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I think I first tried Ceylon tea when I was on holiday in Thailand a few years ago. As with most things out there it was decidedly sweeter than what I was used to but very pleasant indeed. Ceylon is actually the old name for Sri Lanka where this blend originates from. Originally Sri Lanka was a coffee growing region but disease wiped out the coffee crop in the mid Nineteenth century and farmers switched to planting tea. Thus Ceylon tea was born (history lesson over!).
Ceylon is quite a pale tea and looks decidedly anaemic once you have added milk. To combat this I usually leave it to brew for an extra couple of minutes to give it a stronger flavour. I have seen Ceylon described as a 'full-flavoured' tea but I really don't agree with this. For me it is subtle and mild.
The predominant flavour of this tea, for me, is honey. It is a very mellow, sweet and delicate flavour and is also good without milk. I usually detest tea without milk but Ceylon is one of the few blends that is perfectly drinkable without it (I still prefer it with though). There is also a floral bouquet after the first hit of honey which is very nice.
I would say that Ceylon is particularly good at breakfast time, due to its delicate, subtle flavour. It is not a tea that I could drink everyday because I find it too sweet for an everyday cuppa, but it is very nice as a once-in-a-while brew. As always with Twinings, the quality of the product is excellent and attractively packaged. I would certainly recommend this delicate tea to all tea fans.
Character: A pure high grown Ceylon tea with a superbly satisfying flavour and a rich golden liquor. How and when to serve: Best served with milk but can be enjoyed alone or with lemon. Origin: Dimbula region of Sri Lanka. Strenght 2.