Sri Lanka the pearl of the Indian Ocean is known for its diverse cultures and scenery. An Island of 65,610 sq. km just 4 degrees north of the equator, ascending from sea level to approx. 2,400 meters or 7,800 feet, it has been blessed by nature resulting in a diverse array of climates and scenery.
Sri Lanka, though relatively small in size, is the world’s third largest tea producer behind such as giants India and China. Most of the tea produced in India and China is consumed domestically. Sri Lanka however exports most of its tea, making it the world’s largest exporter of tea. In other words, Sri Lankan teas have been developed to cater to the tastes of tea drinkers all around the globe. The various teas if Sri Lanka are marketed world-wide under the term “Ceylon Tea” and discerning tea drinkers look for speciality teas from amongst the range of Ceylon teas produced right throughout the year. It has been said that Ceylon Tea is Sri Lanka’s gift to the world.
What does Ceylon tea taste like - varies depending on the region where it was grown. Sri Lanka has about 8 different tea-growing districts and each of them has varying elevation, climatic conditions, and terrain. Each tea growing region produces tea with a slightly different taste and character. However, there’s a typical Ceylon tea taste that is bold and crisp. This characteristic taste of Ceylon tea is often accompanied by citrus or spicy taste depending on the tea-growing region. The taste of Ceylon tea also depends on the type of tea. Ceylon green tea usually has a nutty taste and a strong flavour as it’s only lightly fermented. Ceylon black tea, on the other hand, has a milder flavour as it’s fully fermented. Ceylon white tea has a mild sweet taste as it’s only hand dried in the sun.