A powerful tea from our Rilhena Estate in the Ratnapure region, exhibiting twisted, dark brown leaf. When infused the tea evolves into a chocolate coloured infusion with a piquant and lightly smoky aroma. The amber liquor that is produced offers a robust and very unusual tea; smoked gently over the embers of Cinnamon wood for three days after fermentation, the tea has a pleasing smoky character with a hint of spicy, sweetness that is the result of the use of Ceylon Cinnamon in smoking the tea. A rare tea that ranks as an equivalent of a fine Islay Malt Whisky.
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.