The very best Ceylon teas
Our Ceylon loose teas come from some of the finest tea estates in Sri Lanka, renowned for producing refined, high grade, premium quality leaf teas that are crisp, elegant and wholly refreshing. Ceylon tea can vary in characteristics but is widely appreciated as a bright and lively tea with a delicate flavour. Pure Ceylon Tea is normally drunk black but is also excellent with a splash of milk.
What does Ceylon tea taste like?
Because tea is grown all over Sri Lanka, in a variety of climates and terrains, the taste of Ceylon can be wonderfully varied. Despite the regional nuances, a classic Ceylon flavour is generally thought to be bold, full, and brisk. It has medium-to-full tannins and some notes of citrus, chocolate, or spice. Loose leaf Ceylon teas are made from the dried leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. The leaves are often described as wiry because they are left long and thin with a wirelike look. In the world of tea, these leaves are very easy to recognise. Most Ceylon tea is orthodox tea, meaning it was processed by hand, making a brisk, bright tea.
Which Ceylon teas do you recommend?
For an award winning Ceylon loose leaf tea we highly recommend our Ruhunu, Lumbini Estate tea. With its velvety, rich, plum-like taste you will be transported to the fragrant lowland landscapes of Sri Lanka. The Estate is considered one of the finest in the country and this Ceylon tea was justly awarded a one star rating by the Sri Lankan tea board. Although famed for its black teas, Ceylon also produces green teas, with our Melfort Special green tea (Pussellawa Valley) being an excellent example - it has a freshly, scented, fruity and spicy infusion with a golden, full-bodied cup. Our Ceylon loose leaf tea collection also offers a super decaf option - the Dimbula OP, for afternoon drinking, which is decaffeinated using the chemical-free ‘C02 method’, ensuring the taste remains just as delicious as caffeinated black Ceylon teas.