Black tea is the world's most popular tea, even if here in the United
States black tea seems like somewhat of an after-thought, lost as it
is among the maze of herbal teas and green teas.
Black tea, like other teas, are grown primarily in Asia...with China,
Sri Lanka and above all India being the prime growing areas.
Due to the worldwide popularity of black tea, the production of black
tea is becoming more concentrated among larger estates. Technology, both
for processing the tea and for growing it (biotech) is also being incresingly
used, particularly for Assam Black Tea.
Black Teas from China
||Yunnan Tea (Dian Hong): A very popular
black tea in China that is grown in the Yunnan province. It has several
varities, including broken yunnan, yunnan gold and yunnan pure gold.
High grades of this tea are less bitter than most other black teas
and have a rather sweet aroma (for a black tea).
||Keemun Tea : A caffeine haters black tea...black
tea made from this leaf have less than than black tea made from Assam leaves.
The tea has a fruity aroma and can be more bitter than other black teas.
||Lapsang Souchong Tea : This tea is
withered over pine or cedar fires, pan-fried, rolled and oxidized.
It is then dried in bamboo baskets over burning pine. The tea has
a distinct smoky aroma and can be a bit bitter.
||Jiaqu Wuling Tea (Black Dragon) :
Sometimes mistaken for a oolog tea, this black tea is fully fermented.
The tea is know to have a relaxing taste with a coppery color once
Black Tea from India
||Darjeeling : The "Champagne of Black
Teas," darjeeling is the most sought after black tea. Grown in the
foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of over 6000 feet, this
tea has numerous "flushes", or when the tea is harvested. The "first
flush" is considered the finest tea and is harvested in March. The
"second flush", also highly prized, is harvested in May and June.
||Assam : Assam is the most popular
and most grown tea in India. Like Darjeeling, it has several "flushes,"
or when the tea is harvested. The first flush is harvested over the
course of ten week beginning in March. The second flush is picked
in June, with production taking place over the summer and early fall.
||Nilgiri : Nilgiri is India's second
largest tea growing region. The tea is grown at elevations from 1000
to 6000 feet. The tea itself is known for its strong aroma and flavor
and it's bright color. Due to the strong taste, Nilgiri is frequently
blended with weaker black teas.
Black Tea from Sri Lanka
||Ceylon Black Tea : Black teas grown
in Sri Lanka are known as Ceylon teas. These teas tend to have a
with a crisp aroma. There are a number of varieties of ceylon black
tea, depending on the elevation the tea is grown at. These varieties
include Morawak Korale, Kandy, Uva, Dambulla and Dickoya, Nuwara
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