Amba Estate is an all-natural tea farm in the highland Uva district of Sri Lanka. The estate is nestled in a little valley below Lipton's Seat (site of Sir Thomas Lipton's first tea estate), and is located above the famous Ravan Ella Waterfalls (known as the refuge of the Goddess Sita in the Ramayana). The team is dedicated to creating high-quality, hand-made teas through ethical industry practices and environmental sensitivity. A creative new tea by Amba Estate, blended with flowers from the Camellia sinensis tea plant. This OP1 Black Tea is brisk and bold, with raisin and malt flavors complemented by the natural mild honey sweetness from the flowers.
Amba aims to maintain these ancient fields by using strict organic growing methods, which requires enormous extra effort. They use no artificial fertilizers, pesticides or weed-killers. To maintain and enhance soil fertility, Amba uses their own compost and organic sprays, using green plant material from the Estate's ground and manure from their own herd of ‘rescue cows’. They weed the fields manually, and leave the trimmed leaf material as mulch between the bushes to improve water and nutrient retention. They also plant gliricidia and other nitrogen-fixing plants between the tea, making for very healthy plants.
All of their teas are truly artisanal and are made in small batches by hand. Amba is empowering tea workers beyond the norm in Sri Lanka by teaching them the crucial techniques to make high-quality teas. While most tea workers in Sri Lanka are assigned to one or two tedious tasks and have no stake in the final product, Amba Estates upskills tea workers and gives them long-term, rewarding employment. As a result, the team creates teas of unprecedented quality and creativity.