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Black Tea - A Definitive Guide On What Is It And How To Drink!

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by Siadra

Updated May 06, 2021

Although you may have consumed black tea under the disguise of English Breakfast or Earl Grey, black tea is way beyond that. Where do we start - the benefit, the taste, the aroma? Well, black tea comes in a package of all three. That’s enough of a reason for this drink to be the second most drunk drink after water!

Extracted from the leaves of a bush named Camellia Sinensis, black tea has caffeine and antioxidants to a higher level than most of its counterparts. The richness of oxidation is because it goes through an individual oxidation process before it reaches your teapot.

That being said, black tea can take many forms depending on where it’s being produced. So, today, we will take an up-close and personal look at the prospects and promises of pure black tea!

What Is Black Tea?

As you already know, black tea comes from a special tea plant known as Camellia Sinensis. Unlike regular tea, like green tea, for example, black tea goes through complete oxidation right before it is processed and let dry. This causes the darkish brown color of the leaves and puts them apart from other types of tea leaves.

Although the discovery of black tea dates back to the mid 17th century in China, it got popular in the Middle East and Europe, as well. Once it appeared as a ‘big hit’ in the western world, China took the opportunity to produce the leave on a larger scale afterward. Thanks to the English businessmen who foresaw the massive profit in trading black tea, China was exporting black tea like never before.

However, although the whole western world knows it as black tea, in China, it’s known and ‘hong cha’, which means red tea. This is obviously because of its reddish color of the liquor.

Types Of Black Tea

There are different types of black tea found in today’s market, depending on the origin of the leaves. Currently, if you leave China, black tea is mostly produced in India, Africa, and Sri Lanka. The most popular blends should be the English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast. Different regions offer different flavors to the leaves to separate them from others. Here are some of the most common types of black tea origins.

Assam Black Tea:

Assam is one of the largest producers of black in the world. The specialty of the tea is that it’s brisk, a bit malty, and bold. It tastes fantastic when you blend it with sugar and a bit of milk.

Darjeeling Black Tea:

Darjeeling is best known for its mountainous natural abundance, which is reflected in the flavor of the tea produced there, as well. The black tea from Darjeeling comes with a light taste coupled with a floral and fruity taste. Hence, the color will have a bit of green flavor.

Ceylon Black Tea:

Originated in Sri Lanka, the tea comes with a rich, strong, and bold flavor that may remind you of chocolate when you take a sip.

Kenyan Black Tea:

This one is from Africa, which offers a dark and bold flavor. Although it’s a newbie addition to the black tea zone in the late 1900s, it’s still one of the best.

Keemun Black Tea:

This Chinese breed is also a bit fruity and floral with a slight aroma of tobacco.

Yunnan Black Tea:

This one is also grown in China’s Yunnan province. It offers a chocolaty flavor with a bit of spicy note.

Benefits of Black Tea

When it comes to the benefits of black tea, the list goes on. Literally, black tea comes out with so many health benefits that most athletes and fitness freaks around the world cling to a cup of black tea every day. To cut it short, here are some of the benefits of black tea in general.

1.Prevents Chronic Disease
Black tea, by production and process, is rich in antioxidants. Taking a sip every day can help mitigate free radicals and regulate cell damage in your body. This, as a result, reduces the risk of any chronic disease in your body.

2.Improves Heart-Health
It has another important antioxidant group called flavonoids that is proved to improve your heart health.

3.Reduces Blood Cholesterol Level
Lipoproteins are responsible for transporting cholesterol in the blood. Now Low-Density Lipoproteins are the ‘bad guys’ that can pile up residues that block the arteries. Consuming black tea on a regular basis is proven to reduce this LDL and cholesterol level in the blood.

4.Lowers Blood Pressure
Black tea can effectively lower the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the adult body to control blood pressure to an impressive level.

5.Lowers Stroke-Risk
A study conducted in 2013 showed that people who regularly took black tea were 32% less prone to stroke than those who didn’t.

6.Lowers Sugar-level in Blood
Researches have shown that regular consumption of black tea can improves insulin level in the blood that eventually lowers the sugar level.

7.Improves Gut-Health
Black tea has a compound called polyphenols that can improve the growth of good bacteria in our stomach, restraining the growth of bad bacteria at the same time. This eventually helps improve our digestive system.

How To Brew Black Tea

Okay, how you brew your black tea will completely depend on the variant you’ve just purchased from the vendor. Different types of black tea may need specific attention. So, it’s best to get a little bit of an idea from the vendor you are purchasing the tea leaves from. That will give you a good way to brew your specific type of black tea. As for today, we are going to share a general recipe for black tea.

Step 1: First of all, take a pot of filtered, pure, and cold water. Make sure that the kettle is clean, too.

Step 2: Now, you need to heat up the water. Usually, you need to heat up black tea for a long period. Compared to green tea, it’s way longer. You have to set the temperature between 200 and 212 degrees F for about 5 minutes.

