(Estate Black Tea)
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Uva - Bandarawela
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: FP (Flowery Pekoe)
Altitude: 4000- 4500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type: Orthodox
Cup Characteristics: Seasonal tea with a refreshing astringent flavor that is almost dry (to taste).
Infusion: Tending bright with golden yellow highlights
Ingredients: Luxury black tea.
The Uva district of Sri Lanka peaks in quality during the Southwest monsoons from July to September.
Aislaby is in the Malwatte Valley, also known as the heart of the Uva tea district. The pungency that this tea exhibits is particular to this district. Aislaby is classed as a high grown estate in that its bushes grow in a band between 4000 - 4500 feet above sea level. Aislaby is a medium sized estate for this region, covering 326 hectares (about 825 acres - there are 640 square acres in a square mile). The yield of the estate is about 1600 kilos per annum per hectare or about 1.1 million pounds per year.
Teas that come from high grown estates provide superior flavor and the best quality because: cooler temperatures, generally better soil conditions, more sunshine, generally slightly less rainfall - These conditions cause the bush to grow more slowly and the goodness and flavor is concentrated in the new shoots.