Mlesna Kandy Ceylon Tea Review

mlesna kandy ceylon tea review

I’ve had a tea from the Kandy region of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) before. Teakruthi’s Lemon Kandy is not only a delightful play on words but also a very tasty black tea with sweet lemon pieces.

So, I had high hopes for this single origin, plain black tea from the Kandy region of Sri Lanka! But Mlesna teas have been hit and miss so far.

In this full Mlesna Kandy tea review, find out what this tea tastes like, how to brew it for the best results, and where you can buy it online.

Mlesna Kandy Tea at a Glance

Izzy's Rating
  • Origin: Black tea from the Kandy region of Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
  • Flavour: A smooth, pleasant and bright black tea with subtle bitterness

Not bad. Not bad at all. Although this Kandy tea doesn’t hold a candle to loose leaf teas from this region, it still brews up a nice cup that’s easy to enjoy.

mlesna ceylon kandy tea bags

Full Review – Kandy Single Origin Tea

Izzy's Rating
  • Type: Tagged paper filter teabag
  • Tea: Black tea
  • Origin: Kandy region of Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
  • Flavour Notes: Smooth, pleasant, bright, bitter
  • Aroma: Malty, tannins, fresh, strong, bold, refreshing
  • Milk or Lemon: Milk, if desired
  • Where to Buy: Amazon

Ripping open the little foil packet for this tea, the initial aroma is fresh and strong. Yay! There’s nothing more disheartening than opening a new tea to discover that it’s already stale. This Mlesna Kandy tea has lovely malty and tannin notes.

It brews into a clear orange-brown tea that has flecks of red when I hold it up to the light. As Mlesna describe it as best with milk, I was expecting something much darker.

Mmm. This is one of those teas you can just breathe in and feel satisfied. The tea has a bold malty quality that creates a refreshing yet rich aroma.

The flavour doesn’t quite match, however. It’s bright, smooth and has a bitter edge that settles on the back of your tongue when you swallow.

It’s not bad without milk but adding just a splash will help with that bitterness.

amber black tea in glass teacup

How to Brew Ceylon Black Tea

Mlesna Kandy tea is best brewed for 3 minutes if you plan to drink it black, or 5 minutes if you want to add milk. Boil the kettle and pour it straight onto the teabag – you don’t need to worry about water temperature with this one.

This is a good cuppa to pair with some biscuits or sweet breakfasts/desserts. Pancakes, waffles, cakes and pastries would be washed down nicely with this tea.

As for when to drink it, you could have it at any time in the morning and afternoon. Just not before bed, as the caffeine might keep you awake.

Why Mlesna Ceylon Tea Selection?

I’m steadily working my way through the tea collection and the results have been mixed so far. Although the teas all have different flavours and leave unique impressions, they all have a few things in common.

The first is quality. It’s not amazing. In fact, it’s chopped much finer than most teabags I review for the blog. But on the other hand, it’s all from one origin which is nice and allows you to appreciate the nuances of tea grown in a specific area.

mlesna black tea leaves

On the back of the tea wrapper, Mlesna write:

Teas from this mid-grown region at altitudes of 2500 feet and above, liquors sweet and strong. Consume preferably with milk to enjoy a thick cup.

It’s poorly phrased and also incorrect – the texture of this tea is more watery than thick. So, I guess you really can’t judge a tea by its wrapper!


I do recommend this tea and I bet that the loose leaf version I’ve found available on Amazon will taste even better than the teabags I’ve reviewed. Check it out using the link below or read more about Mlesna’s tea here on my blog.

kandy single origin tea

Tea Recommendation

Something more reliable, perhaps? Check out Clipper English Breakfast Tea for a soothing, tasty cuppa time after time. Or if you want to find something a little more exotic to sip, head to my tea review index in the menu.

Isobel Moore

Isobel Moore is a quiet, quirky and creative “human bean” whose favourite pastime is curling up with a cuppa and a good book.

Over the past 5 years, her tea reviews at Immortal Wordsmith have helped thousands of readers choose vibrant tea blends and single origin selections from fine, organic, and responsible tea companies.

As a professional content writer with a qualification in digital marketing, Isobel has worked with market-leading tea brands around the globe to develop their content marketing campaigns and gain exposure. Her professional portfolio can be found on Upwork.

Besides a deep-rooted passion for tea, Isobel writes on topics ranging from food and travel to wellness and literature.

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