Black tea represents approximately 90% of the tea consumed in the Western world. It sets itself apart from green teas through a different processing method. The leaves are first exposed to hot air for several hours in order to reduce their water content by 50% to 60%. This step starts to free up the enzyme responsible for oxidizing the leaf. It also softens the leaves, preparing them to undergo subsequent operations without breaking. Next the leaves are rolled (by hand or mechanically), allowing the essential oils to spread and to impregnate the buds. The aroma of the tea depends on these essential oils. A screen is used to sort the tea. The smallest leaves go directly to the next stage, while the larger, tougher ones undergo a second rolling. Oxidation – Entails the chemical reaction of the leaves and their components (polyphenols) with air, humidity, and heat. Finally, comes Firing. Drying the leaves in the oven stops the oxidation process.
From the Assam region of the flat lands of Northern India rises this incredibly smooth malty tea with lots of character. It steeps a rich golden infusion and may be steeped multiple times. For the coffee lover looking to expand his or her horizons, this is the solution.
Classic Black - Award Winning
This bright and brisk high grown estate whole leaf Nilgiri tea has been carefully hand blended with smooth rich Yunnan golden buds to create a supremely classic infusion that can be enjoyed at any time of day.
Earl Grey Creme
Organic high grown estate black tea hand blended with fragrant oil of bergamot and a touch of French vanilla. A remarkable blend with fresh citrus notes followed by a rich and robust finish. Also available in our Eco Pyramid Teabags here.
Known as the traveler's tea and grown at an altitude of 5000 feet in Nepal, this organic tea flourishes in the misty mountains and is hand harvested by cooperative farmers in a region known as Guranse. The elevation of this tea provides a light brew and slightly astringent finish. This is a spring harvest with many white tips
Tali's Masala Chai
ccording to the ancient science of Ayurveda we need to have a balance of all six tastes throughout the day. Our fusion of organic Assam tea anchored in cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and other spices, is finely balanced to create the perfect aromatic blend. Sages in India are known to infuse the tea with milk and sugar.
Earl Grey Lavender
Art of Tea would like to present this unique and lovely twist on a traditional favorite! Our Earl Grey Lavender tea elicits sweet, fragrant floral notes followed by a rich and citrusy finish.
Passionfruit Jasmine - Award Winning
This award winning blend of select black tea and green teas, jasmine blossoms, and passionfruit essence has a long lasting, sweet flavor and astounding aroma that carries well hot and as a refreshing iced tea.
Lovers Leap Ceylon
Cultivated near the Southern slope of Sri Lanka's highest mountain, Pidurutalagala, Lovers Leap takes its name from the daring and passion inspired by its breath-taking views above the clouds and legends of long lost love. This tea is characterized by a bright cup with a flowery finish.
As you sip on this robust apple fusion, allow its full flavor to whisk you away to the bustling Turkish bazaars from which it was initially popularized.
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