Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
Region: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula or Uva districts
Shipping Port: Colombo
Grade: OP (Orange Pekoe) Altitude: 4800 - 7600 feet above sea level
Cup Characteristics: Infuses with a pleasant nutty character that goes well with a dash of milk. Cup strikes a subtle balance between the sweetness of almond and the tea’s natural astringency.
Infusion: Bright and Coppery.
Ingredients: Luxury black tea, Almond slices, Sunflower + Calendula petals, Natural flavors.
Almonds. Where to begin? Shakespeare mentions them in Troilus and Cressida writing, "The parrot will not do more for an Almond". Neither would the medieval Europeans who loved almonds so much that when the Queen of France conducted an inventory of her chateau in 1372 they turned up only 20 lbs of sugar but 500 lbs of almonds! Originally from the Middle East, the nuts are even mentioned in the Bible - the rod of Aaron was an almond branch. Who knew?
What we know is that the sweet nutty character of the almond, Latin: amandela, perfectly suits this astringent high grown Ceylon tea. It is truly one of our more interesting flavored teas. Try it, but if you like it, and we're sure you will, don't blame us if you're moved to write a play, or stockpile 500 lbs. (Although we'd be more than happy to accommodate you!)