Top 12 Rich Tasting Black Teas For Your Roughest Mornings

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.
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Assam Enigma Second Flush Black Tea

Assam Enigma Second Flush Black Tea

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Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

Smoky Assam Souchong Black Tea

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Mangalam Gold Summer Black Tea

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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..
Harney & Sons Loose Leaf Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong

Harney & Sons Loose Leaf Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong

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, Mango Ceylon, Metabolic Frolic Tea, 50 Tea Bags

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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..
1st Flush Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling “Limited Edition”

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English Breakfast

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Robust with flavor, our traditional blend of organic loose leaf black tea is perfect for starting the day. This Sri Lanka black tea brews smooth and malty, with a clean finish.
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Classic English Breakfast Black Tea

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Ceylon Tea

Ceylon Tea

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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