Recently while quoting prices for a trade client we learned that the price of Silver Tips was
substantially higher to what other company’s in the bid had quoted, and we were off by a long
We sat down with the potential client to show them the quality of our tea and to understand how someone could quote Silver Tips at lower than the cost of production for the estate. When we saw what our Silver Tips where being compared to we were shocked.
What is Silver Tips
Silver Tips are created from the TRI2043 cultivar. This is a special type of tea bush that is very
distinctive when seen against other cultivars. In the picture below you can see the words "Brunswick" this is the 2043 bush that we harvest Silver Tips from.
The leaf colour is much darker from a distance and on closer inspection the leaf has a reddish
colour to it.
This bush produces a fat silvery bud with its distinctive white hairs. It is these tips that are hand
plucked just before dawn, when the temperature is low and there is a chill in the air. The small
silvery hairs stand erect to protect the tender bud from the cold.
It takes 5 kilos of buds to produce one kilo of made silver tip tea.
Ceylon has a total black tea production of 330 Mil Kgs in comparison the quantity of silver tips is less than 500kgs per year.
Hence the deer prices that these extremely rare teas fetch on the international market.
The tea the client had been quoted for was not a silver tip but a Tippy low grown Ceylon, which is
more similar to variety of leaf that you would find in our New Vithanakande tea which is a FF Exsp.
After explaining to the client the above process and the fact that PMD is the sole supplier of Silver
Tips to Harrods in London. The client was in better position to make an informed decision. Click here
to see us in Harrods Magazine. https://www.facebook.com/PMDTEA/photos/pcb.1191772247500679/1191764254168145/?type=3&theater
Thank fully they are now the wiser and we are their tea supplier. If you shopping for white tea make
sure your white tea looks like this and not like this.
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.
Sri Lanka as world famous destination for wild life lovers, below are the top rated sceneries where one can ever experience in Sri Lanka.
Elephants gathering in Minneriya.
Minneriya National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife parks, second only to Yala National Park located in North Central province. Termed as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles of the world, the elephant gathering at the Minneriya National Park is a sight that should never be missed when embarking on safari during the months of July to October. There is only one place in the world and only one time of year when you could meet up with not just one but more than 300 wild elephants in one place.
The Asian elephant is the largest land animal inhabiting the Asian Continent. Its young are nourished with milk and therefore they are classified as mammals. Presently they are native to only 13 countries in Asia. Due to the rapid reduction in their distribution and population size, elephants are listed as an endangered species.
Type: Mammal Weight: 2000 kg to 5400 kg (sex dependent)
Size: 2.4 to 2.7m height Average life span: 60 to 80 years
Diet: Herbivore Size Relative: The size of a small bus
Sri Lankan Leopards
The Leopard (Panthera pardus, Linnaeus, 1758) is the most secretive and elusive of the large carnivores, and also the shrewdest. Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is one of the eight recognized subspecies of Leopard in the world which is endemic only to Sri Lanka. Leopards are found across the mountainous ranges, rainforests and the dry-zone jungles in Sri Lanka, especially Wilpattu national park and Yala National Parks enabling good sightings of the big cats throughout the year. Due to the lack of other large carnivores such as lions, hyenas and tigers which are found across Africa and India for example, the Sri Lankan Leopard is the country’s top terrestrial carnivore making them much bolder and more active during daylight hours enabling good opportunities for sightings.
Type: Mammal Average life span: Up to 20 years
Diet: Carnivorous Size Relative: well-grown large dog
Whale Watching Sri Lanka.
The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is the largest animal documented so far to ever have existed on earth. The seas around Sri Lanka offer the chance to see Blue Whales in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world. Blue Whales do not move in groups like Sperm Whales for example. However, off the south coast they gather for feeding, with mothers often seen with calves. A concentration of blue whales of this nature is something which whale watchers can only dream about.
Type: Mammal Weight: as much as 40 African elephants
Average life span: over 70 years Diet: Krill
Size Relative: long as three buses parked end to end
This is not strange theory in today’s tourism but still we are far away from our responsibilities. Be responsible for the environment and the community, wherever you travel across the world. Make sure to keep only your footprint everyplace you travel and don’t take anything as granted.
- Make optimal use of environmental resources, as they constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
- Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
- Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.
Out of all the estates that Ceylon has to offer. Non are better known than Lovers Leap found in the Nuwareliya region.
Nuwareliya is a picturesque plateau that sits in the central hill country. This region is sandwiched between Dimbula to the west and Uva to the east. Thus Nuwareliya teas experience both quality seasons.
