Black tea is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. All four types are made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Black tea is generally stronger in flavour and contains more caffeine than the other less oxidized teas. Black tea is also know to retain flavour for prolonged amounts of time, compared to green tea which usually only holds in the cupboard for a year. Since the use of Black tea, it has grown to become the most popular tea throughout western. There are many varieties of Black tea, and they are usually named after the region in which they were produced. Each variety is slightly different, as according to the environment and circumstances surrounding it when it is grown. The most popular and diverse varieties of Black tea are; Chinese Black tea, Indian and Sri Lankan black teas which are more bodied, strong and distinctively malty in flavour and in this category there is Assam, Ceylon and Darjeeling tea, which can be found in the tea range in the Tea Blossoms catalogue. Other black teas and blends can also be found, such as earl grey tea, which is a big favourite amongst households everywhere. The process of Black tea is a very intricate one, after harvest the leaves are first withered by air being blown on then. The second step can be done in one of two ways, one taking preference for lower quality tea which is used in tea bags using lower quality leaves. The better quality leaves are processed by hand which ensures the highest possible quality of the product. The leaves are then oxidized under controlled temperature and humidity, the final step is to sort and distribute them. Black tea is very beneficial to the health. It is rich in antioxidants called flavanoids which help protect against many health related issues. Black tea has detoxifying effects which protect cells from free radicals, which are known to cause cancer and blood clot formation, by drinking two or more cups a day, chances of heart disease and stroke are minimised greatly. It also lowers cholesterol. Another breakthrough for Black tea, which has many screaming with excitement, is its special ability to help with boosting the metabolism leading to more successful weight loss. It also helps to minimise the growth of tumours, fights bad breath, improve skin giving you are more youthful and fresh glow, it helps protect against Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes, and even help in the recovery of a heart attack. With so many options with Black tea, it can be overwhelming choosing a tea to be suitable for us, because just choosing any tea is not fulfilling, choosing a tea is a very fragile and personal experience, which tells you allot about yourself and you learn allot from the tea choices that family and friends make. Choosing a tea should come from both the body and soul. At Tea Blossoms we offer just that, we understand the importance a perfectly formulated tea brings and we ensure we offer only the best to our customers. Our wide variety of Black tea is sure to satisfy even the most critical of tea critics. For a traditional taste with a slightly scented flavour why not give English breakfast a go? For a more aromatic experience try the Special Earl Grey. If you’re into experimentation and are not afraid the unknown then Yunnan Golden Tips is the one for you. Whatever your style or preference we are most certain we can fulfil your desires and bring you only the best tea drinking experience.