The beauty in the leaf

Here’s where it all starts, the two tender leaves and the bud. Picking tea by  hand, as we do in Sri Lanka, ensures that we use just these two leaves and bud, not the third and fourth leaves which introduce coarse, undesirable characteristics to the tea. Antioxidants in tea are concentrated in the bud, making real white tea (not the many pretenders which claim to be white, but are really green or black) deliciously, naturally good for you. White Tea in its pure form consists only of the bud – in fact a special cultivar of Camellia Sinensis with a particularly slender bud, covered in tiny, fine silvery ‘fur’. This gives Ceylon Silver Tips, its characteristic appearance.

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Dilhan is the younger son of Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J. Fernando. Together with brother Malik, Dilhan has taken on the passionate commitment of his father, for tea, ethics in business and the concept of business as a matter of human service.