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Tea from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Sri Lanka has over 188,000 hectares under tea cultivation yielding about 298,000 tonnes of “made” tea, and accounting for more than 19% of world exports.

In 1972, the island then known as Ceylon reverted to the traditional name of Sri Lanka, but retained the brand name of Ceylon for the marketing of its teas.

Sri Lanka is blessed with diverse climatic conditions and our pioneer tea planters realized the effect on these diverse conditions on tea production. This gave rise to a wide range of teas which are unique to each other in style, taste and character from different agro climatic districts. The teas produced from these districts are referred to by Tea Trade as teas from “ Dimbula, Uva, NuwaraEliya, UdaPussellawa, Kandy and Ruhuna”. The true connoisseurs may select teas from a sub district or even a single garden where the uniqueness is unmatched.

According to history, Sri Lanka was a coffee growing country and it suffered heavily prior to the introduction of tea. As a result many coffee estates were converted to tea plantations in the entire island. Tea is grown in several different regions in Sri Lanka. The different climatic and geographical conditions give rise to Specific characteristics to the tea grown in each respective region. Higher the elevation the plantations are located at, the cooler the climate experienced. With time, Ceylon black tea became popular around the world and was loved by many back in the west. As a result the Scot planter named James Taylor implemented the tea plantation venture to supply the world market with one of the most popular beverages in the world up to date, next to water! The industry and plantations began to thrive on the demand of the special tea grown in various altitudes of Sri Lanka.



Ceylon black tea is one of the country's specialities. It has a crisp aroma reminiscent of citrus, and is used both unmixed and in blends. It is grown on numerous estates which vary in altitude and taste.Both of which can vary depending on the blend of tea created by the professionals in the industry.


Ceylon green tea is mainly made from Assamese tea stock. It is grown in Idalgashinna in Uva Province. Ceylon green teas generally have the fuller body and the more pungent, rather malty, nutty flavour characteristic of the teas originating from Assamese seed stock. The tea grade names of most Ceylon green teas reflect traditional Chinese green tea nomenclature, such as tightly rolled gunpowder tea, or more open leaf tea grades with Chinese names like Chun Mee.


Ceylon white tea, also known as "silver tips" is highly prized, and prices per kilogram are significantly higher than other teas. White tea may refer to one of several styles of tea which generally feature young or minimally processed leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The tea was first grown at Nuwara Eliya near Adam's Peak between 2,200–2,500 meters (7,218–8,202 ft). The tea is grown, harvested and rolled by hand with the leaves dried and withered in the sun. It has a delicate, very light liquoring with notes of pine & honey and a golden coppery infusion.


lion logo

The Lion Logo which appears on Ceylon Tea packs denotes not only the country of origin but also the quality of Ceylon Tea. The Lion Logo is used only on consumer packs of Ceylon Tea. The pack contains 100% pure Ceylon Tea only

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