Ruhunu - Lumbini Estate OP1

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A superb low-grown tea from the district of Morawak Korale. This award-winning tea is velvety and rich with a plum-like finish. For those of us from the West exploring the Ruhunu region of Sri Lanka home to Lumbini estate is an incredible adventure. As your car winds into the hills a veritable riot of scenery passes by your window. Women in brightly colored saris hoist large baskets of fruit and vegetables fresh from the jungle as religious processions wind their way along the roadside music blasts from loudspeakers brightly painted roadside stalls overflow with bananas mangos and papayas vehicles of every shape and size stream past livestock bray under their riders and neatly dressed school children pour out of roadside school houses all blending together in a cacophony of sight sound and smell.Contrasting with this world of excitement and chaos are the neatly planted fields of tea scattered throughout the countryside their ordered rows and stately white-washed shade trees stretching for acres. Although most of Sri Lanka's better-known teas are produced farther "up-country"in the Uva and Dimbula growing districts many fabulous teas are grown at the comparatively lower elevations of the Ruhunu region. Most plantations in Ruhunu are situated at roughly 2000 feet - (Lumbini falls into this category). Teas grown in the Ruhunu tend to be full bodied and thick with an arguably more robustmouth feelthan the high grown teas Sri Lanka is famous for. Lumbini OP 1 is a stunning example of this regional character. The estate is considered one of the finest in the area and in August 2006 was awarded aOne Starrating by the Sri Lankan tea board. Earning the star requires excellence in 5 categories: tea quality estate productivity hygiene practices production excellence and social responsibility programs.One sip of Lumbini's OP1 offering and you'll understand why the estate deserved the award. The full-bodied cup leads with a brooding character that rolls over the tongue followed by the round sultry expressiveness of plum finishing with long satisfying layers of astringency. With its bright coppery infusion Lumbini OP1 can be enjoyed straight or with a dash of milk to helpopenthe cup - an amazing tea.

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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

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