners with a focus on sustainability, Amba Estate is an organic farm producing artisanal teas, coffees, and spices. In addition to salary, benefits and overtime, Amba gives 10% of all its revenues back to its employees - an initiative we fully support! Different to most tea producers, Amba also empowers their staff through rotational work - meaning tea pickers can also wither, roll and dry the leaves - giving them a full-circle sense of pride for what they've created.
Amba's farms are 100% organic, certified under the European Union. No chemicals, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides are used. To maintain and enhance soil fertility, Amba uses green plant material from the estate's ground and manure from their own herd of ‘rescue cows’, as well as shade trees that naturally induce nitrogen-rich soil.
We stayed at Amba and instantly fell in love with the people (it felt like family!) and the story. After tasting their teas and tisanes, we sourced our absolute favorites: Their Ceylon highlands black tea and Lemongrass tisane. As well as their handmade coasters.
Our Ceylon Highlands is a premium "Broken Orange Pekoe" (a classic grade of black tea in Sri Lanka), handpicked and rolled in small batches using a custom mini-roller that can only process up to 15kg per batch (by comparison, the largest rollers in the big factories can process up to 1,000kg per hour!). The result is a robust, flavorful, yet smooth black tea with notes of malt and pine wood. For those who enjoy dark, malty beers - this is the one for you!
We love how versatile this tea is, making for an excellent breakfast tea to get you going in the morning, but also a lovely cold-brew afternoon refresher. We recommend it as a gateway into the world of pure, loose leaf teas for beginners, as it is both familiar yet exciting. Beginners - make sure to also check out our tea infuser for easy brewing!
PICKED March 2019
ORIGIN Amba Estate, Uva, Sri Lanka | 1030m Elevation | 10% Revenue Share
LEAF Organic | 1 bud 2 leaves | Broken Orange Pekoe
CRAFT Picked, withered, rolled (chopped, bruised, broken) & dried
TASTING NOTES Bright, Citrusy, Malty, Pine Wood
Teas in Sri Lanka are typically brewed Western style. We recommend a long, drawn-out brew until the liquor turns an enchantingly deep red (when in Rome, right?). You can add milk and sugar, but with its natural sweetness and creamy texture, we feel it is a standalone tea worthy of drinking straight. Our Ceylon Highlands also makes for a great iced tea on hot summer days. Add lemon slices to enhance its citrus flavors.
Western Brew (Mug / Teapot): 3g (1 Tbsp) | 350ml | 95°C | 3 min | + 1 min for additional brews | Can steep ~ 3 times
Cold-Brew (Pitcher): 12g | 750ml | Room temp | 8 hours in fridge | Strain & Serve with ice. Lemon slices optional.