Kenilworth tea is known around the world for its full bodied strong liquors (liquors is a tea tasting term for taste of the tea in the cup) and is considered to be the hallmark of Ceylon medium grown teas. This estate receives an average rainfall of 190 inches per year. The location of the estate is unique in that both the South West and North East monsoons bring rain to this particular region. Kenilworth annually produces about 2 million pounds of tea and employs a work force of 930 people. Kenilworth also is the main factory for 250 small holders (a small holder is an independent farmer who grows tea on small plots of land – generally about 2 or 3 acres). The fact that Kenilworth buys the green leaf from these small holders is important as this act provides a valuable source of income for these independent farmers. One of the main highways between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya passes through the tea fields of Kenilworth. It is quite a sight, the tea pluckers resplendent in their colourful dress wending their way through the impeccably manicured tea fields plucking the ‘two leaves and a bud’.
Country of Origin: Sri Lanka