The origins of our single origin Adam's Peak tea
With its crisp yet smooth flavour and heavenly aromas of caramel and spice, our Adam's Peak loose-leaf tea from Sri Lanka is the pinnacle of high-grown teas from the hilly country. Made from the most tender buds and bursting with silver tips, it's an outstanding example of a Ceylon tea that can be enjoyed mid-morning or in the afternoon.
Taking its name from Sri Lanka's iconic 2,243m-high mountain, also known as Sri Pada, Adam's Peak has a delicious richness that's hard to top. Its FBOPF (Finest Broken Orange Pekoe Flowery) graded tea leaves have an abundance of silver tips that brew to a brilliant orange infusion with a deliciously rounded mouthfeel. Rich in flavonoids, Ceylon teas such as Adam's Peak is associated with health benefits, including lowered cholesterol and reduced risk of infection. Adam's Peak is particularly flavoursome when taken with a little milk, although you can make it a vegan tea by serving it black.
The smooth and delicate flavour of this exquisite single-origin black tea can be attributed to the unique weather and terroir of the Adam's Peak plantation, where it's grown. Here 2,100m above sea level, the misty morning mountain dew and long periods of intense sunlight endow teas with an exceptional flavour. Situated between Nuwara Elliya and Ratnapura district, in the highlands of southwestern Sri Lanka, this tea estate was one of the very early plantations cultivated in the region, founded in 1870 in the shadow of the holy mountain.
For hundreds of years, Adam's Peak has been a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus, who variously believe that Buddha, Adam or Shiva left their footprint on the mountaintop. Today, the holy mountain area is also renowned for producing characterful and authentic orthodox Ceylon brews – like this extra-special tippy tea.
Alternatives to this delicious black loose leaf tea
Ceylon teas are renowned for being as diverse as the varied terrain they are grown in. Luckily, we offer a wide range of styles, some available in a caddy as well as tea bags, individually wrapped or otherwise. For another high-grown tea, try Lover's Leap or, for a more delicate style, our Nuwara Eliya. Kenilworth is lively and smooth, while full-bodied brews include Luxury Pekoe, Ahinsa, Ruhuna and Bogawantalawa teas. Alternatively, for something popular, do consider our English Breakfast or Earl Grey teas.
For the full range of Ceylon teas, see our Tea Shop. While you're browsing, you might like to check out our range of stunning teaware, which runs from elegant glass pitchers to bright and bold ceramics.