Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: M&K’s Tea Company on Etsy
The basis of Earl Grey tea! Ceylon tea is a sweet, brightly orange colored (once-brewed) black tea harvested in the lush hills of the island of Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon). This is a fantastic introductory tea, a great tea for the black tea lover, and an extraordinary tea for blending purposes. Ceylon tea is just brisk enough to be uplifting, but light enough to not be bitter or off-putting. It truly is a remarkable black tea that belongs in every tea-lover’s collection.
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This Halpewatte Ceylon Black Tea from M&K’s Tea Company is a really nice Ceylon. It’s very much what I expect from a Ceylon tea – a mild, even-toned, medium-bodied black tea.
But what it doesn’t have that other Ceylon teas often do: It’s not overly astringent nor am I picking up on any indication of bitterness. This Ceylon has a really pleasant, smooth delivery.
To brew it, I used my Breville One Touch and measured 2 bamboo scoops into the basket. Then I poured 500ml of water into the kettle of the tea maker and set the thermometer for 212°F (boiling!) and the steep time for 2 1/2 minutes.
The tea brews up coppery and has a pleasant fragrance. I pick up on light floral notes in the aroma. Nice.
The flavor, as I said, is smooth. It’s brisk and invigorating without being aggressive. Notes of flower in the distance and a touch of citrus at the finish. It’s really quite enjoyable and much of what I’d expect from a Ceylon.
It’s flavorful – it tastes like tea. It tastes like a good black tea. It’s the kind of tea that I think every tea drinker can appreciate.
I personally prefer this tea straight up. I think that it would take the addition of honey or sugar well, if you like to add those to your tea. It would probably even take the addition of milk or cream well, although I think that this tea could be easily overwhelmed so add it with a light hand.
Delightful hot, really nice iced too. Add a thin slice of lemon or a sprig of mint and enjoy!