Unless you want to indulge in guesswork, try getting an electric kettle. It will allow you to set the temperature correctly. Otherwise, you will need to measure the sea level to figure out the boiling temperature.

Step 3: Next, you need to decide on the number of tea leaves you are going to use. It’s best if you stick to the recommendation that comes with the package. However, if the package doesn’t have a clear indication, using a couple of grams of leaves in an 8-ounce cup is a good way to start.

Step 4: Don’t let the heat disappear. Cover the tea to keep the heat in the steeping pot.

Again, don’t take much time to steep the tea. Remember, the more you steep it, the higher the chance of a bitter taste to release. So check the taste on a regular interval.

Step 5: Now, when you are done with the brewing, it’s ready to enjoy! You can add milk and sugar to add different tastes to it. However, it is recommended to drink it the way it is to retain and enjoy the raw taste.

Caffeine In Black Tea

Even though uncontrolled consumption of caffeine can lead to fatigue, rapid heart rate, digestion issues, and anxiety, balanced intake can have its plethora of benefits, as well. From weight loss to the improvement of brain and memory function, caffeine is a much-sought element in our daily diet. Now, there are three different familiar drinks that provide caffeine - coffee, green tea, and black tea.

Although black tea is an honorable mention when it comes to caffeine, it offers the least amount compared to the other two drinks. Coffee takes the lead here, followed by Green tea. Here’s a chart to clarify things a bit.

Drink Caffeine Per 8-ounce
Coffee 90 to 190 gm
Green Tea 20 to 40 gm
Black Tea 14 to 60 gm

Black Tea Recipe

Now, it’s not that you need to confine yourself to a single type of drink when it comes to having a cup of black tea. There are a number of delicious ways you can consume black tea. Here we are sharing a few common and most popular recipes with you.

Make Rose Water Iced Tea

Recipe by: Siadra
5 from 504 votes
Prep Time
15M
Cook Time
185M
Calories
210 cal
Yield
4

The Rose iced tea gets an awesome flavor from the dried rosebuds and rose water. Here’s how it’s prepared.

Ingredients

  • Black tea leaves: 3 tablespoon
  • Dried rosebuds: 2 tablespoon
  • Boiling water: 2 cups
  • Honey: 2 tablespoon
  • Rosewater: A quarter of a teaspoon

Instructions

  1. Put the tea leaves along with the rosebuds in the boiling water. Steer the mixture for 5 minutes.
  2. Now, strain the tea and put the honey inside. Steer the mixture again.
  3. Keep the mixture away from the stove and keep it cool for at least 3 hours.
  4. Finally, pour the drink over the ice. Add a bit of rosewater. You’re done!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 4
Calories 210
  • Total Fat 0g
    • Saturated Fat 0g
    • Trans Fat 0g
    • Unsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0
  • Sodium 0g
  • Carbohydrates 0g
    • Fiber 0g
    • Sugar 0g
  • Protein 0g
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Black tea contains around 14 to 60 gm of caffeine in 8 ounces of drink.

  • Black tea is grown from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. It goes through an oxidation process before final processing.

  • Earl Grey black tea has the most caffeine. You can count from 60 to 90 grams of caffeine in 8 ounces of drink.

  • Black tea is made in the same simple way as any normal tea. It’s boiled at first and then stirred. Finally, coupled with added flavors, it is served.

  • Black tea tastes a bit malty and fruity. You can also find a bit of spice and honey.

  • There are a number of ways you can drink black tea. Iced tea, English Breakfast, Rosewater ice tea, etc., are some of the usual recipes.

  • Black tea originated in China. However, today it is mostly produced in India, Sri Lanka, and Africa, along with China.

  • Black tea contains only one calorie per 100 grams.

  • Although there are no bars to call it too much when it comes to drinking black tea, usually for an adult, having more than 5 cups of tea per day can cause health problems.

  • Usually, bold, astringent black tea can be easily mixed up with sugar and milk to add taste. So, yes, you can add milk to the black tea.

  • To make your black tea taste better, you can add Citrus, Berries, Cinnamon, honey, lemon, mint, ginger, sugar, milk, maple syrup, etc.

  • The two most useful times to drink black tea are in the daytime and right after the meal. The daytime drink will keep you energized, and the after-meal one will help your digestion.

Final Words

For centuries black tea has been successful in retaining its appeal to the tea-lovers all around the globe. It’s not anything addictive, but the taste is hard to avoid. That’s why from the east to the west, black tea has still grabbed a huge market, no matter by what name you call it.

Although too much consumption may put your health at risk, a balanced regular intake will definitely help you keep healthy. We hope this piece has made it easy for you to get the ins and outs of black tea. If you feel like sharing your experience of black tea - feel free to leave your comments!

Have a sip of black tea!