Black tea has a full-bodied, robust flavor profile, sometimes with notes of oak, leather, chocolate or spice. It has a distinct, deep red color and flavor that can be intimidating to new tea drinkers, but, once accustomed, many people love black tea for its richness and classic appeal.

Those who prefer a milder flavor can add a splash of honey or cream for a slightly sweeter, more accessible taste.

For regular coffee drinkers, black tea is a great alternative. It’s the most caffeinated variety of tea and can help curb even the most java-diehard’s coffee cravings.

Interestingly, black tea isn’t as popular in China or Japan as it is in the West and in India. “Proper tea,” as recognized by tea lovers in England, Ireland and Scotland is strong black tea with milk and sugar.

Popular black tea varieties include Earl Grey (a black tea blended with bergamot oil), Masala Chai (black tea blended with aromatic Indian spices), English Breakfast and Darjeeling tea. The latter is often described as the “champagne of tea,” with a delicate, fruity and floral taste that we often suggest to new tea drinkers.

More research is needed on the full health benefits of black tea, but initial studies indicate that drinking black tea may lower an individual’s risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and Parkinson’s disease.

To view a full selection of Spicely Organics black teas, visit here.

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