Ceylon Black Tea
Ceylon, or Sri Lanka as the country is called nowadays, was a British colony. Tea has been very popular in Britain for several centuries. The climate in Sri Lanka is very suitable for growing tea trees. That is why a number of tea plantations appeared in Ceylon in the late 19th century. It was actually quite extraordinary because before that time Ceylon used to be a coffee-growing nation. However, in order to please their colonisers and boost their own economy, the Sri Lankan switched to tea production. And now Ceylon Black Tea is world famous!
The Sri Lankans grow their tea mostly in the highlands, situated in the south of the country.
There are 4 regions of tea production in Ceylon: Kandy, Dimbula, Uva and Nuwara Eliya. These regions are also distinguishable by their altitude. Consequently, the Sri Lankans developed three groups for tea depending on the altitude in the area where it is grown. So, there is high-grown tea (usually coming from Nuwara Eliya), medium-grown tea (usually coming from Uva or Dimbula) and low-grown tea (from Kandy). As a rule, one can say that the lower the altitude, the stronger the tea. On the other hand, the higher the region, the more delicate and sweet the tea!
The most popular Ceylon Black Tea type is the Orange Pekoe Tea. Bedford Tea is proud to be able to offer you this tea.
Orange Pekoe tea grows at very high altitudes. Therefore, it is widely known for its delicate and sweet liquor. This tea owes its name to the bright orange colour of the tea leaves. This type of Ceylon Black tea is rather light compared to other Sri Lankan Teas. That is probably what makes it so popular. Orange Pekoe Tea boasts a very fine refreshing flavour. However, you can also make it strong, if you brew it for longer than usual. It could also be nice to add a dash of milk to this refined type of tea!
Other types of Loose Leaf Black Tea
Ceylon Black Tea is in many ways comparable to Indian Black Tea. The latter is also known for ranging from very strong and full-bodied tea types (such as Assam tea, for example) to very gentle and fine Darjeeling tea. Therefore, if you enjoy Ceylon Black tea, you might like to discover our Indian Black Tea too.
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