Ceylon FBOPF EX SP Silver Kandy is a black tea similar in style New Vithanakande FBOPF EX SP
This tea has been made in the style of an “extra special” tea originally created by the owners of the garden New Vithanakande.
What makes this tea “extra special” is the way the tips’ silver hue is preserved, that is, not allowed to oxidize while the rest of the leaves do. This skilfully made is every bit as good as we remember the original New Vithanakande tea being. This tea has a deep, mineral flavour and a nice bright cup. Ceylon FBOPF EX SP Silver Kandy is a nice alternative to a strong, malty Assam, it’s also a great way to wake up and get concentrating!
To understand what makes this tea different to other black teas from Sri Lanka we need to look at how the name is broken down:
Ceylon: This term refers to the country of origin, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is known for producing high quality teas and Ceylon teas are widely known and appreciated around the world.
FBOPF: This stands for Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings. It is a grading system used in the tea industry to classify the size and quality of tea leaves. “Flowery” indicates the presence of young, tender buds and “broken” refers to the leaves being broken into smaller pieces. Fannings would normally refer to the dust that remains after the larger leaf particles have been sorted into different grades. In this case, fannings are desirable because they give a more intense cup.
EX: This stands for Extra. This is an additional designation to indicate that the tea meets higher standards of appearance, flavour and overall quality.
SP: This stands for Special. Similar to EX, it indicates that the tea is of exceptional quality and has met specific criteria during the grading process.
Silver Kandy: The “silver” in the name is due to the fact that the tea has an abundance of silver tips, which are the aromatic young buds. “Kandy” refers to the central region of Sri Lanka where the tea is grown.