Kandy OP - Sylvakandy Estate

Regular price £3.45

Over the years we have sampled many grades of tea from this estate but felt that their OP grade offering was the best example of the high quality they offer. Sample a pot for yourself and you will discover a wonderfully rich cup with lush floral notes a medium thick liquor and a bright golden cup. Throughout the world of tea Sylvakandy Estate has been associated with exceptionally crafted teas for decades. Over the years we have sampled many grades of tea from this estate but felt that their OP grade offering was the best example of the high quality they offer. Sample a pot for yourself and you will discover a wonderfully rich cup with lush floral notes a medium thick liquor and a bright golden cup. Sylvakandy is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka in what is known as the Matale District.The location was chosen for its high elevation - the estate's gardens range from 550 to1220 meters above sea level and its the heavy and consistent rainfall - over 110 inches per annum thanks to both the Southwest and Northwest monsoons. Incidentally the factory at Sylvakandy sits at 805 meters above sea level at the estate's approximate halfway vertical point. The estate is split into 4 divisions with a little over 520 hectars.

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Flowery consists of large leaves, typically plucked in the second or third flush with an abundance of tips. Golden flowery includes very young tips or buds (usually golden in colour) that were picked early in the season. Tippy includes an abundance of tips. for more information about tea classification / grading -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_leaf_grading 

Grade

Description
OP
Orange Pekoe
Main grade, consisting of long wiry leaf without tips.
OP1
More delicate than OP; long, wiry leaf with a light liquor.
OPA
Bolder than OP; long leaf tea which ranges from tightly wound to almost open.
OPS
Orange Pekoe Superior
Primarily from Indonesia; similar to OP.
FOP
Flowery Orange Pekoe
High-quality tea with a long leaf and few tips, considered the second grade in Assam, Dooars, and Bangladesh teas, but the first grade in China.
FOP1
Limited to only the highest quality leaves in the FOP classification.
GFOP
Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Higher proportion of tip than FOP. Top grade in the Milima and Marinyn regions, but uncommon in Assam and Darjeeling.
TGFOP
Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
The highest proportion of tip, and the main grade in Darjeeling and Assam.
TGFOP1
Limited to only the highest quality leaves in the TGFOP classification.
FTGFOP[a]
Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
Highest quality grade.
FTGFOP1
STGFOP
SFTGFOP
Limited to only the highest quality leaves in the FTGFOP classification.

Type of Tea Quantity of Tea Water Temp Steeping Time
White 3-5g per cup 70c 5-6 mins
Green 3-5g per cup 75c 2-5 mins
Black 3-5g per cup 95c 4-6 mins
Oolong 3-5g per cup 95c 5-8 mins
Pu-erh 3-5g per cup 95c 4-6 mins