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Tea Regions in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon) is home to several major tea-producing areas. Each is known for its unique terroir. Sri Lanka is divided into six main tea growing regions of which three are high-growing; Uva, Nuwara Eliya, and Dimbula which is probably Sri Lanka's most famous tea growing region, High Grown teas which are grown at an elevation above 1,200m. .

Mid-grown or medium grown teas, located in the district of Kandy, are medium bodied, brisk, and assertive, yet mellow, with a rich flavor and color, Mid Grown teas which are from 600m to 1,200m

Low-grown teas, grown around the island's periphery, and found mostly in the southern region, Galle & Rathnapura, Low Grown teas which are teas grown on an elevation between sea level to 600m.

Each elevation has its own distinctive characteristics in appearance, flavour, aroma and strength. Therefore, different grades of tea, by nature, come from different locations.

Low grown teas, which are subjected to long periods of sunshine, dry and somewhat warm and moist conditions, exhibit a burgundy brown liquor and a malt, heavy note with black leaf appearance. Whereas High grown teas grown on an elevation of around 3,000 feet would be dramatically different – depending on the time of year, influenced by the chill winds, dry and cool conditions these teas are likely to be extraordinarily light, with greenish, grassy tones in honey golden liquors.

High grown teas from Sri Lanka are reputed for their taste and aroma. The two types of seasonal tea produced in these areas Dimbula and Nuwara Eliya are much sought after by blenders in tea importing countries. Uva teas from Eastern Highlands contain unique seasonal characters and are widely used in many quality blends particular in west Germany and Japan.

The medium grown teas provide a thick coloury variety which are popular in Australia, Europe, Japan and North America.

The teas produced in low grown areas are mainly popular in Western Asia, middle Eastern countries and CIS countries. Most factories in these areas produced what are known as leafy grade of tea where the tea leaves are well twisted and can grade into long particles.


  High Grown

  Mid Grown

  Low Grown



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