Plucking Season: Due to this region’s consistently warm and humid climate, high quality tea can be produced year-round. Introduction: Located at the southernmost end of the Island of Sri Lanka, just 22 km from Galle and at an elevation just above sea level, Akuressa is a lowland tea village. This region is known for its unique blend of European and Sri Lankan architecture as well as exquisite beaches. The life-giving Nilwala River moves through Akuressa, irrigating tea, cardamom and cinnamon farms as it flows gently into the Indian Ocean. Lowland Tea Unlike other tea growing regions in the world, many of the best teas in Sri Lanka are grown in the lowlands near the coast. Topographically, this tea is grown in a virtual crucible fostering quick growth and lush, full leaves and tips. Varietal The tea plant is not indigenous to Sri Lanka, therefore careful selection must be made as to the type of plants used in this region. Once a suitable varietal has been found, new plants are propagated from cuttings rather than seeds to ensure that the desirable characteristics remain intact from generation to generation. These new plants are referred to as clonals. Orthodox Processing Orthodox Manufacture refers to teas which are hand-plucked and processed in smaller quantities and closely watched to maintain predominantly full, unbroken leaf. Ceylon Silver Stripe is and orthodox tea produced from young leaf and tip bud, lightly withered and carefully rolled in a special, wooden base tea roller to maintain the leaf’s consistent color and shape. Silver Stripe During processing, the edges of each leaf and bud curl inward revealing the slender mid-vein of the leaf which has turned a bright white-silver color. Flavor Profile: A deep, full-bodied tea with balanced sweetness and astringency. Aromas of raw sugar and molasses give way to black cherry and dark fruit.