Vangedi Pekoe is the classic Amba OP1 broken into a smaller leaf grade. Vangedi is what a mortar and pestal is called in Sri Lanka, and this broken tea is much more typical of what Sri Lankan's drink for tea.
This tea comes in a beautiful hand-made pouch that holds 40g of tea. This tea directly benefits a women's institution in Sri Lanka and helps to fund their activities outside of Colombo.
The Amba Tea Estate is one of the few artisanal tea producers in Sri Lanka. It is also the finest example of terroir in Sri Lanka. We feel it accurately represents the Uva climate in this diverse country; the high altitude and harsh drought conditions this estate faces create a unique and unrivaled quality. These stressful growing conditions are then complimented with a fine level of plucking: one leaf and one bud. Hand rolled, fermented and dried, this tea receives a level of care that is close to devotion. We believe this tea to be our finest!
Amba is prized because of the unique, menthol almost eucalyptus aroma from the leaves. Add a maraschino cherry sweetness with the classic citrus undertones of Sri lanka and you experience a very complex cup of tea! Because this is a broken grade, it will brew much stronger and a bit more bitter. This tea will handle both milk and sugar very well.
While not certified; we know Amba to be an organic tea estate. Located at the top of the Ravana Ella falls, Amba looks out over a dramatic tableau of the Sri Lankan mountains, and is truly the perfect place for growing tea. It is owned by 4 aid workers who utilizes their knowledge of Sri Lanka to bring economic development to the region of Ambadandegama, as well as several charities around the area and in Colombo.