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Ceylon Tea History

Ceylon Tea has a very significant and colorful history that dates back to 1824 when the first tea plant brought from China by the British was planted in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy. In 1839 more tea plants sent from Assam in India were planted in Estates around Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. However the main export crop at the time was Coffee which was thriving until a fungal disease known as ‘coffee rust’ devastated the coffee plantations bringing to an end the coffee era of Ceylon.

It was about then; in 1867 a Scotsman named James Taylor planted the first tea sapling in Loolecondra Estate in Kandy, and thus commenced the commercial cultivation of tea. Here Taylor experimented with various types of tea cultivation and processing methods so as to achieve ideal blends of exquisite flavor and taste.

Soon after this, Taylor set about building his own tea factory in Loolecodra, were tea was manufactured and packed for sale. In 1875 the first shipment of Ceylon tea was sent to The London Tea Auction. This was the beginning of the Tea epoch in Sri Lanka, with all the coffee plantations being converted to thriving tea plantations. This resulted in tea production growing considerably, bringing about an increase in tea exports, and thus making Sri Lanka one of the leading tea manufacturers and exporters in the world.

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