High grown Tea hails from the centre of the country’s hills, at an elevation of over 6000ft above sea level and is commonly grown in the districts of ‘Nuwara Eliya’, ‘Dimbula’ and ‘Uda Pussallawa’. Given the high elevation at which it is picked, the tea is bright in colour and greater in flavor and freshness, and thus is the most sought after.
Mid grown tea is produced at an altitude of 2000 to 4000 ft. above sea level, and is commonly found in the ‘Central’ and ‘Uva’ provinces of the country. The teas of the Central province come from estates in the ‘Kandy’ region and are particularly flavoursome; though, as with all teas, their strength is inversely proportional to the elevation at which they are grown.
Produced relatively near the coast in the ‘Sabaragamuwa’ and ‘Southern’ regions of Sri Lanka at an altitude of 2000ft; low-grown tea is characterized by the very long leaves which turn intensely black when withered.