The tea leaves are left to fully oxidize before they are heat-processed and dried. It's this process that allowed it to remain fresh when exported around the world hundreds of years ago. However, the processing also produces a dark velvet-brown tea leaf which exudes a smoky yet malty flavor that keeps tea lovers coming back for more.
Brewing the perfect cup of back tea is super easy just follow the simple instructions below for an excellent brew.
Follow this step-by-step recipe
Preheating the teapot is essential for developing the perfect flavor, because doing so keeps the water temperature higher throughout the brewing process, which results in an even extraction.
Black teas have rich character and boiling water burns the tea and impairs the taste. The best temperature to brew black tea is around 85°C.
With black tea, one teaspoon will almost always be enough for one teacup (150ml) of water per person. If you are making black iced tea however, use more leaves than for a regular cup of hot tea. Otherwise, flavor will get lost easily.
Broken leaves will release caffeine more easily, this is why most breakfast and awakening blends use small broken leaf's.
Black tea is a little punchy and doesn't require a super long time to steep. 45 seconds to a minute is ideal - if you want the strong tannins that blend so well with milk, try 2 - 3 minutes.
One thing to keep in mind is that black tea tannins causes stains. Clean your teaware immediately, with soap and water, ideally by hand.
If you don't want to have one teapot for every type of tea you brew, choose a glazed one. Unglazed teapots collect flavor from previous loose leaf teas you've used, especially strong black teas and flavored teas.
Adding milk or sugar while the tea is stepping can completely ruin the cup. It's best to add milk or sugar after it's been strained.
Studies have shown that loose leaf black tea has a higher antioxidant activity than most other teas. It contains higher calcium, iron, magnesium and cooper. Enjoy the benefits of black tea.