Ceylon black tea is bread on wide plantations of Sri Lanka, which until 1972 was known as Ceylon. It has a unusually authentic aroma, which intrigues the senses with smell and taste of fresh lemon. Its dramatic beginning lead it into myth and legend, authenticity and exotic origin in esthetic and social ritual, and warmth of human hands with whom the flower is picked, in humanity and health. Why it would then seem unusual that the resident of this island raised the first museum in honor of this plant?
You don’t often meet such people with lion hearth and true, deep devotion, but proof that such people existed and still exist, testify today, like giant live monument, vast wavy green fields of black Ceylon tea.
One of true lovers in this story about tea, was Scottish writer from the end of nineteenth century and from the beginning of twentieth century, Sir Arthur Connan Doyle, better known to us as the maker of brilliant London detective Sherlock Holmes. Interest of such creative and intellectually potent people in utterly uncertain beginning of the story about Ceylon tea, give the story a light smell of British bourgeois saloons, later uplifted and enriched with human warmth and humanity, thanks to Sir Thomas Lipton.
Oasis of Tea In Your Cup
Namely, if Sir James Taylor in 1893 at World fair in Chicago celebrated the name of Ceylon tea with quality and authentic aroma, then the vision of Sir Thomas Lipton was able to provide to wide audience with the same experience. Instead of starting with sales of large wooden crates, in which tea was already shipped from Ceylon, he decided to package small amounts in light and colorful boxes with a small slogan “oasis in your cup”.
Only a flower that was picked by a skilled hand can be brought from Ceylon fields and that somehow seems touching in this technological era of megalopolis. The warmth of human hands in this natural process somehow reminds people on the concept of humanity and health. Perhaps, not so long ago, a Museum of Ceylon tea was opened, where precisely this manual production was supported. Tea made in that way, from large and whole, hand rolled and then naturally dried leaves, is much better valued and known as Orange Pekoe A. This is a unique, first and oldest was of production.
Surely, this is the way to preserve its most precious ingredients, which is why this tea is known; above everything else, as a liquid that has zero calories but it is also a natural source of vitamins and minerals needed for cell development. Antioxidants, it should be repeated, are involved in chemical protection of cells from so called free radicals that damage the cell, weaken the immune system of the organism and accelerate aging. Recent studies showed that due to its chemical structure and naturally healthy attributes, four cups of black Ceylon tea a day reduce the risk from cardiovascular disease by 70%, including several types of cancers, such as, oral and digestive tract cancer.
The color and taste, as well as aperity of this tea, greatly depend in the altitude at which the plant was grown. Don’t get confused if the color is lighter than the one you expected. That only means that the flower grew at higher latitude but it will give more potent and richer taste.
If you are curious enough or if all this about harmony of the body and spirit is well known to you, still when you insert a package of black Ceylon tea in the list for weekly shopping, put a flower next to it as a reminder. Only a drawing of crowned lion and a signature “Pure Ceylon Tea-packed in Sri Lanka” guaranties its origin. Experience is up to you.