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black-teas.pngBlack tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant as does White, Green and Oolong teas.  What sets this tea apart from the others is how it is processed.   Black tea is created when the leaves are completely crushed and fermented.  This gives the black tea its full flavor and its higher caffeine content.  Although many people say black tea isn’t good for you, there have been studies proving otherwise.  Black tea is heart-healthy and has been shown to keep blood sugar levels from spiking after rich meals.

Although most people do not realize it, black teas have distinct flavors based on where the tea was grown.  For instance, Darjeeling, which is grown in the Darjeeling region of India, has a much lighter color in the cup and a lighter flavor on the palate than an Assam, which is bolder and more brisk.  Most tea drinkers are familiar with English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, or Earl Grey.  All three are blends of tea.  Straight tea from a region, or specifically from a plantation, contains tastes one would never expect from “black tea”.  There is a reason Queens and Kings were the first to get tea.  It is simply…unbelievably delicious.