Chinese Black Tea
Brew with fresh boiling water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes
China Black Tea is for many the very definition of “Tea”. China is where it all began, and even today, China still accounts for 22.8% of total Tea exports. But that has nothing to do with why this Tea is so special. Our China Black Tea is special because it is a traditionally strong-tasting Tea, one that comes from the Anhui province, home to some of the best Teas in the world.
It consists of large Black Tea leaves, and when brewed, boasts a lovely amber liquor as well as bold malty notes. Perhaps most interestingly, recent scientific studies have suggested that the frequent consumption of Black Tea, including China Black Tea, can offer small yet significant health benefits.
When consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, in fact, China Black Tea improves cardiovascular health, boosts the metabolism (thus improving weight management), enhances cognitive function and reduces the risks of developing type-2 diabetes. China Black Tea is nothing less than astonishing from the moment it is picked from the plant to the moment it blesses your morning cup. And possibly beyond!
But the question still begs: why choose Teas from the Anhui province, in particular? The Anhui province, located in eastern China, has diverse geography. Its landscape boasts both flat and mountainous regions, and ultimately, has perfect terroir for Tea-growing. Bordering Jiangsu to the northeast, Zhejiang to the southeast, Jiangxi to the south and Hubei to the southwest, the Anhui province is famous for two main Teas: Keemun Tea and Huang Shen Mao Feng Tea.
The latter, in particular, is grown in the Huangshan Mountain range, which in 1990, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Keemun Tea, meanwhile, is made exclusively in the Qimen county, a mountainous region covered in forest and prone to low temperatures, high humidity and frequent fog. These conditions help in creating the distinct taste of Keemun Tea.
When it comes to our Anhui-grown China Black Tea, it is clear that geography and climatic conditions play a vital role in the establishment of its unique profile, just like Huang Shen Mao Feng Tea, just like Keemun Tea. Today, this China Black Tea is one of our best-selling Teas. Better still, each one of our Teas (and Coffees!) are packed fresh to order, meaning you are getting nothing but quality every time you buy China Black Tea. Share it with your friends; share it with your family; or brew it up and enjoy it all to yourself! The possibilities are nearly endless with China Black Tea. Is it time you tried it?
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Black Tea.
Origin: The Anhui province, China.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Milk, sugar, honey or lemon - the choice is yours. Alternatively, serve black.
Tasting Notes: China Black Tea boasts a striking flavour with slightly smoky undertones and an earthy aftertaste.
Colour in Cup: Coppery liquor with orangey highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Green Tea is now world-famous for its health benefits, mostly because it contains a special antioxidant called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). But what about Black Tea? There are two main antioxidants in Black Tea that contribute to its health potential: theaflavin and thearubigin.
Like Green Tea’s EGCG, these two antioxidants combined can combat free radicals in the body, thus slowing down the process of natural (though harmful) human oxidation. Ultimately, this can lead to the reduced risks of developing certain chronic conditions, particularly cardiovascular disease, although some preliminary studies have suggested that the frequent consumption of Black Tea can also afford protection against certain types of Cancer.
Until more is known, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company do not endorse the consumption of China Black Tea, or any Tea, for the reduced risks of developing cancer. We do, however, support ongoing research, all of which, so far, looks very promising!
Health PointsHydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon, Evening