Black Tea: easy guide, top 12 best teas

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What is black tea?

In short, black tea is fully fermented leaves of the tea plant, Camellia Sinensis.

How is black tea made?

After the tea leaves are harvested, they got to be processed. First, they are getting dried and withered to remove excessive moisture. Then the tea leaves are rolled into strips either mechanically or by hand for high-quality teas. Next step is fermenting, or oxidizing. The type (“color”) of the tea depends on the level of oxidation.  Of all the types of tea, black is the most oxidized one. It has distinctive rich color and robust flavor.

Tea tips

When searching for a perfect cup of black tea, glance through the labels and descriptions, paying attention to these little details that make a world of difference.

  • Origin. Most of the black tea comes from India, China, and Ceylon. Within these regions, the highest quality elite teas are those harvested from a single source – plantation, estate, or garden. It is helpful to know where exactly your tea comes from since teas from different regions have different qualities and flavors. This is the same concept as used in the wine industry, where appellation d’origine controlee ensures certain qualities of wines made of grape from defined source.
  • The size of leaves.  There are whole leaf teas, aka “orange pekoe”, then, broken leaves, and, finally, fannings and dusts. Perfectly intact unbroken leaves are the most valuable. They are usually used for the production of teas of the highest quality. Fannings and dust are being used as “stuffing” for casual fast brewing tea bags (this is still tea!).
  • Pure or blend. Various blends can be created by mixing different teas with each other or with other botanicals. Unflavored blends, like English Breakfast, are done by mixing black teas of different origins and qualities. By adding various botanical ingredients, spices, and flavorings, tea producers create infinite numbers of flavored tea blends. Some of them are well known and popular staples like Earl Grey tea. Others represent original and truly unique artisan creations.
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This exquisite, best-selling Second Flush is a crown of Assam teas, handpicked from the choicest estates in Assam and blended in-house by our skilled master blenders. A delectable malty cup of tea featuring hints of wood and the fresh aroma of a ripe fruit. The brownish-black leaves are small, lightly-rolled, and are interspersed with short flakes and ample golden tips...
A specialty blend, from the divine region of Assam, soaked in an enticing aroma of Oakwood smoke. A malty Assam summer tea sourced from aged chi-nary bushes that results in a lively cup! The blackish-brown long leaves are loosely hand-rolled and are interspersed with treasured buds. It carries the impressive aroma of black tea cured in oak wood smoke...
Fine first-plucked spring flush Darjeeling from the lush gardens of Jungpana, this tea makes a bright and lively cup. It is fruity, floral, and crisp around the edges, yet very balanced and smooth. This first offering of spring is perfect to start a year in an upbeat note.
Assam's Mangalam estate is another of our must-haves every summer. The entire estate has been planted with clonal tea bushes. Their orthodox teas are a benchmark in golden tippy orthodox Assam teas. They are mellow but make a flavorful malty cup.
Black tea from the famous Darjeeling region of India. This summer harvest tea comes to us from one of our favorites, Puttabong Estate. These tea gardens are some of the highest in the world, at 6000 feet above sea level. At these high altitudes, the tea leaves grow more slowly, and have more time to develop their unique Darjeeling flavor. This one has sweet, white gra..
An ancient and much loved tea from China, large leaves are dried over smoky pine fires. Develops a distinctive smoky flavor so give it a try when you want a change of pace. Tastes like pine smoke and bacon with some dark stone fruit.
The Republic of Tea's Mango Ceylon Metabolic Frolic Tea has quickly become one of the most popular flavors. Great served hot or cold, this uplifting black tea will convert even the most adamant coffee drinkers. The light and sweet flavors of mango and sunflower blossoms combine with fine black tea to create a superior taste and an invigorating fragrance. The tropical..
This wonderful Indian Darjeeling is the best first flush that we have ever had the privilege of tasting, and is available in very strictly limited quantities, so don't miss out! We only have limited stock quantity of Darjeeling Margaret's Hope First Flush available, and it is already proving incredibly popular, so be sure not to leave it too late to buy. Darjeeling Ma..
Our classic breakfast tea is a rich combination of strong, full-bodied and robust teas handpicked from the finest estates of Assam and goes perfectly with a dash of milk and sugar. English Breakfast is among the most popular tea blends in the world. Popularized by the Queen Victoria of England, it is traditionally paired with a hearty English breakfast. Assam is known..
Our Shagadelic English Breakfast tea combines four gorgeous, full leaf, black teas from three different countries, resulting in a deep, rich, well-balanced liquor. This British tea favorite is fit for the Queen, but lighthearted enough for Austin Powers.
Single-estate premium loose leaf Ceylon black tea Origin: Sri Lanka, Kenilworth Estate. Kenilworth Estate is known around the world for its strong full-bodied flavor and is considered to be the hallmark of Ceylon medium grown teas. A scenic area filled with waterfalls, forest land and tea plantations on the outskirts of the mountains in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri La..

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