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New Vithanakande Ceylon

New Mexico Tea Company
  • Spoon 1 tsp Per Cup
  • Kettle 212°F
  • Timer 4 Min

Hot Tea Brewing Instructions:

Bring spring or filtered drinking water to 212°F in a kettle. Add 1 tsp of tea leafs to a cup. Always pour boiling water over tea leafs and let steep 4 minutes.

Any of these variables can be changed to suit your particular palate, so experiment! Many teas can be steeped multiple times (especially green, white, and oolong). When steeping a tea multiple times increase the length of steep time slightly with each successive infusion.

Iced Tea Brewing Instructions:

1) Hot water method: For 1 gallon of iced tea, bring half a gallon of filtered water to boil in a pot. Turn off heat, and add 3 tablespoons (1 oz of tea), let steep for 4 minutes. Strain the tea into the other half gallon of cool water and refrigerate. If you want to serve immediately, you can pour the concentrate over ice to cool and dilute, then pour over ice again.

2) Sun tea: use a glass container and add 1 tsp of loose tea of each cup of water directly into the jug. Then set in the sun for a few hours, tasting occasionally to get the desired strength.

3) Cold brew: The slow cold-water-steeping method extracts natural sweetness and flavor from the tea leaf. It lessens the bitterness and tangy-ness produced by tannic acid so your tea tastes smooth and mild. Add 1 tsp of tea per cup of cold water and put in the refrigerator. When the water is chilled, your tea will be ready!

Price: $5.75

4oz(20% off)$18.40
8oz(35% off)$29.90
16oz(45% off)$50.60
4oz Tin w/ Label$21.90
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Graded STGFOP (Special Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), this tea has the highest proportion of tips. The "special" means it also uses the highest quality leaves in that classification.

Extra Info:

Sri Lanka is the largest single exporter of tea in the world. The country exports some 450 million pounds annually grown on half a million acres of land. Until 1869 Sri Lanka was principally a coffee exporter but a coffee blight wiped out the islandÕs coffee bushes. The area was replanted with tea by the British to serve to burgeoning tea market in Europe, Britain and the British colonies.


Ceylon Black tea,


Sri Lanka, New Vithanakande Estate


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5 Stars

Until you've had a Ceylon of this quality, you haven’t really had Ceylon. This Ceylon tea has an extra helping of the fruity, floral richness of a fine traditional (for Europeans) black tea. The flavors bloom with a teaspoon of half-and-half to make a special breakfast treat, but this tea is also lovely on its own if not brewed too strongly. It is smoother than other full bodied teas. If you are hosting high tea, these leaves brew an impressive afternoon.


5 Stars

I am not a tea connoisseur, but I have had a good share of decent quality teas in my life. I received Vithanakanda first as a sample, but after I tried it, I couldn't imagine my life without this tea. It has a very beautiful flavor, rich and flowery with a hint of rose petals (there is no flowers in it, the flavor comes from the black tea itself). Whether you are new to tea drinking or a seasoned veteran, this tea is a must.


5 Stars

Very flavorful and smooth with a nice after taste. I'm not a tea aficionado but this is avery pleasant tea that i enjoy very much. Something i will keep on hand.


5 Stars

At our house there are two teas that we like to serve for weekends and holidays. This is one of those teas. It is almost impossible to make a mistake when infusing it. One member of our household likes to make several infusions--that is an indication of its quality. But for all of us it is a tea that allows us to follow the arc from 212F to room temp. With a superb balanced profile and dark notes at all temps this is a special tea.


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