Black Ceylon Tea or Ceylon Black Tea is a tea variant from Sri Lanka which is characterized by its citrusy aroma and is used in blends and also enjoyed unmixed. Its flavor and taste vary as per the altitudes. It is believed that this tea variant along with other variants was born due to some impairment of coffee crops in the country. And the tea was introduced from China as a replacement crop. The black tea from Ceylon is also segmented into three categories like its white and green compatriots:
- Udawatte: Teas produced in high altitudes
- Medawatte : Teas produced in medium altitudes
- Yatawatte: Teas produced in low altitudes
Like its white and green variants this tea is also marketed in “Lion Logo” which depicts that the tea is produced in Ceylon and is approved by the Government.
Features of Ceylon Black Tea
The black tea from Ceylon is known to retain its flavor for long time. This tea is often served for breakfast and at regular times due to its aromatic and crispy flavor. It is enjoyed both as hot and cold beverage. Ceylon Waltz and Ceylon Sonata are the most popular Black Ceylon Tea varieties consumed across the world. Ceylon Waltz is medium bodied and goes well with sugar and milk and Ceylon Sonata is milder and has citrusy flavors. They are mostly sold as loose teas.
Health Benefits of Ceylon Tea
The black tea from Ceylon contains about 2-4% of caffeine which may help to curb the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It is also found to aid in treating different forms of cancer and was also found effective in preventing the instances of kidney stone and tooth decay. The Ceylon Black Tea is loaded with powerful anti-cancer compound called TF-2 which suppresses the gene that triggers cancer. Also, the black tea from Ceylon is known as good cholesterol detoxifier and fat buster. It is also known to exhibit some common properties like the other black tea variants. Black tea inhibits the inflammation, curbs the growth of viruses, regularizes cardiovascular health, and tames the inflammation. It is known as an effective aid in treating herpes and other mouth viruses.