Top 12 Rich Tasting Black Teas For Your Roughest Mornings

Last updated: August 21, 2020 at 17:42 pm

What is black tea?

In short, loose leaf 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.


Is drinking black tea good for you?

Yes, and in more ways than one. Properly prepared loose leaf black tea isn’t just a shot of energy in a cup. In addition to caffeine, it contains antioxidants, polyphenols, amino acids and other compounds that benefit the system in unique ways. Black tea has a high concentration of heart-friendly flavonoids which improve cardiac muscle function, minimize damage to artery walls, reduce clots and prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Anti-cancer properties of black tea are also being studied; these are the result of a compound called TF-2, which targets cancer cells while keeping healthy cells intact. Tannins in black tea boost immunity, and its polyphenols and minerals reduce signs of ageing. In terms of energy and focus, black tea delivers a smoother, more well-rounded package as compared to coffee and other energy drinks. That’s because its caffeine content is balanced by L-theanine, an amino acid that improves concentration while also keeping you relaxed.

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 loose leaf 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. Single origin teas are available from the best online tea stores and popular brands as well as from smaller vendors who ship directly from the source. Some of the world finest black teas come from the Indian regions of Darjeeling, Nilgiri and Assam. Reed more about Indian black teas here>>
  • 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 Masala Chai and Earl Grey tea. Others represent original and truly unique artisan creations. Also, read our article on things you can add to your tea>>.
  • Smoked tea. For a very special tea experience try Lapsang Souchong, Chinese black tea traditionally prepared by smoking over the pine wood.
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English Breakfast Eco Teabag Sachets

English Breakfast Eco Teabag Sachets

Start your day anywhere with our smooth and malty English Breakfast teabag. Biodegradable and eco-friendly, our organic English Breakfast teabags brew sweet and woodsy with a clean finish.
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Irish Breakfast Tea Organic, Fair Trade

Irish Breakfast Tea Organic, Fair Trade

Created to match the style favored by the tea-loving Irish, this blend features a blend of Organic Black Teas, giving it a dark full-bodied, malty flavor that’s slightly stronger than the English Breakfast Tea. As its name implies, Irish Breakfast Tea is an ideal accompaniment to a morning meal, and the addition of milk and sugar to this tea creates a warm, solid flavor and aroma, providing a velvety smooth texture.
Organic Golden Monkey Paw

Organic Golden Monkey Paw

Organic Golden Monkey Paw is a USDA certified organic, black tea made from the very young leaves and bud of new season growth. It originates from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, China. With the same careful process as White Monkey Paw green tea, the tea leaves are hand picked with an artistic process to preserve the tea leaf form and then delicately steamed and dried. The leaves are then allowed a fermentation process which brings out the beautiful black and gold colors. These perfect, prized tea leaves in our California Tea House collection resemble a monkey's paw, hence the name
Organic Lapsang Souchong

Organic Lapsang Souchong

Organic Lapsang Souchong black tea, from the Wuyi region of the Fujian province of China, is the single malt scotch and fine cigar lovers tea of California Tea House. It has an amazing smoky flavor and aroma due to its drying process.  This is the highest grade Lapsang in the world, also known as Royal Grade Lapsang, and is smoke-dried using only Wuyi local pine wood. This is one of our unique favorites that is sure to find a following as we open up our collection.
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Assam T.G.F.O.P. Tea Organic

Assam T.G.F.O.P. Tea Organic

An Organic Assam Black Tea from the mountains of southern India. T.G.F.O.P. is a very high grade tea, containing many lighter golden tan tips of the tea adding to the depth of taste. This tea has a full-bodied, rich malty flavor and makes a delicious breakfast tea. Milk and sugar complement this tea well. Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (T.G.F.O.P.) is FOP with a larger amount of tips. When these tips are in abundance, the terms 'Tippy and Golden' are attached to FOP, thus making it Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. TGFOP is the top grade of OP tea.
Rose Dian Hong Black Tea

Rose Dian Hong Black Tea

This tea is made with roses from France known for their rich fragrance. The result of the mixing with Dian Hong black tea from Yunnan produces with pleasing tea, bringing you a fantastic experience combining the tea’s mellow, sweet flavor with the bright fragrance of the roses.
Superfine Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea

Superfine Keemun Mao Feng Black Tea

Keemun Mao Feng is a special variety of Keemun black tea, from Qi Men County in the Anhui province of China. It is known for its peculiar aroma and shape, and has been recognized as one of the world’s four best black teas. Rated as the best of China’s black teas, Keemun is an absolute delight to drink. Teavivre’s superfine Keemun Mao Feng represents the best of this already high-quality tea, with a taste, aroma, and appearance that totally justify its renown. Handmade in its birthplace of Qimen, this tea is simply stunning.
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Assam Enigma Second Flush Black Tea

Assam Enigma Second Flush Black Tea

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...
Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

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...
Mangalam Gold Summer Black Tea

Mangalam Gold Summer Black Tea

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.
Castleton Exotic Summer Muscatel Black Tea

Castleton Exotic Summer Muscatel Black Tea

Castleton is the original home of the muscatel, and every year, all eyes are on it to see if the tea meets expectations. We've never been disappointed. And as we do every summer, this season too, we have a beautifully turned out muscatel, light bodied and exceptionally good.
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Classic English Breakfast Black Tea

Classic English Breakfast Black Tea

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..

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