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Coconuts. Who doesn’t love them? The word coconut is thought to have been coined by Portuguese explorer Marco Polo. He thought that the 3 dark holes on their base made them look like a grinning face - in Portuguese “coco”. Ironically, the coconut tree is considered by many people to be the tree of life. Practically every part of a coconut and the tree itself is useable and has always played an important role in the life of tropical people. So what’s so ironic about that you ask? Well, falling coconuts kill an average of 150 people worldwide every year! That’s 15 times as many as sharks! Yikes. The danger comes from the fact that coconut trees can grow up to 100 feet in height. Luckily, this sweet and full bodied tea is best served at table height which averages about 2 feet.
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?
- We only use high grown teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka - Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly - perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. (We have tested teas from various other origins around the world as base stock for our flavored teas, but none of these teas made the grade.) Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
- We use flavoring oils not crystals to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat.
- We specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors, which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.