What is Ceylon tea?
Ceylon (say-lawn) tea is a tea from Sri Lanka, a nation which was formerly known as “Ceylon.” Although some Sri Lankan producers are branching out in their offerings to include green tea and other tea types, most Ceylon teas are black teas.
Ceylon leaves are often described as “wiry.” This is because they are left long and thin with a wire-like look. In the world of tea, these leaves are very easy to recognize.
What does Ceylon tea taste like?
Sri Lanka is a small island, but it has an enormous range in elevation, so the flavors of the teas produced there vary greatly.
This difference in flavor is influenced by climate, soil, precipitation, sun, and plant varietals, and it is known as terroir. It is used in wine as well as tea. Sri Lanka happens to be unique because of the immense variety available from such a small area.
Despite the regional nuances, a “classic Ceylon flavor” is generally thought to be bold, full, and brisk. It has medium-to-full tannins and some notes of citrus, chocolate, or spice.