The F.B.O.P.F.E.X.S from New Vithanakande is one of the best low-grown teas in Sri Lanka. Although it represents only 1% of the garden's production, this grade's finesse and aromatic richness have impressed connoisseurs over the last few years.
We are very pleased to announce that we have found an organic equivalent to New Vithanakande: Organic Ruby Ceylan, certified by Ecocert. We will no longer be offering New Vithanakande as we have chosen to offer an even more aromatic organic alternative.
Appearance: long, dark and well-rolled leaves that are not broken despite what might be assumed from the grade. Plucking features plenty of buds, somewhere between gold and silver.
Scents: fruity bouquet (ripe apples, strawberry), chocolaty and woody.
Scents: woody (damp wood) and fruity (apple), note of wet flowers .
Colour: mahogany, nice and clear liquor.
Texture: slightly oily, with a hint of astringency.
Flavours: slight bitterness.Aromas: woody and honey notes – typical of low-grown teas – culminating in the distinct presence of an apple note.
Aromatic profile and length in the mouth: initially soft and supple, the notes mainly develop at the mid-point. Long in the mouth, supported by the bitterness.
Suggestion of preparation
With the tasting set: 4 minutes in water heated to 95°C.
To prepare iced tea:
Steep 16g in 1L of water at room temperature 45min. Remove the tea leaves and refrigerate.
To prepare latte tea:
Steep 8g in a mixture of 25cl of water at 90°C and 25cl of hot milk for 5min.
Find out more about the latte preparation.