Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea was first enjoyed in Britain. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal. Afternoon Tea was first enjoyed by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who, at the time was a close friend of Queen Victoria and a prominent figure within London society who complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. She wanted something small to satisfy her hunger, nothing too large just something to see her through till dinner time.   During the 1880s upper-class and society women would change into […]

Somerset

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Somerset which is located close to the small village Nanuoya on the western part of Nuwara Eliya administrative district, is a 456.64 hectare plantation with tea fields situated at an elevation ranging 1402 m – 1576 m. This plantation first owned by the British company – ‘Ceylon Plantation Company’ is now owned by Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC, a public quoted Sri Lankan company. In this blog article, Mr.ErangaEgodawela, Senior Manager of Somerset Estate is sharing his experience in Somerset as to what makes Somerset special in Ceylon tea industry.   Where did you start your […]

Ceylon Street Foods.

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The Sri Lankan food culture is vibrantly influenced by its ethnic diversity. Being a multiracial country, Sri Lanka is indeed blessed with unlimited choices when it comes to tempting one’s taste buds. One will find a cultural gathering of Sri Lanka can be extremely colourful and tasteful due to these unlimited choices. When talking about Great Sri Lankan Recipes, there are many. However there are few all-time favourites by almost every Sri Lankan irrespective of their culture, social background, religion or ethnicity. Amongst them, we picked below two in our week blog.   Hoppers. This […]

CPRC after Ceylon Independence.

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As most of the CPRC men were commissioned there is wealth of information to be found in surviving officer dossiers held by The National Archives in London. Many details herein have been extracted from these records which must be consulted hard copy. More readily available are the Medal Index Cards which can be accessed in digital format on the internet. The Australian War Memorial have now digitized the relevant War Diaries for World War One and although the CPRC have no War diary in either the UK or Australia, ANZAC and other war diaries do […]

(CPRC) and World War One

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At the beginning of First World War the CPRC were mobilized on 3rd Sep 1914. The regiment then mustered a force for the front consisting of 8 officers and 229 other ranks commanded by Major John Hall – Brown. The contingent left port said, Egypt on 27th October 1914 on the Worcestershire, and was deployed in defense of the Suez Canal at Khubri and Port Tewfik with the company attached to the first battalion, wellington regiment the following month. In December the unit was transferred to the Australia New Zealand army corps (ANZAC) and in […]

The Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps.

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Ceylon is known for many things, its beaches, cricket and its Tea. What many do not realise is that the Hills of Ceylon in years gone by sent out men to fight wars for the Mother country.   The Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps was a volunteer force that compromised entirely of European Planters. The Unit served in the Boer War and with ANZAC (Australia, New Zealand Army Corps) forces in WW1.   Recently when searching for information about this unique band of men, I came across the extremely well researched work by Lieutenant Colonel Neil […]

The Home from Home

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Visit any part of Britain’s former colonial countries, and you are sure to see a members club.   From the bustling city streets of Singapore to the remote hills of Ceylon, Clubs can be found provided a sanctuary for the colonial expat. Visit Ceylon’s Up country and dotted around each district you will see Clubs that where set up to create a home away from home, a forever England. The heart of Club life was the British passion for sport. Tea Planters being an active bunch of men would enjoyed sports as a way to […]

New Vithanakande

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New Vithanakande Tea factory is home to one of the finest brews found in all of Ceylon. The factory is found in near the town of Ratnapura in Sabaragumwa province. The teas of New Vithanakande have always fascinated me ever since I first tasted them during a grading session at Asia Siyaka Tea Brokers back in 2010. The location of a tea estate is key to how the final cup will taste. New Vithanakande like all low grown tea estates uses a small holder tea model. This is where the tea factory is owned by […]

The Great White Tea Myth!

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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 shot!   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 […]

World Wild Life Day 2016

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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 […]