The most popular style of tea consumed in Europe and North America, black tea is manufactured in over 50 countries of the world. Premium, orthodox black tea (full and whole long-leaf tea) is produced in various regions of China and India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and nearly every country of Africa.
Delicious drunk plain or with milk or sugar, black tea has been an essential beverage for Western tea drinkers since the introduction of tea to Europe by Dutch traders in the mid-1600’s.
Black tea is fully-oxidized and steeps a strong, dark cup. Black tea is produced in many different leaf styles and flavor profiles that reflect the terroir of origin: aromatic, brisk yet smooth Keemun; complex Sichuan; full-bud 'honeyed caramel' specialties from Yunnan; delicate and aromatic Himalaya-grown Darjeeling and Nepal; robust Assam from north-eastern India; and classic fruity and brisk Ceylon from the Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Did you know that different black teas can be drunk young, rested or aged?
Tea Trekker believes that some premium black teas taste better when they have rested a year or so before drinking.
Unlike green tea, most black teas will retain their flavor and aroma for many years, particularly orthodox-manufacture, whole-leaf black tea. Whole-leaf black teas bear no relation to tea bag finely cult black teas - treat yourself to several different whole leaf black teas and you will immediately notice better, more pure flavor, finesse, and depth of character.
Some black tea, especially very long leaf teas such as Yunnan black tea from southwest China can benefit from resting or sometimes aging, which may transform them into a more flavorful, deep and rich cup when they are kept in cool, dry storage conditions. (This does not mean that an un-identified package of supermarket black teabags that have been hiding in the back of your pantry for years will have blossomed into something wonderful !)
View our Selection of Black Tea:
- China Keemun Black Tea
- China Yunnan Black Tea
- China Lapsang Souchong Black Tea
- Black Tea from Other Regions of China