|Black tea is the most widely drunk of the six main types of tea and nearly every
tea producing country makes it, although many only produce CTC black teas
(cut-tear-curl) for tea bags and blends. In fact I’m guessing if you’re anything
like me, your main memory of tea from childhood was a box of Lipton black tea
bags residing on the pantry shelf.
|It used to be the only choice
we had to make was whether to buy a box
of 20 or 100 black tea bags. Today, though,
we have many more choices and styles of
black tea than ever before to choose from,
and while we may enjoy the variety it can
also be confusing and hard to understand
what exactly that variety encompass- es.What exactly should we be looking for when
buying loose leaf black tea? How do we
|used for one cup or a teapot, and how long should it be steeped?
These are all really good questions which I’ll help you to answer. There are
Loose leaf orthodox black teas are artisan made, usually in smaller batches
Because there are no set labeling standards
Using India as an example, some items you
Country: India Year harvested: 2011
Because it is a spring plucked tea from Darjeeling you can further
So, this label is actually giving you a lot of good information, especi-
From the label you know it’s a spring 2011 made w/the
So, now let’s move on to some tips on how to properly brew
For brewing, the standard measure is 2 teaspoons of leafy or whole
|For brewing, the standard measure is 2 teaspoons of leafy or whole leaf styles or 1 teaspoon of broken orange
pekoe, orange pekoe, (BOP/OP), or CTC teas per 6 ounces of water. So for an 8 oz. mug you would use 2 2/3 tsp.
leafy or whole leaf teas OR 1 1/3 tsp. BOP, OP, or CTC grades. For a 24 oz. travel mug you’ll be brewing three times
as much, so you would use 2 2/3 TBLSP. leafy black tea or 1 1/3 TBLSP BOP/OP/CTC teas (1 tablespoon = 3
teaspoons). To brew a pot of black tea multiply the 8 oz. cup amounts times the number of servings, i.e., For 32 oz.
or four 8 oz. servings you would need 4 TBLSP leafy or whole leaf OR 2 TBLSP CTC/BOP/OP tea.The water temperature should be between 190-212F. For small leaf, BOP, OP, or
CTC tea grades you should steep for 3 to 4 minutes and for orthodox leafy or whole
leaf styles steep 4 to 5 min..
Normally black teas have only one infusion but sometimes you can get a second
Always remember these are suggestions and your individual tastes may be different.