Tea originated in China, as legend has it, 5,000 years ago with Chinese emperor ShenNung claiming the health benefits of tea in 2737 BC. However it was Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) that made tea famous in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Scotsman James Taylor (born March 29, 1836 in Kinkardineshire, Scotland) is attributed to planting the first tea estate in Sri Lanka. It was in 1867 that Taylor planted 20 acres of tea on the Loolecondera estate (of which he was superintendent). It was here he perfected the technique of fine plucking – `two leaves and a bud.’
Ceylon tea became the front-runner of the industry and was much loved for its unmatched quality and variety. The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known then, presented the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea. Ceylon added a new dimension to tea by producing variations in taste, quality, character and appearance, largely based on terroir of the region. Pure Ceylon tea with its distinct taste and character became every tea lover’s best cuppa!
Seven Tea Growing Regions of Sri Lanka (defined by Sri Lanka Tea Board)
Kandy | NuwaraEliya | UdaPussallawa | Uva | Dimbulla | Sabaragamuwa | Ruhuna
Each of these regions produce a different character of tea which is evident to an experienced Tea Connoisseur.
However this changed when the Ceylon Tea industry was taken over by multinationals about 40 years ago. Their criteria for success changed from quality, authenticity and in some cases to freshness, to more commercial and profit oriented factors. They moved away from Ceylon tea to multi origin blends, a mixture of tea from several countries, to offer a cheaper product. Thus they commoditized tea and this led to a decline in demand for Ceylon tea – which was neither a commodity nor cheap.
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