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Sri Lanka / Ceylon

Wikipedia: Sri_Lanka | Official Government Website: www.gov.lk 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2017 

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About Sri Lanka / Ceylon | Tea-Producing Regions of Sri Lanka / Ceylon | Styles of Tea Produced in Sri Lanka / Ceylon | Best (Top-Rated) Ceylon Teas

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About Sri Lanka / Ceylon

Clickable map of Sri Lanka; regions producing tea are highlighted in green.
Sri Lanka, known in tea circles as Ceylon, is an island country to the southeast of India. Sri Lanka is the third-largest producer of tea in the world, after India and China. Sri Lanka has lowland and mountainous areas, and the climate is widely variable depending on location. Tea is mostly grown in the central to south regions of the island.

Sri Lanka lies in the northern hemisphere's tropics: the temperatures are similar year-round, only slightly warmer in summer. The pattern of rainfall is strongly seasonal; in contrast to most of the tea-growing regions of India, which have a monsoon season in the summer, much of Sri Lanka, including the central and southern regions of the island where much of the tea is grown, experiences two distinct wet seasons and two distinct dry seasons each year. Rainfall and temperature also vary greatly based on altitude and the location relative to the mountainous areas.

These patterns result in unique and vastly different characteristics of teas grown at different locations within the country. Sadly, much of this variation goes unappreciated, as the bulk of the tea exported from Sri Lanka is used in blends.
A tea plantation in Sri Lanka. Photo by Anjadora, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Ceylon teas

Sri Lanka is best know for Ceylon black tea, and the vast majority of its production is black tea, although it also produces small quantities of green and white tea. Typical Ceylon tea has a middle-of-the-road character, typical of black teas consumed in the West. However, a small portion of artisan black teas are produced which are similar in style to teas from Darjeeling, Assam, or other regions.

Ceylon green and white teas tend to use similar names as Chinese varieties of tea. Although these teas are usually recognizable as their styles, their characteristics can be widely different from the originals. Ceylon green teas are more well-known in the middle east than in Western countries.

Tea-Producing Regions of Sri Lanka / Ceylon

Styles of Tea Produced in Sri Lanka / Ceylon

This is a selection, not an exhaustive listing, of the styles of tea most commonly produced in Sri Lanka / Ceylon.

Best Ceylon Teas

The notion of the "best" Ceylon teas is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas produced in Sri Lanka / Ceylon, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
88
7 Ratings
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Ceylon Tea OPA

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
6 Ratings
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Cheericup Ceylon

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
17
4 Ratings
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TC85: Kenilworth Estate OP

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings
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Earl Grey Bravo

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Blue Flower Earl Grey
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings

Top-Rated Ceylon Teas

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Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
99
4 Ratings
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Ceylon Tea OPA

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
6 Ratings
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TC85: Kenilworth Estate OP

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings
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Earl Grey Bravo

Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Blue Flower Earl Grey
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
96
4 Ratings
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English Breakfast

Brand:Dilmah
Style:English Breakfast
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
89
3 Ratings

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