In Europe, it is by far the best known and most widely consumed tea variety. It is made from the Camellia sinensis or tea plant. The leaves of the adult plants are harvested and blanched with hot air. Then they are heated, which oxidises the leaves. The higher the temperature, the more oxidation, the more intense the dark colour. Finally, the leaves are dried and can be used to make tea.
Black tea exists in many varieties. The best known come from India and China, such as Ceylon, Darjeeling, Pu er and Pi Lo Chun. Fun fact: the Chinese call black tea hóng chá, which actually means 'red tea'. In the 17th century, European sailors discovered not only the parts of the world that were new to them, but also this spicy hot beverage. The dried leaves were shipped on a large scale to the West where drinking tea soon became the norm. The English still like to believe that it is their national drink.
What is not misunderstood is the rich spicy taste of black tea. It transports you to mysterious Eastern places, warming and comforting you. It also goes perfectly with other intense flavours such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, vanilla and aniseed. Or with sweet fruits like orange, apple and red fruit. And even with less obvious flavours such as cocoa or bourbon. At tastea, we never miss an opportunity to experiment with all kinds of different flavour combinations. You will find these in, among others, our Hocus Pocus Focus, the Make Your Bedrock and, of course, the Skintight.