Black tea is more oxidized, stronger in flavor, and contains more caffeine than the other tea varieties. Black tea is also known as Crimson Tea because of the reddish color of its infusion. The crafting of black tea involves the withering of the leaves until the moisture content reaches below 60%, at which point they are rolled to help in the release of organic compounds which add to its distinct flavor. Black tea generally has a bold taste, and it will give you a more even and prolonged energy boost than the edgy rush that coffee drinkers are used to. In addition, black tea is also very healthy for you because of its antioxidant content.
Black teas are usually steeped at near boiling temperatures. The steeping time depends on whether or not you enjoy milk in your black tea. If you wish to add milk, black tea should be steeped for 5 minutes or more. Milk takes away the bitterness of black tea and transforms the flavor of the tea. If you enjoy your black tea without milk, then I would recommend a steep time of no longer than 2:00 to 2:30 minutes. Any longer and the bitterness of the tea will begin to take over.
Having trouble deciding which black tea to get? Here is a list of our top 5 most popular black teas: