Ceylon Black Tea has a history that dates back to 1824 to Ceylon by the British who visited China. This tea was then planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens. There was a man named James Taylor who introduced the growing of tea in Ceylon, Sri Lanka in 1852 and lived there on a tea plantation up to the time of his death. He began the growth of tea on his plantation of residence that was known as Loolecondora after visiting India in 1866 and learning all about tea growing. He built a tea factory in the estate in 1872 and thanks to him tea export grew from 21 pounds to 81 tons and on to over 22,000 tons by the time 1890 was rolling around.