OP1 with Tea Flowers


Tea: OP1 with Tea Flowers

Grower: Beverly-Claire Wainwright of Amba Estate

Origin: Ambadandegama, in Uva, Sri Lanka

Harvest Date: November 2013

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A creative new tea by Amba Estate, blended with flowers from the Camellia sinensis tea plant. This OP1 Black Tea is brisk and bold, with raisin and malt flavors complemented by the natural mild honey sweetness from the flowers.

OP1 refers to the grade of the tea, which is the highest (number 1) quality of pekoe tea: Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. It is made using only the finest quality one leaf and bud that is hand-plucked with great care. The tea is processed in small batches by hand.

Sri Lanka is famous for its brisk but flavorful Ceylon black tea, but this hand-crafted black tea from Amba Estate is of unprecedented quality. Much of Sri Lanka's production is commodity, low-quality tea. It is only through carefully-processed specialty teas like these from Amba Estate that the Ceylon profile can be experienced fully.

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Recommended Brewing Instructions:

Use 1tsp (~2g) per 250ml cup. Brew for 2 minutes.

- 195F for a smoother, lighter profile with honeysuckle and light citrus notes.

- 205F for a bolder, fuller profile with stronger raisin, malt and grapefruit notes.

This tea can be rebrewed up to 2 times, with hotter water and longer infusions.


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Amba Estate

Region: Ambadandegama, Sri Lanka