Introduction

1867 was a year to remember. It's the year Johann Strauss' 'Blue Danube' premiered in Vienna, the first ship passed through Suez Canal, the United States bought Alaska from Russia for 2 cents an acre, the reclusive Tokyo opened for foreign trade, Alfred Nobel patented dynamite and a young Scotsman named James Taylor sowed the first seeds of tea at the Loolecondera Estate off Galaha in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) never knowing how it would change the landscape of the country and its people. The story of Ceylon Tea goes far beyond its fame. It is a story interwoven inextricably with the lives of men and women for whom Ceylon tea is a labour of love.
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