Ceylon tea comes from Sri Lanka (‘Ceylon’ is the old colonial name for the country), a hilly island famed for its diverse tea regions. Our Tea Masters blend teas from different areas. ‘Low-grown’ teas, harvested from sunny tea gardens below 600 metres (m) in altitude, give colour and strength. We balance these with medium-grown teas, sourced from gardens between 600 and 1,200m high. These cooler sites produce lighter teas, which give the blend its lively, citrusy edge.
Deep golden when brewed, our Ceylon Tea has a fresh aroma and zesty flavours. A versatile tea, try it served with a slice of lemon as a reviving cuppa, or brewed strong and softened with a splash of milk. Our Ceylon also makes an excellent iced tea, steeped with lemon and sugar and diluted with iced water, the perfect foil for hot summer days.
We illustrated the box with John Chapman’s “The Coldstream Guards on Parade at Horse Guards”. It’s a scene of London in the midst of its colonial pomp, when the well-to-do would have relished the arrival of exotic treats like Ceylon tea. Take a sip of our distinctive Ceylon and be transported to those adventurous times.