While it’s counterpart green tea seems to be getting most of the press attention, black tea is still popular as ever. Black tea is produced and sold in various countries around the globe. It has many health benefits to drinkers.
Most teas, whether they are black, green or white, come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. The way the teas usually differ is that they are processed very differently from each other and have different levels of oxidation.
Compared to the other teas, black tea is far more oxidized then others. Black tea also has a stronger flavour and has more caffeine which is perfect for mornings when most of us could use a caffeine boost.
Many countries produce black tea and it helps their economies. Most of these countries have a long history of producing black tea while for others it is relatively new.
Producers favour black tea over green tea mainly because green tea can lose its flavour within one year. Whereas black tea can keep it flavour for much longer.
As there are many countries producing black tea there are varieties of the tea which all give their own flavours, smells and taste.
China is one of the countries which produces and sells black tea all around the world. In the Mandarin language, black tea is better known as ‘hngch’, which means crimson tea.
China produces the following black teas:
Lapsang Souchong- This tea is dried over burning pine which gives the tea a strong flavour.
Kee-mun- This black tea is from Qimen and is a very famous tea in China. It has fruity and flowery fragrance.
Ying De Hong- This tea has a sweeter taste with a hint of pepper. It is made in the Guangdong Province in China.
Tibetan tea- This is made in Tibet and is also known as brick tea.
Another country that is well known for its production of teas is India. Assam is one of the leading producers in the country. Black tea from Assam is very strong compared to the much more lighter and more floral taste of the black tea from West Bengal.
Other countries who produce black tea are:
Each area has it’s own methods, techniques and conditions that give the tea in its region a unique taste. Which will help it gain more popularity in a very tough, competitive market.