Black tea is made from the leaf that has been fully oxidized, producing a hearty deep rich flavor in an amber colored liquor. It is the oxidation process, oxygen coming into contact with the enzymes in the tea leaf, that creates black tea. Black teas have a fuller and richer flavor than unprocessed green teas.
The most popular China Black teas are Keemun and Yunnan.
India's three major tea-producing regions - Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri are world-renowned.
Assam is the world's single largest tea growing region. Assam teas are prized for their rich, malty, robust cup character. They make good breakfast teas and go well with milk. Assam teas with gold tips in them are of the finest quality.
Darjeeling is often called the "Champagne of Teas." The Darjeeling district, with its high altitudes and heavy mists, nestles in the foothills of the Himalayas. Darjeeling's three cropping periods each year are termed First Flush, Second Flush and Autumnal Flush. The First Flush teas are known for a greenish cup and exquisite aroma. The Second Flush teas have a more robust body with muscatel character and powerful aroma. Autumnal teas, produced following the monsoon rains, are rather similar in character to Second Flush teas.
Nilgiri is often referred to as the Southern Darjeeling. Nilgiri - literally translated means 'Blue Mountain'. It is the most spectacular mountain range in south India. Nilgiri teas produce brisk and bright liquors, flavorful, forgiving and very fragrant.
HEALTH TIP: Black tea helps keep your breath smelling sweet because it is full of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that stop plaque from clinging to your teeth. Plaque build-up leads to bad breath, among other dental problems. Studies have also found polyphenols inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth, thus minimizing the foul-smelling compounds that those bacteria produce. Black tea also helps stop belly fat before it starts. Studies show that polysaccharides in black tea have glucose-inhibiting properties – meaning that it may also help to prevent diabetes.
4 oz. pouch yields approx. 40 - 60 cups