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Seasonal Flush Craighead Estate Dawn 2017 FBOP

This rare harvest of the bud and first leaf is Nature’s New Year gift, crafted by cool, dry weather over Christmas and handpicked for the dawn of 2017. A tea of extraordinary finesse, the neatly wiry leaf brews a bright, golden orange tea with a fragrance that is softly reminiscent of a garden awakening in spring. The coppery leaf reveals quality, and the exceptionally refined tea offers beautiful notes of mango, mild herbs and grapes, ending perfectly with a mild sweet citrus finish.

Craighead Estate

Craighead Estate is located in Nawalapitiya in the Kandy District and comprises of five divisions. Its highest elevation is 1150 metres above sea level and the tea factory is at 1143 metres. The Estate is bordered by the beautiful Gampola valley to the East, the stunning Dolosbage hills to the West, the Adams Peak to the South, and the Pidurutalagala mountain range to the North.

A miracle of nature brought exclusively by Dilmah

Tea is a true gift from nature – a healing herb that has for centuries offered comfort while producing vigor, creativity and contentment in millions around the world. Yet, as is the nature of anything so complex and yet simple, tea has its own secrets it unveils through time, aided by Mother Nature and her erstwhile helpmates. Like the discovery of a rare blue diamond in the midst of a thousand others, like the unveiling of a map to a secret treasure trove, tea has its moments when it bestows on mankind – upon rare occasions when it pleases – a true miracle of nature. And this is none other than the Seasonal Flush tea.
The result of a fleeting climatic phenomenon where wind, sunshine and the terroir of the land join hands to produce conditions that are conducive for this creation process, Seasonal Flush teas are extremely rare and unique. Dry winds that fan the valleys and slopes, supported by chilly nights and bright, dry days with infrequent light afternoon showers, cause flavor in the leaves to become concentrated as the tea plant undergoes stress and prepares for drought. The ten days preceding the January Seasonal Flush showed a constant difference between the temperature during the day and night; between 30.6°C – 7.8°C.

That combination offers the perfect conditioning for tea leaves to produce ‘seasonal character’.

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