The inky black, rolled Pekoe leaf, with shotty appearance evolves into a coppery, dark infusion when infused. The mahogany colour and thick aroma suggest a full bodied tea and indeed presents a surprisingly powerful, yet restrained tea with an earthy character that is typical of tea from the Ratnapura Region. This tea is rich in flavor with a touch of malt and hints of fig and stewed fruit.
Tasting tea is an art that can be perfected only through experience. Experts undergo years of training in order to develop their pallet but even they can disagree on the variances of the character of the tea. All teas have a unique profile and we believe that there is a systematic approach towards tea tasting. It helps one relate the sensor character of tea to its terroir and the production process behind it- leaving you with a better understanding and appreciation for the liquor.
It is best to taste tea when you are in the right mindset- for many of us, that entails when we are full of energy and creativity. Only then can you appreciate the spirit of tea and experience a delicate balance of peace, comfort and finesse.
Rilhena Estate is situated near Pelmadulla town in the Sabaragamuwa Province, an area enriched with gem stones. The estate is also in close proximity to the historic Ganegam Buddhist Temple which was purportedly constructed by King Walahamba in the 14th Century. The distinct feature of this temple is the large statue of Lord Buddha in a standing position, which is an uncommon pose for statues of the Buddha found in Sri Lanka. This temple is an important place of worship for Buddhists.