Ceylon single estate tea comes from a single plantation. The estate has its own name and a known geographical location, elevation, climate and soil characteristics. Because the tea factory is located here, the freshly plucked tea leaves can be processed immediately and turned into the final product. Single estate tea is not blended and comes in its pure form directly from the estate factory.
Most tea estates in Sri Lanka were created by the British by the end of the 19th century. The very first was set up by Scotsman James Taylor in 1867. Just as wine differs by winery, tea from each estate may have its own unique characteristics.
One of the best known tea growing districts is Nuwara Eliya, located in the Central province. It produces so called high-grown tea, due to its elevations up to 6,200 ft (1,890m). The cool climate of these elevations and limited rainfall, create a unique conditions for tea growing, resulting in a delicate flavor valued by tea connoisseurs around the world. One of most well known single estate teas from Nuwara Eliya region is Labookellie. The most popular tea grades produced are Orange Pekoe (OP), Pekoe, Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) and Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe (FBOP).