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Tea Benefits of Black Tea:
• Energy-boosting teas that are great for mornings or afternoons
• May help promote heart health
• As part of a diet program, may help maintain healthy cardiovascular and circulatory systems
• Contains 20% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee

Black tea is the most familiar tea type to North Americans and Europeans. The popular Earl Grey, English Breakfast and Orange Pekoe are all black teas. Other teas less familiar to the Western world also abound, including smoky and seductive Lapsang Souchong, one of our most distinctive teas.

Black tea is the most intensively processed type of tea. The leaves are allowed to fully oxidize, creating their black color before they are dried, giving black tea more complexity, more astringency and fewer vegetal overtones than are typically found in other teas. Astringency is the "dry mouth" sensation left by tannins in tea, familiar to drinkers of a cabernet sauvignon, or other wine. It is this astringency that pairs so nicely with dairy and sweetener. Achieving the right balance of astringency is one of the leading indicators of quality in a black tea.

While the name refers to the color of the leaves, the liquor produced from brewing is generally reddish-orange-brown in color. Good black tea can usually be steeped hotter, longer and stronger than other tea types, which is one reason that black tea contains the most caffeine per cup.

Making loose leaf black teas tea usually requires hot water at 195º, 1.5 tsp of loose tea per 8 oz of water and steep time of 3-4 minutes.  Each of Teavana’s loose leaf black teas will come with specific preparation instructions, including the amount of tea to use per 8 oz. of water, at what temperature the water should be, and how long the tea must steep before it is ready.  Please refer to the individual tea package for the exact instructions on how to make the best cup of premium black tea.