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Wikipedia: Tea_production_in_Sri_Lanka#Ceylon_black_tea | Teaviews: ceylon-tea 
Last Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 

About Ceylon Black Tea

Loose-leaf black tea with long, wiry leaves, all fully intactLoose-leaf Ceylon Black Tea, Orange Pekoe 1, Uruwala Estate, Photo © WJ Houtman (Wikimedia Commons), CC BY-SA 3.0.
Ceylon black tea is a widely-consumed type of black tea, grown in Sri Lanka; as with India, most of the tea production in Sri Lanka is of black tea.

Ceylon is an old name for Sri Lanka which has stopped being used for the country outside of tea circles. Ceylon black tea is one of the most common teas in British tea culture, consumed on its own, used in breakfast blends, and frequently used as the base for flavored teas, like Earl Grey and various fruit teas.

Flavor and characteristics

Typical Ceylon black teas have a middle-of-the-road character, bolder and darker than most Darjeeling teas, but slightly lighter and less malty than a typical Assam.

Ceylon tea is diverse in quality and characteristics; much of it is mass-produced in large plantations and is used primarily in blending. Some single-estate Ceylon black teas are highly regarded, although they typically are not as well-known or expensive as teas from the Darjeeling or Assam regions of India. The leaf size and style also varies widely. A particular grade, OPA, is common in Ceylon and relatively uncommon in other areas.
Large, dark, very coarse-textured black tea leaves with irregular shapeAhmad Tea's Ceylon Tea OPA, showing the large leaves typical of this grade. Photo © Alex Zorach, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Ceylon OPA is a very bold, long-leaf tea with much larger leaves than the regular orange pekoe grade, but less delicate or wiry than the pricier OP1 grade.

Regional and altitudinal variability

Ceylon teas are typically grouped by altitude into three categories: high-grown, mid-grown, and low-grown, each of which having its own unique attributes. Low-grown teas are produced at 1,500-1,800 foot elevations, mid-grown from 1,800-3,500, and high-grown form 3,500 to 7,500.[1] There are higher and lower quality teas from all altitude regions, and it can be hard to generalize about quality from altitude alone.

The characteristics of Ceylon black tea also vary regionally, owing to different patterns of precipitation created by the steep topography of the island. Two important regions are Nuwara Eliya, producing high-grown Ceylon tea, and the Uva region, producing teas with unique characteristics resulting from its unique climate.

Buying single-estate teas or single-region blends can allow you to taste and experience the unique flavors created by each of these regions.

References

1. Jane Pettigrew, The Tea Companion, Quintet Publishing, London, 2004.

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70 / 100

This tea is mild all around. The aroma is slightly fruit. The liquor brews to a gold/amber. Flavor is a traditional Ceylon. Would probably be eclipsed by milk or sugar.

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80 / 100

This tea has large twisted leaves. The aroma is sweet/fruit. Liquor is a deep honey color. I brewed for 5 minutes. Has a solid Ceylon taste. Clean, with a slight nuttiness after taste.

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90 / 100

For me this is a quintessential Ceylon. Wonderful mild earthy aroma. Liquor is a place amber. Clean taste, with a hint of fruit. Glad I have tried this. Will reorder in the future.

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64 / 100
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Dry, this tea smells vaguely of cocoa and molasses. It's understated, but pleasant. While brewing, the aroma is of light brown sugar, but not heavy. The cocoa from earlier is still there, but less pronounced than I expected based on the initial aroma and experience with other Sri Lankan teas. There's a faint note of ra...

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90 / 100
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Kandy OP from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Apr. 21st, 2020

You simply can't go wrong with this tea. The average tea drinker who buys bags of Lipton or Tetley would probably agree, because this is like a premium version of those products. This is smooth and pleasant, but not lacking in flavor. It contains dashes of caramel, fruit, steely tannins and a fresh, leafy aroma. It...

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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
84
8 Ratings
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Ceylon Tea OPA

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
85
6 Ratings
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Black Pearl Tea

Brand:Lipton Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
18
4 Ratings
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Kenilworth Estate OP

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Kandy, Sri Lanka
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
72
4 Ratings
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Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
91
4 Ratings

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Greenfield Estate Ceylon Black Tea

Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
91
4 Ratings
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Cheericup Ceylon

Brand:Mark T. Wendell
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
85
4 Ratings
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Ceylon Tea OPA

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
85
6 Ratings
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Ceylon (Ceylon Orange Pekoe)

Brand:Ahmad Tea
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
84
8 Ratings
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Kenilworth Estate OP

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Style:Ceylon Black Tea
Region:Kandy, Sri Lanka
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
72
4 Ratings

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