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How to Spot Authentic Ceylon Tea

Ah, tea time! There's nothing quite like a steaming mug of your favourite brew. But with the vast selection of teas available, how do you know that what you're drinking is the real deal? Let's take a look at how to identify authentic Ceylon tea and why it's so special.

What is Ceylon Tea?

Ceylon tea comes from Sri Lanka, an island nation off the coast of India. The tea is grown in the highlands of Sri Lanka, in an area known as “Little England” due to its cooler climate and rolling, misty hillsides. It's these conditions that give Ceylon tea its signature taste and aroma - a flavour unlike any other type of black tea.

How Can I Identify Authentic Ceylon Tea?

There are several ways you can tell if your tea is genuine Ceylon brew. First, check for an official certification stamp from the Sri Lanka Tea Board on the packet - this will guarantee that your tea was grown under strict guidelines in Sri Lanka and has met all quality standards set by the board itself. If there isn't a stamp, look for a unique seal or logo on the packaging which indicates it’s been certified by an independent authority such as Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance Certified.

The second way to identify genuine Ceylon tea is by colour - authentic Ceylon brew should be bright golden-orange in colour when brewed correctly. This vibrant colour comes from natural flavonoids found in the leaves; flavonoids are antioxidants which help protect our bodies from damage caused by free radicals. As if that wasn't enough, research suggests that drinking Ceylon tea may also help reduce cholesterol levels and improve blood circulation!

Finally, you can also tell if your brew is authentic based on its flavour profile - real Ceylon should have a refreshingly mild flavour with subtle notes of citrus and spice (think cinnamon or cardamom). It should also have a pleasant sweet aftertaste; if your cup tastes overly bitter or sour then it’s likely not genuine!

Authentic Ceylon tea is one of life's little luxuries - so make sure you get only the best! By checking for bright golden-orange colour when brewed correctly, and tasting for subtle notes of citrus and spice with a pleasant sweet aftertaste, you can enjoy a delicious cup of genuine Sri Lankan goodness every time! Happy sipping!

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