At this week’s Ex Estate Tea Auction held on 12 October, an invoice of PF1 of Carolina Estate, Watawala, secured an all-time Colombo Tea Auction record price of Rs. 560. This tea was purchased by Uniworld Teas Ltd. who is a leading buyer of both liquoring High Growns as well as Low Grown teas and was sold through the catalogue of Lanka Commodity Brokers Ltd.
Carolina Factory produces some of the best Ceylon CTC Medium Grown teas and, following the recent improvements made in the factory with the installation of the latest CTC machines, the Carolina mark has emerged as a ‘top selling’ CTC tea in the past several auctions.
The estate manager, Prasanna Premachandra maintains that success has not only come with machinery improvements but also with the best practices in agriculture that are being implemented which ensures a high standard of green leaf. This estate is managed by Watawala Plantations PLC and is a market leader in terms of product quality for medium grown CTC teas.