Ceylon Heredity

Ceylon Tea

Sri Lanka (Ceylon) a tropical island surrounded with sandy beaches, filled with lush green valleys, mystical mountains and blue waters, dive into the origin of Ceylon Tea and know how it comes to your cuppa!!

 

Ceylon Tea at its finest

Experience the unparalleled quality of Ceylon tea, meticulously checked and tasted by our master tasters. Sourced from the lush tea gardens of Sri Lanka, each sip embodies the rich heritage and exquisite flavor profiles that define Ceylon tea. Indulge in a journey of sensory delight with every cup, crafted with precision and passion to deliver an exceptional tea-drinking experience.

Symbol of Quality

Sri Lanka (Ceylon) a tropical island surrounded with sandy beaches, filled with lush green valleys, mystical mountains and blue waters, dive into the origin of Ceylon Tea and know how it comes to your cuppa!!

Journey through the past 

It was 1852 when Scotsman James Taylor a 17-year old arrived to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and settled in Loolecondera Estate, then on 1867 the first tea plantation was begun on a plot of 19-acre land on the Loolecondera Estate, Laying the foundation for Sri Lanka’s largest export industry for over a century and by 1872 a fully equipped tea factory began operating on the estate.

Ceylon Tea made its international debut in 1873 when twenty-three pounds of Ceylon tea produced by James Taylor reached London.

In 1880s the tea production in Sri Lanka accelerated with planters in the hill country started learning the basics of growing and manufacturing and with this Ceylon which was a coffee producer turned fully into a tea producer as a lucrative alternative and due to the coffee rust disease, which wiped out all the coffee plantations, by 1883 with the backing of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce the first of many Colombo tea auctions was held on the property of Somerville & Co.

In 1884, the Central Tea Factory was built on the Fairyland Estate (Pedro) in Nuwara Eliya, with this significant increase in production and manufacturing by 1899 nearly 400,000 acres of land was already covered with tea plantations.

In 1965 Sri Lanka became the largest exporter of Ceylon Tea which was a significant point in the history of Ceylon Tea, and with Sri Lankan government being nationalized in the period of 1971-1972 they took over all the privately held tea estates and back in 1993 all the state hold tea estates were returned to the private sector

While the export revenue reaching USD 1 billion in 2008, Sri Lanka Tea Board obtained necessary Geographical Indications (GI) certifications for Ceylon Tea meaning that only tea produced in certified regions of the island and meeting stringent quality norms could be marketed as ‘Ceylon Tea’ this was an important step in ensuring quality and preventing counterfeiting

Sri Lanka also became the first country to be recognized as producer of Ozone- friendly tea

2017 was marked the 150th year for Ceylon Tea. Since James Taylor established the first commercial tea plantation in 1867, today the Sri Lankan tea industry generate more than USD 1 billion in export revenue and employing over 1 million citizens