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No. 17

Lover's Leap - Loose Leaf

Ceylon Black Tea

If you like a brew that’s equal parts soothing and full of fresh, bright aromas, you’re bound to fall for Lovers Leap, a luxury high-grown Ceylon black tea.

From: Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka

LOOSE LEAF
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8-15 days, up to 30*, Not Tracked

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From £15.00

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2-3 days, up to 7*, Tracked

ROW Tracked

From £18.95

Fedex

1-5 days, up to 5*, Tracked

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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.

Learn about the history of this tea


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.

Ingredients


Pure Sri Lankan black tea

Tasting notes


This tea offers a hint of unripped fruity aroma and rose red infusion. A bold and astringent cup with subtle spicy notes with brisk mouthfeel.

Region


Nuwara Eliya district, around the eponymous city, is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, about 25 miles south of Kandy. At the heart of the hill country, the terrain throughout the district is generally mountainous, with deep valleys, plateaus, basins, and vast rolling estates dotted with thick forested areas and jungles towards the North.

Learn more about Dimbula, Nuwara Eliya District, Sri Lanka

The city itself sits at 1,868 m above sea level. North of the city, Sri Lanka’s tallest mountain, Pidurutalagala, peaks at 2,542 m, and the revered Adam’s Peak sits on the Southern edge of the district, peaking at 2,243 m above sea level. The area is famous for its cool, temperate climate (Cfb), which made it a popular hill station in the 19th century, and a much-loved resort and health spa in the present day. Temperatures remain steadily warm throughout the year. March and April are the warmest months with an average high of 22°C and low of 11°C. The coldest months, form November to January, range from 9°C to 20°C.

There is heavy cloud cover throughout the year, with slightly cleared skies from December until March. The district is part of the Wet Zone in South-Western Sri Lanka. Consequently, rain falls throughout the year, with the highest precipitation in October and November, combined with low wind and medium humidity. Spring and summer experience lower but consistent rainfall, with gentle wind and increased humidity in April and May.

Above 1,000m, the montane rain forests are known for their biodiversity and endemic species. They also harbour the endangered Sri Lanka leopard, numerous species of shrews, squirrels, civet and langur. Soils throughout the island are generally suitable for agriculture, although some areas, particularly in the highlands, are eroded. In the Nuwara Eliya district, the elevation and cool climate offer ideal conditions for many European fruit and vegetable, as well as rubber and rice. But the hills really belong the tea, which was introduced in the 1860s after a devastating disease killed all the coffee plantations. The district is considered as the most important tea production hub in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan high-grown teas are known for their outstanding quality.

How to brew

3g - 4g

3g - 4g

100°C

100°C

200ml

200ml

3 - 5mins

3 - 5mins

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