Uda Pussellawa Tea Region
Uda Pussellawa is a small, thinly-populated district almost entirely dedicated to tea cultivation. Uda Pussellawa Tea estates thus enjoy not one but two ‘quality seasons’, the western as well as the eastern.
This is especially the case with teas from the upper part of the district, bordering Nuwara Eliya (which lies immediately to the west), though elevations in Uda Pussellawa are somewhat lower than they are in Nuwara Eliya, ranging from 5,000-6,000ft.
The tea of Uda Pussellawa is sometimes compared in character with that of Nuwara Eliya, though it appears somewhat darker in the cup, with a pinkish hue and a hint of greater strength.
The eastern quality season from June to September produces the best teas of the year, it is peak period, closely followed by the western season during the first quarter. The dry, cold conditions during this latter period add a hint of rose to the bouquet of a tea known for its medium body and subtle character.
Periods of heavy rainfall, on the other hand, tend to produce a tea that is darker in the cup and stronger-flavoured.
Uda Pussellawa produces a variety of leaf sizes and styles, reflecting the relatively broad range of altitudes at which its estates are situated.