Okay, so we went over the different types of Camellia sinensis teas; black, green, white and oolong. But what are these other teas? Ceylon, Darjeeling, Assam, etc. This refers to where the Camellia sinensis plant is grown. Whereas the former is how it’s processed.
In my Harney and Sons sampler tea set I got a few of these to try and decided to share with you what I’ve learned.
Ceylon Tea comes from the highlands of Sri Lanka (which used to be called Ceylon). It is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. Due to the environment it’s grown in, this tea is higher in antioxidants, has a full bodied taste with the hint of citrus, chocolate or spice depending on where it’s grown within the country. Usually Ceylon tea is processed by hand, aiding in it being a brisk and bright tea. It also has health benefits (that I’ll let you look up 😉).
The Harney and Sons black Ceylon tea I am trying is a nice smooth black tea. It’s not bitter (when you steep it 3-5 minutes), so it is drinkable on its own. I can see it tasting well with some milk, sugar or honey. I’m not sure I’m getting a citrus, chocolate or spice flavor as mentioned above.
Happy Tea-ventures 😊