For us at Spirit Boosters Tea, we are fastidious about the most minute of details for our teas. And being able to source our premium teas from a single-estate allows us to protect the quality of our teas and provide you with a perfect cup every time. The lower cost option though is to buy tea from wherever it is cheap – for tea varies enormously in cost – and blend it all together to produce a ‘multi-origin blend’. That may work for coffee, but certainly not for tea.
Single-estate Tea is any tea originating from one single tea property, plantation or garden, where the makeup of the tea plant’s environment, soil elements, elevation level, as well as climate are important factors that directly contribute to the quality, taste, and health benefits of each tealeaf.
Our teas are grown on a tea estate (pictured above) in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka. Uva Province is a sparsely populated region consisting of two major districts, Moneragala and Badulla. Admired for its natural beauty and untamed rugged terrain, tea cultivation is a major industry in the region. As a result of the hilly terrain and winds of northeast and southwest monsoon systems, the liqueur produced here is of distinctive character and flavor highly coveted by tea connoisseurs. While the typical Uva tea is mellow and smooth on the palate, the region produces a wide range of grades and green tea as well.
The vast majority of teas sold in the U.S. are actually blends from various estates via auction houses, or a combination of tea leaves with herbs, dried fruits, or other essential essences. Single estate teas are pure, full-leaf teas from camellia sinensis without being blended with additives. More importantly, these teas reflect the distinct taste profile of their unique origin.
Like wine, tea from a singular origin or estate is indicative of its terroir. Wine enthusiasts know to choose their wine based on location, taking into consideration the geography, geology, and climate because these factors determine the final and complete taste profile. For example, green tea from Sri Lanka will not taste the same as green tea from China, just like Pinot Noir from Napa Valley will taste different from those produced in France. It’s mainly a matter of preference, and most wine connoisseurs learn their preference based on education and experimentation—the same goes for tea. Aside from its incredible health properties, understanding single-estate tea connects you to the environment and culture of the origin where a particular tea is produced. This is where drinking tea becomes an art form. Just like a single malt scotch, vintage wine, and single-origin coffee, we appreciate single-estate tea for the same reasons.