Tea People: James Taylor (No, Not That One)

The name James Taylor probably isn't as popular as John Smith, but it's certainly not an uncommon one. For those of us who grew up in a certain era, James Taylor conjures up images of a tall, thin singer and songwriter of laid back pop/rock songs. Of course, the best known tea person to be …

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Teas of the World: High-Grown Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Teas

The number 3 or 4 player in tea growing in the world is the island nation off the south coast of India. Formerly named “Ceylon,” it is now called Sri Lanka. The teas, though, are still referred to as Ceylon teas. They are used in many blends, including brands like Barry’s and PG Tips, instead …

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Spotlight on Black Tea

For most of us – or at least for most of us this side of Asia – tea and black tea are almost synonymous. Though other types of tea have become more popular in the West in recent times, if someone mentions the word tea, it’s likely to conjure up an image of that old …

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Ceylon Blends

The quality of Ceylon teas has been on a steady rise since tea plantations revived Sri Lanka’s agricultural industry when their coffee crops fell victim to disease. You can have a pure Ceylon tea from a particular estate or enjoy one of these delicious teas in a blend where their flavors harmonize with the qualities …

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Main Ceylon Tea Growing Regions

Tea growing in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was an economy-saving move. As coffee plantations fell victim to a disease called “coffee rust,” plantation owners turned to learning about how to cultivate tea plants (Camellia Sinensis and its varietals). These days, the tea plant of choice is the assamica varietal exclusively. In my previous article “Darjeeling …

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Ceylon Tea and Honorable Women

For the past year I have grown to favor Ceylon Tea, and most recently the loose leaves from the Lover’s Leap Estate. The leaves that made the hot tea in my cup near at hand have been grown on moist mountainous land more than halfway around the world from me on the small island nation …

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