~ Ethically Sourced Ceylon Black Tea ~
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka.
Region: Nuwara Eliya.
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe).
Altitude: 3000 feet above sea level.
Manufacture Type: Orthodox.
Ethical Sourcing: Sourced from farms monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership.
Cup Characteristics: Malty flavour that is full of life and very smooth. A fine tea after dinner or in the afternoon. World renowned for its strong full-bodied cup.
Infusion: Noire tending coppery.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
Antioxidant Level: Very high.
Caffeine Content: Medium.
This estate was planted in tea at the turn of the century by an English pioneer who named the estate after the famous Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, England. Kenilworth estate is situated close to the town of Ginigathena in the Central Province of Sri Lanka - a part of the Nuwara Eliya district. Fields of the estate overlook the rapids of the 'Kelani Ganga', famous for its white water rafting. The river originates in the Adam's Peak range and in its course plunges over the Aberdeen Falls.
Kenilworth tea is known around the world for its full bodied strong liquors and is considered to be the hallmark of Ceylon medium grown teas. This estate receives an average rainfall of 190 inches per year. The location of the estate is unique in that both the South West and North East monsoons bring rain to this particular region. Kenilworth annually produces about 2 million pounds of tea and employs a work force of 930 people. Kenilworth also is the main factory for 250 small holders. The fact that Kenilworth buys the green leaf from these small holders is important as this act provides a valuable source of income for these independent farmers.
Kenilworth is a very modern factory and certified under ISO 2002. The factory makes a whole range of various leaf grades from the classic Orange Pekoe (which is the grade of this tea) to BOPF - used in tea bags. The Kenilworth Orange Pekoe grades are the most sought after by many medium grown tea gardens.
The estate is owned by Watawala Plantations Limited. The company prides itself in worker relations. The workforce enjoys a good standard of living and a proactive health and safety regime which includes medical benefits, maternity leave, recreational facilities and child welfare including schooling. The company's policy extends to the area surrounding Kenilworth as it has also set up a vocational training school for the disabled.
This tea is sourced from tea plantations that are monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership, meaning a fairer deal for the growers and workers, and a more environmentally friendly way to produce tea.
Hot Tea Brewing Method
This tea is best enjoyed using 2 - 3 heaping teaspoons for a 6 cup teapot. Allow the tea to steep for 3 - 5 minutes, remove the leaves and pour.
Add milk and sugar to taste but please be aware that milk and sugar may mask some of the subtle nuances and intrigue of this tea.
Alternatively, put the tea in a tea infuser and brew right in your cup.
Place 1 teaspoon of tea into your cup. Pour boiling water in and let steep for about 3 - 5 minutes. Remove the infuser and enjoy.
Iced Tea Brewing Method
Make as for hot, but add extra tea - a rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the amount of tea leaves used per cup. When the tea has cooled a little, pour over ice. It is important to make it a little stronger as the ice will water it down.
Alternatively, you can cold brew the tea by placing the tea leaves in a jug and adding cold water. Leave to infuse for a few hours (or overnight in the fridge) strain and enjoy. Cold brewing will give a smoother taste.
To make 1 litre of iced tea: Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant jug. Pour Â½ pint (275ml) of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving jug with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving jug while straining the leaves. Add ice and top up with cold water.
Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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