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Kenilworth Estate Ceylon Orange Pekoe

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A superb Ceylon from a world-famous estate.

This outstanding example of an Orange Pekoe grade Ceylon tea has been sourced from the Kenilworth Estate in the western Sri Lankan hills. Named after Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, the estate is renowned for its traditionally mature style of Ceylon, characterised by an attractively long, unbroken leaf and subtle oaky tones to the cup.

At altitudes of up to 4,000 feet, the 700-acre estate profits from the fresh climate and seasonal monsoons of the hills. The best tender leaves are picked after the first monsoon and processed during the cooler weather, allowing the tea to develop its famously smooth, almost creamy texture - you'll taste none of the astringency sometimes associated with Ceylon tea. Indeed, Kenilworth holds the record for the highest price ever paid at auction for its Orange Pekoe grade tea - clear, complex and refreshingly sweet, it's not hard to see why.

  • Tea Type

    Black Tea

  • Origin

    Sri Lanka

  • Taste Profile

    Refreshing, Rich

  • Tastes like

    Clear and complex with subtle notes of oak

  • Food pairing

    The clear taste of this Ceylon is great with Gorgonzola cheese

  • When to drink

    Something for special occasions

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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Sri Lanka

Known by the country’s original colonial name, Ceylon, Sri Lankan tea is one of the world’s most popular single origin varieties. However, its success is one of those surprisingly flukes of history. Coffee plantations were originally the country’s main economic resource and it wasn’t until the 1860s that the Scottish pioneer James Taylor planted the first tea bush. He wasn’t having much luck, but when a sudden blight devastated the coffee plantations the Sri Lankan tea industry took centre stage. The tea’s clean, brisk taste proved a real hit at the London tea auctions and the British have never looked back…

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We've numbered our Kenilworth Ceylon tea 47 to reflect the founding date of the Estate, 1947.

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