The origins of Lover's Leap Ceylon Black Tea
It's easy to fall for Lover's Leap. With its tantalising light orange colour and fruity-fresh, slightly spicy aroma, this single origin loose-leaf Ceylon black tea is a medium-strength, delicately astringent brew that makes an ideal evening or after-dinner beverage.
High-grown at 1,700m altitude, Lover's Leap is a luxury Sri Lankan black tea characterised by small broken leaves with a greenish hue. Produced at Lover's Leap, one of the country's most historic tea gardens, this eponymous tea is manufactured using the traditional orthodox technique practised in Sri Lanka for 150 years. The method calls for a short fermentation that preserves the quality and delicate flavours of the tea. Lover's Leap doesn't need milk and can be served as a vegan tea, although you could add a touch of honey or fresh lemon to enhance its sparkling natural character.
With each sip of this brisk yet lightly fragrant tea, you're not only sampling a great brew but also indulging in the history of Ceylon tea. That each caddy comes packed with antioxidant-rich leaves – associated with everything from improved immune system function to lowered risk of heart attack and stroke – is simply a happy bonus.
The history of Lover's Leap
Lover's Leap tea garden is located in the mountainous Nuwara Eliya tea-growing district of central Sri Lanka and dates back to the birth of the Ceylon tea industry. Founded in 1883, it was the only tea plantation owned by James Taylor, a Scottish pioneer of Ceylon tea back in the days when the British colonists regularly decamped to the hills to escape the suffocating heat of the coastal plains below.
Still sometimes referred to as 'Little England' for its quaint bungalows, neat gardens and colonial-era hotels, Nuwara Eliya came into its own as a tea-growing region in the 1870s, after a rust fungus wiped out Sri Linka's previously thriving coffee plantations. As it turned out, the cool mountain air, rugged terrain, moderate rainfall and occasional frosty nights were well suited to the newly planted bushes, and the Ceylon tea industry never looked back.
Today, Lover's Leap is one of Sri Lanka's most revered plantations, renowned as much for its natural beauty as the quality of its teas. Named for two young sweethearts who allegedly leapt from the top of a picturesque waterfall on the estate, the garden is located in an area of outstanding beauty, where the crisp mountain air carries the fragrance of abundant cypress groves, eucalyptus and wild mint.
If you love this delicious Sri Lankan black tea…
Ceylon teas are renowned for being as idiosyncratic as the varied terrain they are grown in. Luckily, we offer a wide range of styles, some available in a caddy as well as tea bags, individually wrapped or otherwise. For another high-grown tea, try Adam's Peak Lover's Leap or, for a lively yet smooth style, we recommend Kenilworth. Alternatively, for full-bodied brews perfect for breakfast, try our Ruhuna or Bogawantalawa teas.
For the full range of Ceylon teas, see our Tea Shop. While you're browsing, you might like to check out our range of stunning teaware, which runs from elegant glass pitchers to bright and bold ceramics.