Chinese Black Tea

Chinese black tea – or “Hong Cha” (Red Tea), as it’s called in Asia – is a whole leaf tea that has been fully oxidized until the leaves turn reddish-brown. Mellow, sweet, and yet rich and earthy in its flavor, Chinese black tea makes an excellent afternoon beverage. For the authentic Chinese black tea experience, it’s best to take your tea without any add-ons; it has a lovely aroma of its own. It’s naturally sweet, makes for a full-bodied sip, and offers hints of fruit, chocolate, malt, or smoke. The strength, fragrance, and taste will differ, depending on the tea plant varietal, region, harvest time, and farming and processing methods used.