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Lover’s Leap

Estate Tea

GRADE – OP(Orange Pekoe)


Cup characteristics:  The liquor is bringht with excellent flowery flavor and a cup that tends somewhat light. A good after-dinner tea.

Luxury ingredients:  Black tea.

£ 3.90

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SKU: 771541415003 Categories: ,


Lover’s Leap ( a western tea estate) is one of the best tea gardens in Sri Lanka. During its peak season (Feb/Mar) this estate’s production is characterized by a delightful flavour that is astringent and lively. The best weather for producing quality tea is highlighted by cool nights, dry weather and bright sunny days.

These conditions force the tea bush to expend all its energies into the new growth leaves giving the tea its best flavour. During February and March the cool moisture laden northeast monsoon winds after traveling across the bay of Bengal “hit” the island. The winds rise as they cross the Central Highlands of Shi Lanka. As the air rises it cools and the moisture condenses giving rise to very wet conditions on the east side of the central divide but dry and cool rain shadow conditions on the western side. Not surprisingly, the western tea estates peak in quality. The top elevations of Lover’s Leap very often are in the clouds.

Lover’s Leap received its name because situated on the estate is a cliff where lovers would throw themselves over if they were jilted or they were not allowed to marry one another. Not far from Lover’s Leap is a lovely hotel/inn called “The Hill Club”. Deep leather lounge chairs comfortably display 80 years of wear, windows are open ramshackled shutters slap in the breeze and you are addressed as “The Master” and ” The Madam”.

This tea is a true Orange Pekoe grade. Interestingly, the term Orange Perkoe has little to do with quality as it is a size grading term. Orange Pekoe in true tea jargon stands for whole leaf. When you pour boiling water on this tea you will see how the leaf uncurls and expands quite dramatically, a process called “the agony of the leaf”.



Put 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 7-9oz / 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 1-3 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Add milk & sugar to taste. Ideal Brewing Temperature: 90ºC/194ºF


(Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher, straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing freshly brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)

We strongly recommend using filtered or freshly drawn cold water brought to a rolling boil when brewing all types of tea. Today’s water has been known to carry viruses, parasites and bacteria. Boiling the water will kill these elements and reduce the potential incidence of water-borne illnesses.

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