TYPES OF BLACK TEA
As one of the most popular teas in the world, our medium-bodied to full-bodied loose leaf tea blends display flavor profiles from savory to sweet.
If you're new to black tea, a great place to start is with our Irish Breakfast tea which is a classic blend of Assam black tea and Ceylon tea – a spicy and jammy aroma, with a malty flavor, a brisk mouthfeel, and nice sweetness in the finish. Or try one of the most popular black teas, Earl Grey Vanilla with the warm flavors of vanilla and creme, softening the edge of the bergamot orange citrus notes.
Our quality loose leaf black tea leaves provide a good shelf life, retaining their distinct flavor for several years. The flavor of black tea can be stronger and more astringent than other teas, but when brewed correctly black tea should be smooth and flavorful.
Does black tea have caffeine?
On average, black tea has more caffeine content than other teas. The typical 8oz cup of black tea contains between 14-70mg of caffeine, compared to 95mg of caffeine in an average cup of coffee.
As an oxidized tea, caffeine is more easily extracted from black tea than other types of tea. The caffeine content in black tea can vary depending on water temperature, brewing time, or leaves-to-water ratio. The hotter the water, the longer the brewing time, and the higher the ratio of tea leaves to water will increase the caffeine content in your cup.
If you are looking for a low-calorie, no-sugar beverage and watching your caffeine intake then drinking black tea is the perfect option for you. The effect of caffeine will also be gentler than that from a cup of coffee or energy drink.
Benefits of black tea
Enjoy the benefits of drinking black tea. Studies have shown that because of its high antioxidant content, drinking black tea may provide several health benefits.
Many people consume black tea to help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol, improve gut health and decrease high blood pressure. Consuming cups of black tea regularly may also provide other health benefits such as:
- Boosting heart health
- Reducing the risk of stroke
- Lowering blood sugar
- Reducing the risk of cancer
- Helping improve focus
- Helping protect against the risk of Type2 diabetes
Unlike some tea which can turn bitter if brewed at higher temperatures, black tea is best when steeped at 195-200F. Black tea is also popular as iced tea. So be sure to check out this simple way to cold brew iced tea at home!