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Ceylon Black Teas
Ceylon black tea is the premium specialty tea that is grown and harvested in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon.
The Sun Garden’s extensive range of loose-leaf, black Ceylon teas are available in many stunning varieties including flavored selections such as “Caramel Black,” and “Pumpkin Spice black”. Our collection of Ceylon black tea is made from only the finest ingredients, ensuring that we provide you with a top quality product. USDA certified organic options also means that you can enjoy your tea knowing you are making a great choice for you and your household.
Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer of tea globally, as its humidity and rainfall provide excellent climate conditions for producing high quality tea leaves. Tea that is grown, harvested and parcelled in Sri Lanka can be identified by the famous ‘Lion Logo’ which appears on its packaging. It has been estimated that 4% of the country’s land area is covered in tea plantations, much of which was established during the British era. Tea from Ceylon quickly gained a reputation for being of a high quality, and to this day it remains one of the country’s main sources of foreign exchange.
Traditional Ceylon tea can be divided into three distinct groups, according to the geographic location in which it is produced; High country, Mid country and Low country. Teas cultivated from the High Country are grown at an elevation of around 3,000 feet and tend to be lighter, presenting with green and golden tones. Leaves grown in lower regions are exposed to more sunshine and thus display a darker malt colour. The difference in climate also has an effect on the taste, with the lower having a darker, more developed flavor, whilst leaves produced in higher areas have a superior appearance to the leaves, and have a lighter, brighter taste when steeped.