SEPTEMBER, 2017: Craighead Estate Orange Pekoe XS; Handpicked artisanal teas are wonderfully blessed with the fingerprint of Nature, as their aroma, taste and flavour are crafted by Nature herself. On the eye, nose and palate, the character of fine tea is shaped by soil, rain, wind, temperature and sunshine. Amidst those however there is very occasionally a tea that is very, very special. It is the result of a specific and rare natural phenomenon. On Craighead Estate, at 1,000 metres above sea level and amidst the Gini Ella waterfall and Ceylon Clove, Nutmeg, Pepper and other spices, a very unique tea was nurtured by Nature on 22nd April 2017.
Chosen to symbolise the richness of the 150 year heritage of Ceylon Tea, our Craighead Estate 150th Anniversary Orange Pekoe Extra Special, is a beautiful tea – on the eye and on the palate. It was first tasted with President of Worldchefs, Thomas Gugler on 29th July 2017 and is launched at the t-Lounge by Dilmah in Dubai's Ibn Batuta Mall by Dilmah Founder Merrill J. Fernando and t-Lounge partner Ramiz Raja.
The fleeting climatic conditions that made this tea possible, also make it very rare, for just 12 kg, were made, enough for 250 tin caddies of the Craighead Estate Seasonal Flush. The teas will be offered at Dilmah t-Lounges around the world in limited quantity, and on the Dilmah Online Tea Boutique. It is a tribute to the historic Ceylon Tea Industry, being pure and solely the product of the favourable influence of Nature and the artisanship of expert tea pickers, teamakers and tasters. Sadly, it is also rare, but a true pleasure and luxury.
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