Tea Knowledge


Black Tea

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      Where is the birthplace of black tea? The answer is China. It is history in China can be traced back to the late Ming Dynasty, when the first black tea was produced in the area around Wuyi Mountain in Fujian province. How did the black tea go to western countries? Black tea in Europe dated back to the 17th century when European explorers first reached China. In 1610, Dutch merchants first brought back Chinese black tea from China, and then sold it all over Europe. The British are renowned worldwide for the passion about tea. When Princess Catherine from Portugal married to King Charles, she brought some package of Chinese black tea as a dowry. That introduced black tea to the British palace, and since that time it has been an indispensable part of the life of British royalty. In England, black tea was sold at very high prices that only aristocracy could afford. From then on, it was became a drink which represented the well to do, and so became popular as a drink to mark people’s wealth and position in society.

      There are hundreds of different of black teas, all with different flavors, origins, and benefits. Traditional black tea varieties are often classified by their region of origin. Some of the most famous black tea distributes from central Asia include Darjeeling (Central Asia), Ceylon (India), and Keemun (China). In China, expect most famous tea such as Lapsang souchong (Fujian), Minhong (Fujian), Dian Hong (Yunnan), Yingdehong (Guangdong), black tea is often blended and mixed with various other plants in order to obtain a beverage such as blend tea and flavored tea. Absolutely, there is one type of flavored tea that put some fruits, flowers and vanilla into black tea like Earl Grey Tea with bergamot.

      Generally, unblended black teas are named after the region where they are produced. Often, different regions are known for producing teas with characteristic flavors such as Tanyang Kung Fu tea (Fujian), Zhenghe Kung Fu tea (Fujian), Bailin Kung Fu tea (Fujian), and Keemun (Anhui) and so on.

      There are three major healthy benefits in drinking black tea: very low sodium, fat and calories in tea, bountiful antioxidants in tea, and reducing cardiovascular problems. As tea drinking becomes a more common practice in America, more and more people are either making the switch from coffee to caffeine-rich black tea or picking up black tea.