“Ceylon tea remains the finest tea in the world to this day and I am pleased to enjoy it every day,” the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin has declared.
On the invitation of Mlesna Tea Company, Talawakele in Sri Lanka’s central hills, High Commissioner Rankin unveiled the James Taylor monument at St. Clair’s tea estate during his two-day visit to Nuwara Eliya this week, The Island newspaper reported.
James Taylor, born in Scotland, considered as the man who introduced tea cultivation to Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, had arrived in this country in 1852 and had sent the first shipment of Ceylon tea to the London tea auction in 1875.
“I am aware that all those engaged in the tea industry today – the tea estate companies, smallholders and tea estate workers – face some challenges. I am optimistic that ways can be found to address those challenges to allow all those involved to prosper. Ceylon tea remains to this day the finest tea in the world, which I am pleased to enjoy every morning,” the British HC statement quoted Rankin as having said.
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