Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Tea Story: Taking the plunge!

It's been a long time since I've written about a tea legend. I've been feeling very creative lately, so it’s the perfect time for a little tale. This is a story about forbidden love.

Once upon a time, a charming Prince fell madly in love with a gal who was below his social status. Isn't that always the case? This courtship really ruffled some feathers around the palace. How could a Prince take up companionship with a peasant girl with nothing to her name? The pair tried to hide their romance from the royal snobs, but were unsuccessful in all their efforts. So they ran. The Prince's father, upon hearing news of his son's flight, chased the two love birds all the way to the top of a waterfall. With no way out of this jam, and not wanting to live a life apart from one another, the Prince and his sweetheart held hands and jumped off the cliff of the waterfall, sealing their love for each other forever.

What does this lame story have to do with tea you might be thinking? Well, there are tea gardens grown on top of the cliff as well as the foothills by the waterfall. The aptly named Lovers' Leap Estate grows tea high above the town of Nuwara Eliya, at 5,700 feet above sea level. It is known to be some of the finest Ceylon tea in Sri Lanka.

Lovers' Leap tea is harvested from February through March. The large leaves produce a rich, black tea that is delicate with a slight astringency. With a biscuit like flavour, this tea is best enjoyed on its own, but can be taken with a little honey and lemon too.

If you're in the mood for a little romance and just happen to be in Sri Lanka, you can drop by -- pun intended -- and see the beautiful 30 metre long waterfall. Enjoy a cup of Lovers' Leap tea while you’re there too, but just watch your footing!

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