Taste and selection
When we select the types to be included in our own Chaplon Tea Estate brand, we taste the daily productions in different sorting degrees. The taste may change dramatically from day to day and it is important for us to select the best of our day productions before it is all mixed together into a weekly production with a sorting code such as FTGBOP.
We split the tasting in series of approximately 30 cups and sorting degrees and select the 2 best. When we have been through 3-4 series of 30 cups we have 6-8 winners, of which one or two are selected.
UVA Quality Season
August and September is called “Quality Season” in the UVA-district, Sri Lanka, and is the periode when the harvest is best. In the months up to the harvest, the climate is relatively harsh. The temperature varies a lot and there is a constant dry wind. The harsh conditions make the plants grow and develop very slowly. The best qualities from the “Quality Season” are elegant, soft and flourishing but at the same time full-bodied and powerful.
This is a blend of our pure tea from the Gâlle district which is located in the south-western part of Sri Lanka. Lowland tea is produced in this area which gives a heavier and more powerful taste than highland tea.
The tea has a beautiful dark colour, a powerful spicy, yet soft taste with a slight nutty aftertaste. Fits perfectly for cold weather and is powerful enough to take milk, honey and sugar.
Preparation: Ceylon Galle should be brewed in a preheated teapot. For best results use soft water. Remove the kettle from the heat the moment the water starts to boil. Use one slightly heaped teaspoon of tea (2 grams) per cup (20 cl.) and pour water over the leaves right after the boiling. Serve the tea when the desired intensity has been reached.Let the tea infuse for 3-5 minutes.
Chaplon Tea Mountain Flower is a combination of green Sencha tea, black Pekoe tea and flowers. Sencha is light in taste and does not turn bitter as easily as other green teas. Pekoe is a very fine quality of top buds with a very low content of tannins. The tea is blended with dried flowers and citrus oils. The tea has a scent of flowers and a fresh, soft and round taste.
Preparation: Mountain Flower should be brewed in a preheated teapot. For best results use soft water. Bring water to 85°C. Use one heaped teaspoon of leaves (2 grams) per cup (20 cl.), pour the hot water over them. Serve the tea when the desired intensity has been reached.Let the tea infuse for 3-5 minutes.
Full Moon is the Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka and the Full Moon-days are always holidays with all respect for the Buddhist precepts. First Full Moon in April is New Year and Buddha’s birth and death are commemorated on the most important of all Full Moons, May.
A beautiful golden colour with a fresh and light taste of citrus and a long-lasting sweet taste suitable for festive seasons and the cool clear evenings. Great warm and for making ice tea. Children love the natural sweetness with no sugar added.
Full Moon is part of our ”Tea for celebration” that also includes “Christmas Tea” and “Eid Mubarak” with the same sweetness.
Preparation: Full Moon should be brewed in a preheated teapot. For best results use soft water. Bring water to 85°C. Use one heaped teaspoon of leaves (2 grams) per cup (20 cl.), pour the hot water over them. Serve the tea when the desired intensity has been reached.Let the tea infuse for 6-8 minutes.
Fresh red strawberries is the essence of Danish Summer, the same way a trip to Tivoli Gardens is – the oldest amusement park in the world. This tea is a blend of the exclusive white tea combined with the green senchatype tea from our plantations in Sri Lanka, dried strawberries and jasmine flowers. Tivoli tea has a soft and mild taste, with clear notes of strawberry and flowery jasmine. Tivoli tea contains natural sweetness and simply tastes like a clear hot Summer day.
Green tea & white tea with a selection of plants and fruits that thrive and are harvested during the monsoon. In Sri Lanka’s tropical climate, monsoon comes twice a year, and the evergreen Graviola-trees with the acidulous soursop fruit thrive here. In the high-altitude areas where our tea plantation is located, rhubarb is grown. Rhubarb was originally introduced by Irish immigrants. They both compliment the green tea. Monsoon tea has a soft and delicate taste and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
Earl Grey is our Pekoe tea with bergamot oil. A small Italian manufacturer supplies the precious bergamot oil, which is pressed using a traditional method and thus has an elegant taste of mandarin. Pekoe is a very fine quality bud with low levels of tannins. We have mixed our tea with the precise amount of Jasmine flowers creating a pleasing round and fresh taste.
Preparation: Earl Grey should be brewed in a preheated teapot. For best results use soft water. Remove the kettle from the heat the moment the water starts to boil. Use one slightly heaped teaspoon of tea (2 grams) per cup (20 cl.) and pour water over the leaves right after the boiling. Serve the tea when the desired intensity has been reached.Let the tea infuse for 3-5 minutes.
Quince is a small pear-shaped fruit, which actually originates from Persia and has been well received in Europe – not least among tea people with a preference for flavoured tea. A well known, slightly perfumed European classic.
We have 2 different blends with quince:
The mild variant is based on white and green tea with quince. Should be enjoyed without milk
The more powerful variant is based on black and green tea. Can be enjoyed with milk.
Both types of quince blends have added dried apple pieces.
Peppermint is a blend of green tea, black tea and peppermint. A fresh tea that is perfect on warm days. Can be sweetened with cane sugar and should be oxidized before serving – hold the jug about 40 cm above the glass and pour in a long stream. A really good tea that can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
Our Eid Mubarak tea has a sweet and flower-like taste with clear notes of rose and mint. You can enjoy the tea both hot and cold. This tea has a natural sweetnewss; quench your thirst by serving it in a high glass with lots of ice for a late summer gathering, or serve it with cakes and sweet fruits and berries. Eid Mubarak is the greeting used during the Eid celebration, which is held world-wide by everyone with relation to Islam.
Eid Mubarak is part of our ”Tea for celebration” that also includes “Christmas Tea” and “Full Moon” with the same sweetness.