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Video:Overview of Black Tea

with Elisa Pupko

black tea has a strong, robust flavor, that not only tastes good, but possesses soothing properties. In this About.com video learn how black tea is made, and its various flavors.See Transcript

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Transcript:Overview of Black Tea

Hi, I'm Elisa Pupko for About.com here to tell you everything you need to know about black tea, including where it comes from, what it tastes like, and how it's made, and different types of black tea.

How to Drink Black Tea

Black tea is the most robust of tea varieties and can be brewed in boiling water. It usually steeps for about 4-6 minutes.

How Black Tea is Made

Black teas are harvested, dried, and oxidized to give them their distinct flavors. Black teas are more oxidized than oolong, green, and white teas, and that's what gives it its bold flavor.

Fine Varieties of Black Tea

Some of the fine varieties of black teas include Darjeeling, which has a delicate flavor, but is still full bodied, lapsang, souchong, which has a strong smoky flavor, and oolong tea, which has a rich and slight peppery taste.

Common Varieties of Black Tea

Some of the comon varieties you'll find in America are English breakfast tea, which has a strong rich taste and satisfying aroma, Earl Grey, which is nicely balanced tea and has a slight citrus, fruit flavor, and Irish breakfast, which is full bodied tea with a robust taste and hearty aroma.

How Black Tea is Processed

Black teas are processed in two ways. CTC, short for crush, tear, curl, or orthodox.

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