Why is it called Black Tea? In Europe, people tend to use hard water to brew tea due to the natural habitat. When Black Tea leaves are brewed with hard water, the tea will turn into darker colour. And that’s how Black Tea live up to its name.
The most successful countries of Black Tea production are Kenya, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, England, Japan, and China. For example, Hong Kong-style milk tea is generally brewed with Ceylon Black Tea with small, middle, and large size tea leaves together mixed with sugar and milk. In contrast, Taiwanese milk tea mainly utilize Darjeeling tea and Assam tea as the Black Tea base.
Black Tea is fully fermented tea with a unique production process. It needs to undergo high temperature processing and desiccation to be oxidized. Through the oxidation, the caffeine from Black Tea will be released. Therefore, Black Tea tended to be consumed before nighttime. The colour of Black Tea is between carmine and chestnut red. Black Tea has a rich taste and strong flavour which can complements milk to create more different types of drinks.
A tradition was established and passed through generations from British, which is enjoying afternoon tea and breakfast with Black Tea, because the flavour of Black Tea can match with pastries and relieve greasiness from meats and sweetness from desserts well. Therefore, Black Tea is a popular and common drink in Europe.
Earl Grey Tea was originated from Charles Grey, the former British Prime Minister. A long time ago, Earl Grey added citrus flavorings to Black Tea to create Earl Grey Tea. Consequently, the tea was named as Earl Grey.
Earl Grey contains a smooth and silky texture with the aroma of bergamot, a kind of citrus fruit. It helps to relax and calming the mind. Nowadays, Chinese Tea Gallery also found a recipe to pair up with Baileys to create a cocktail and blend with cocoa powder to create Earl Grey Hot Cocoa.
Kenya Black Tea is a type of breakfast tea. It tastes malty and gets a sweet aftertaste to help mind-refreshing and relieving greasiness. Kenya is the third-largest producer of Black Tea in the world, accounting for 7.9% of global production, approximately. The colour and taste of Kenya Black Tea is strong and rich. The longer the time it is steep in hot water, the more concentrated is the tea, so Kenya Black Tea is good to pair with milk.
Honey Black Tea grown in a lower altitude area, a family member of Oriental Beauty. In terms of scent, the tea has a floral aroma, and it aids to relieve greasiness, digestion and warm your body.
Jin Jun Mei Black Tea is improved by “Lapsang Souchong Tea” and containing a rich, aromatic and sweet aftertaste. It has a high value since it is made with selected and rare tea buds. If you enjoy Black Tea originated from China, this will be highly recommended.
Black Tea is the great choice to consume in Winter because it can warm up your body. Black Tea is one of the few categories that can blend with milk to be more dynamic. Last but not least. Black Tea is a fully fermented type of tea, and thus can be stored for a long period of time.
Black Tea contains a high content of caffeine. Therefore, having Black Tea in breakfast and tea-time is beneficial to refresh our mind. Regardless of any types of Black Tea, the content of caffeine will not be higher than a cup of coffee.
Earl Grey – Taiwan
Kenya Black Tea – Kenya
Jin Jun Mei Black Tea – China
Honey Black Tea - Taiwan