As we head into the western quality
season with its dry days and cold sometimes frosty nights. The estates of the
Nuwareliya region will throw out some of the finest teas that connoisseurs the
world over will be eager to taste.
The estates in this region sit above
6000ft in elevation the highest point of the island Mount Pidurutalagala is
also found here.
In Sri Lanka’s long and ancient
history this region is relatively new. Its not until the pioneer planters came
in search of establishing plantations and fortunes that the area was ever
explored. Great White Hunters of the Victorian era, such as Sir Samuel Baker
where some of the first men to take up residence in the area for sporting
The region also became a summer
retreat, similar to the hills stations of Simla and Darjeeling in India. During
the hot and humid months of March- April.
This idea was spearheaded by the
then governor Sir Edward Barnes who built himself a house. You can visit his
house today, as its the Grand Hotel.
Nuwareliya’s best known estate is
Pedro the estate that sells its tea under the name of Lovers Leap.
The estate bears it name due to the
tragic story of two lovers who leapt from a waterfall, that is found on Lovers
Leap division. The story goes that a prince fell in love with a fair maiden.
The couple where pursued by the King’s men, the couple escaped to the remote
region of Nuwareliya and after a final embrace took the plunge.
Whether the story is true or not,
one Royal connection we can be certain of is that of the H.R.H The Duke of
Edinburgh who visited Pedro estate on a Royal tour of the island in 1954. The
Duke who is the estate ranger of Windsor Great Park and a keen agriculturalist.
Planted a bush on one of the estates divisions. Tea from the bush and the
estate where served at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee banquet.
Our Lovers Leap Tea is a seasonal
pick. The cup colour of this brew is light pale golden yellow. We tend to
prefer the larger leafy variety of teas from Pedro as the flavours are much
more subtle. The smaller leaf grades of Broken Orange Pekoe and Broken Orange
Pekoe Fannings, tend to be much harsher and sharper and quite unpleasant when
With Valentines day fast approaching what better Tea to share with you Valentine than a cup of Lovers Leap? There’s more to this cup of Tea than you think. http://pmdtea.com/all_teas/lovers-leap-tea-estate
Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2016, the first day of Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8th.
Each year is assigned one of 12 Zodiac signs with an associated animal, and 2016 will be the year of the Monkey, the 9th animal in the 12 year cycle. The Chinese believe that each sign has associated characteristics, with people born under the Monkey sign believed to be especially sociable, enthusiastic and intelligent; however they can be quick to anger and even jealous on occasion. Monkeys often make great leaders!
Certain foods and beverages are eaten during the festival (especially at the New Year’s Eve dinner) because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearances. Tea is a very popular beverage especially at this time of year. Tea has a deeper rooting in china as it has been drunk for millennia.
Chinese New Year sees the giving of gift to loved ones. Tea is a popular gift for people to present because a time to offer tea with well-wishes give an opportunity to make deeper connections.
We wish all our Chinese customers a happy and prosperous New Year.
To learn the history of Tea in China click here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/home-tea-dananjaya-silva
is , when organizations and individuals around the world
unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a .
Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of
which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years)
How much do daily habits like diet and exercise affect your risk for cancer? Much more than you might think. Research has shown that poor diet and not being active are 2 key factors that can increase a person’s cancer risk. Further unhealthy diet and lifestyle are related to approximately 30–35% of cancer deaths. The good news is that you can do something about this.
Besides quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risks are:
• Maintaining weight.
• Regular physical activity.
• Eating healthy foods, with a focus on plant-based foods.
People who drink alcohol should limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women. The recommended limit is lower for women because of their smaller body size and slower breakdown of alcohol.
Prevention from a Cancer…
Simply drinking a cup of tea can help prevent cancer.
Tea contains compounds called catechins, compounds that scientists believe may help stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent cellular mutations that contribute to cancer development. Green tea consumption has been linked to reduced risk of bowl cancer. Further drinkers were found to have a lower risk of developing rectal and pancreatic cancers compared with non-tea drinkers. Regular tea drinkers have also been shown to be at reduced risk for, breast, ovarian, prostate, and lung cancers. All types of tea — green, black, white, oolong — seem to have value as cancer preventive agents, so your daily cuppa packs a lot more than you might think.
When it comes to quality Green tea
they don't come any better than our Planters Green Tea in loose and Tea bags.
Perfect for when at home and on the go. Click here to try loose and here to the
Let’s challenge ourselves to lose some extra pounds, increase our physical activity, make healthy food and beverages choices, and look for ways to make our communities healthier places to live, work, and play.
‘We can, I can’