Originally published in TChing here.
Is Ceylon a problematic colony-themed origin description? Maybe, maybe not. In general the political correctness movement seems to have not been taken up so quickly related to tea, since "Oriental Beauty" is still around. All the same someone asked in a discussion something related to this split, between teas from Sri Lanka being called Sri Lankan versus Ceylon (awhile back now, but I'd meant to write about it).
Of course Ceylon is the established tea origin and type brand name; that's a given. I've personally never given it much thought if that's problematic, in relation to it being a former British colony name. So I asked around in a couple of groups to see what the consensus perspective is, or if there is more relevant input to turn up.
This input in a Sri Lanka themed Facebook group was interesting:
Sri Lanka is the current name of the island. But the world is known Ceylon tea, Ceylon Cinnamon, Ceylon rubber, Ceylon gems etc. Either the authorities should go for entire re branding or use the popular brand names.
white and black Ceylon versions