is 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
. Sri Lanka is a small island, but it has an enormous range in elevation, so the flavors of the teas produced there range quite widely. However, a "classic Ceylon flavor" is generally thought to be bold, full and brisk, with medium-to-full tannins and some notes of citrus and/or spice. Ceylon leaves are often "wiry" (they are long and thin, like wires).
Also Known As: Sri Lankan tea