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Ceylon Tea - Sri Lankan Tea

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Ceylon tealeaves tend to be dark, long and "wiry."

Lindsey Goodwin
Definition: Ceylon tea 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).
Pronunciation: say-lawn
Also Known As: Sri Lankan tea
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