A Leading Grower, Processor, and Supplier of value added Tea from Sri Lanka
From the misty mountains of Nuwara Eliya to the jungle valleys of Ratnapura, Finlays Sri Lanka is dedicated to cultivating, blending and packaging the finest quality that makes us a leader in supplying premium Ceylon tea in all its variety and forms.
With a history spanning over 125 years in Sri Lanka, Finlays has perfected the art of designing unique Ceylon tea products for global customers. Owning our own tea farms and processing centres means we offer our customers industry-leading bush to cup expertise.
A leading grower and processor, we produce around 10m kg of tea a year on our estates and blend, pack and export a further 7m kg of Ceylon tea. We are unrivalled experts in sourcing Sri Lankan teas to meet the discerning tastes of our customers and their consumers.
Why Ceylon Tea?
Ceylon tea is prized around the world for its exceptional quality. The humidity, cold temperatures and rainfall in the central region provide the perfect climate for producing some of the highest-quality tea available using the orthodox tea manufacturing process.
Our Ceylon Tea Farms
We have 30 farms clustered in seven groups covering most of the agro-climatic regions in Sri Lanka. Our farms vary in altitude from 134m to 2,256m above sea level allowing us to produce a variety of different tea grades with unique quality, liquor and taste characteristics.
The Tea Growing Regions of Ceylon
Tea from Sri Lanka falls into three categories: low-grown (on farms up to 2000 ft high); medium grown (between 2000 and 4000 ft); and high grown (over 4000 ft). Each level produces teas of unique character. By blending teas from different areas of the island, Sri Lanka can offer a very wide range of flavour and colour. Some are full-bodied, others light and delicate, but all Ceylon blends have brisk full flavours and a bright golden colour.
- Sabaragamuwa/Ruhuna: Orthodox low-grown teas
- Uva: Distinctive flavour and pungency with slightly mentholated character
- Udapussellawa: Darker than Nuwara Eliya teas/pinkish hue along with a hint of greater strength
- Nuwara Eliya: The champagne of teas with a greenish yellow tone, with a cup which has a subtle golden hue
- Kandy: CTC teas that have an elegant flavour and a brisk liquor
Gain Access to Our Exclusive Speciality Ceylon Teas
We are uniquely positioned to offer customers access to tea from our world-famous farms such as Court Lodge Tea Farm and Concordia tea Farm which are known to produce the Champagne Teas of Ceylon.
- Orthodox Specialty Teas: Hapugastenne, Alupola, Hatherleigh, Springwood, Demodera, Oodoowerre, Hopton, Shawlands, Adawatta, Concordia, Court Lodge, Delmar, Gordon and Blairlomond
- CTC Specialty Teas: Madulkelle, Duckwari, New Galbode and Hapugastenne
- Green Tea: Newburgh and Waldemar (Oolong tea)
Our Processing Capabilities
Finlays Sri Lanka is one of the largest tea growers and exporters in the country. We have 20 tea processing factories on our farms, producing black tea, green tea and oolong tea.
Our state-of-the-art tea packing plant in Colombo is equipped with tea warehousing, blending and the latest tea bagging technology (staple-less knot technology tea bagging machines). Here we prepare unique Ceylon tea blends for global private label tea brands and pack these into a variety of retail consumer packs and export to customers in over 30 countries globally.
Our modern ISO/IEC 17025 accredited Microbiological Laboratory guarantees product safety as a reassurance to our global consumers.
Working with Our Communities
As a leading supplier of Ceylon tea, our primary goal is to be a responsible corporate citizen, enhancing the quality of life in our local communities. In order to maximise our effectiveness, we focus particularly on helping children in three key areas: education, training and health.
We have also invested considerable resources in order to maintain a safe working environment and healthy employees. Documented medical histories of all factory staff enable us to monitor them, conduct monthly medical check-ups and increase their awareness of key health issues. All this activity is overseen by Health and Safety Committees, which meet twice a month.