Posted by: tasteindulgence | January 25, 2010

What Is It About Black Tea?

If you are a tea drinker in any capacity, chances are you’ve had black tea at one time or another. It is the base for all of your Orange Pekoe and Earl Grey teas that are so readily available and consumed in North America and various places in Europe. In fact, black tea accounts for more than 90% of tea sales in the Western world.

The funny thing about black tea is that when it is brewed, it doesn’t appear black at all. It has a reddish orange color. Many believe that the term ‘black’ refers to the color of the tea leaves after they have been oxidized.

Black tea is the most heavily processed of the major tea varieties, going through full fermentation and oxidation before it is ready. This results in a stronger flavor, and higher caffeine content than the others.

Just as with most teas, there are health benefits to drinking black tea. While it has lower antioxidant levels than other teas due to increased processing, it still comes from the same plant.

And as such, enjoys many of the same properties. Black tea has been shown to be a quality immune booster, and has been linked to lower incidences of many common diseases. It is also said to help with inflammation in the body, which is increasingly being linked to scores of health ailments.

I’m guessing that most of you who have enjoyed black tea have done so with a teabag purchased from your local grocery store. Here at Taste Indulgence, we have a wide array of loose leaf and tea bag black teas for you to choose from.

We have your standard Earl Grey and

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