There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a cup of Ceylon black tea to start or end your day. From its origin story to the art of preparing and storing your tea, here’s a guide on all you need to know about Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
The Origin of Ceylon Black Tea
You’d be surprised to know that Ceylon was actually the colonial name for Sri Lanka during the British era when tea flourished on the island. Ceylon black tea is known and loved across numerous households, both locally and internationally. The beverage offers a great variety of breakfast and fruit blends that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Types of Ceylon Black Tea
Teas are grown in estates of varying altitudes, which plays a major role in its distinctive qualities. High grown teas are light and honey golden in liquor making it one of the best black teas in the world, due to its unique aroma, flavour, and strength. Low grown teas are stronger in flavour with a burgundy brown liquor while mid grown teas have a rich, strong and full-bodied flavour; often combining high-grown and low grown characteristics.
Process of Manufacturing Black Tea
The skilled method of plucking tea includes nipping the bud and two leaves around it. Once the leaves have been plucked and gathered, they are then dried until 50% of its moisture content is reduced. Once withered, the leaves are rolled by mechanical tea rollers that separate and break them, before being fermented, dried and sifted for packaging.
Health Benefits of Ceylon Tea
Ceylon black tea has several health benefits, which is why locals drink a minimum of 3 cups a day, no matter where they are or what they’re doing! This tea is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6 and C, minerals and antioxidants, that aid in preventing certain illnesses. Some of the health benefits include reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the risk of oral diseases. The polyphenols and caffeine present in black tea alleviates fatigue and is known to have a protective effect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Tea, without other additions like milk or sugar, is believed to contribute to weight reduction.
How to Prepare Black Tea
Ceylon black tea is easy and simple to make. First, choose your most preferred tea from our Dilmah Premium Ceylon Single Origin Tea range. Then, boil water in a kettle before pouring it into your cup. Use one bag of tea per cup and let it steep for 3-5 minutes before consuming. Black tea can be added with sugar, honey or milk to taste.
How to Store Black Tea
If you’re purchasing loose tea leaves from Dilmah’s Premium Ceylon Black Tea range, ensure to store the leaves in an air tight container away from direct sunlight, in order to preserve the true qualities of the tea.