What exactly is black tea?

black tea on a windowsill against a snowy scene

There's something special about black tea. It's strong, yet smooth; rich, yet refreshing. Whether you enjoy it with a splash of milk or a squeeze of lemon, black tea is a versatile beverage that can be enjoyed in many different ways. But what exactly is black tea?

Black tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is also used to make green and white teas. The leaves are withered, rolled, and oxidized, which gives black tea its signature dark color and robust flavor.

Black tea is typically classified into four categories: first flush, second flush, autumnal, and winter. First flush black teas are harvested in spring and have a lighter, more delicate flavor. Second flush black teas are harvested in summer and have a fuller-bodied flavor. Autumnal black teas are harvested in late summer or early fall and have a slightly sweeter flavor. Winter black teas are harvested in late fall or early winter and have a more robust flavor.

No matter what time of year it is, black tea is a delicious and refreshing beverage that is perfect for any occasion. Teavern's new tea, Amazonian Assam, is a great starter black tea to introduce you to the rich flavor and smooth drinking experience offered by black teas.

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