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CHINESE BLACK TEAS

DIAN HONG
Dian hong teas produce a golden orange colour with a sweet, spicy and smooth aroma with pleasing floral overtones and a tinge of citrus.

FU TEA
Fu Tea is made of Small Chinese Tea leafs from the Hunan Province in China.
Fu tea contains antioxidants which help the body to fight harmful free radicals. This tea is said to help digestion, as well the compounds in Fu Tea are believed to adjust sugar metabolism (prevent and cure diabetes), reduce blood fat and high blood pressure, resist thrombasis and improve immunity of human body.
In northern China and Tibet, Fu tea has been a dietary staple for centuries. Here are the ingredients for Tibetan Po Cha:
Po Cha (Tibetan Butter Tea)/ A typical Tibetan drink

Fu Tea 5 grams
Water: 5-6 cups
Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
Butter 2 tbsp
Milk: 1/2 (originally with Yak milk)
(serves 4)

Of course Fu tea can be made using the traditional methed by steeping in water. It has a unique taste between a green and black type of tea.

GOLDEN MONKEY
From the Fujian province of China. It has a unique appearance: the leaves resemble monkey claws. This is a full-bodied tea with an abundance of flavour.

GOLDEN NEEDLE
Also from the Fujian province of China. It's one of the finest Chinese black teas available today. Golden Needle tea has golden tips atop long and slender leaves, with a full-bodied teas with an abundance of flavour.

KEEMUN
This is a a winey and fruity taste, designated as a China Famous Tea. The aroma of Keemun is fruity, with hints of pine and floweriness which creates the very distinctive and balanced taste. Keemun contains less caffeine than Assam tea.

LAPSANG SOUCHONG
Lapsang souchong is a black tea that is dried over burning pine, producing a strong smoky flavour. This tea is an acquired taste as it tastes quite smokey.

PU ERH TEA (known as ‘bolay tea’ in Cantonese)
Pu Erh Tea leaves are compressed into bricks and aged until they have a musty, bookish fragrance.This is a black tea from the Yunnan region of China. It has a an earthy aroma and taste. The earthy taste is not subtle, chances are, you'll either love it or hate it.
This tea is prized as a tonic and an aid to digestion, and vintage pu erh is sold for astonishing prices in China.

TIANJIAN BLACK TEA
Tianjian Tea has a light taste for a black tea and is slightly smokey. It is said to help metabolize fats and calm digestion, similiar to Pu-erh tea.

YING DE HONG
This tea should have a cocoa-like aroma and like most Chinese black teas a sweet aftertaste. It's produced mechanically and is often of a very poor quality.

YUNNAN JIG
From the Yunnan region of China. This tea has luscious soft leaves, and a unique peppery taste. It's a very forgiving tea, it will not taste bitter when over-steeped.

INDIAN BLACK TEAS

ASSAM
This tea is full bodied, strong and distinctively malty. It has a strong, bright colour and has a touch of fruitiness.

DARJEELING
When brewed it has a thin-bodied, light-coloured liquor with a floral aroma. The flavor has tinge of astringent tannic characteristics, and a musky spiciness known as 'muscatel'. A sweet cooling aftertaste should be felt in your mouth.

NILGIRI
Nilgiri tea is a dark intensely aromatic, fragrant, flavourful tea grown in Southern India. It has a lively fresh taste and lemony aroma. It is a smooth and very "user-friendly" tea.


OTHER BLACK TEAS

CEYLON (Sri Lanka)
Ceylon Black Tea has a powerful, light, citrusy crisp taste.

CEYLON TEA KENYAN (Africa)
Kenyan teas are famous for their brightness, attractive colur, brisk flavour, textures and delicate and fragrant aroma.

VIETNAMESE
Good quality Vietnamese black teas may be tippy and have similar characteristics to both Keemun and Yunnan teas, with less smokiness and more sweetness.

NEPALESE
It's a fruity tasting tea, sharing many similarities with Darjeeling from India.

RIZE TEA (Black Sea coast of Turkey)
The most popular tea in Turkey. It's a red, strongly aromatic tea, which is dark red-brown in the cup, and has a slightly sweet taste with intoxicating effects. It is something like a cordial, without the alcohol and is often served in the evenings after meals, served with sugar.

THAI TEA (Thailand)
Thai tea is a drink made from strongly-brewed powdered black tea. Dark Thai iced tea is served chilled with no milk content, sweetened with sugar only.Anather variation is Lime Thai tea flavoured with lime as well as sweetened with sugar, mint may also be added.

GEORGIAN TEA (Caucasus in Georgia)
Georgia is an ideal tea producing country; with a subtropical climate with high humidity, heavy percipitation, and mountains. The quality of tea from Georgia is usually lower than places like China and Japan, but is produced mostly for local consumption.

KRASNODAR TEA (Russia)
This black tea from the Russian Caucasus remains an undiscovered jewel, the result of a rich brew of history, culture and flavour.
Krasnodar tea is from the Krasnodar region of Russia. (Krasnodar "Beautiful Gift" in Russian).
The Caucasus and the Black Sea are an extremely fertile region of agricultural land. The Krasnodar area, besides being Russia's "Black Earth" soil belt, also boasts a favourable climate which produces over 100 different crops. One of the most famous being Krasnodar tea, grown in limited quantities in the most northerly tea producing area of the world.
Krasnodar tea has a mild and has a wonderful taste, different from other black teas.
The world famous Krasnodar tea is usually sold in in very ornamentally decorated metal boxes that make a great gift to any tea lover.
To brew this Krasnodar tea use 1 heaping teaspoon of dry tea per 6 ounce cup of water brought to a full boil. Then let it steep for 5 to 6 minutes.

JAVA TEA (Indonesia)
Java tea has got a nutty aroma, very different from both Chinese and Indian teas.

SUMATRA TEA (Indonesia)
A tea similar to java Tea.


BLENDS OF BLACK TEA

EARL GREY
Black tea with bergamot oil.

ENGLISH BREAKFAST
Is a full-bodied, robust, and/or rich, and blended tea That goes well with milk and sugar.

IRISH BREAKFAST
Irish Breakfast Tea is a blend of several black teas: most often Assam teas and, less often, other types of black tea.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK TEA

BLACK TEA AND YOUR HEART

A Boston University study concluded that short and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This finding may partly explain the association between tea intake and decreased cardiovascular disease events.
On the negative side a German study found that the addition of milk to tea cancels out the vascular protective effects of tea.
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BLACK TEA AND STRESS

A study has shown that Black Tea can help your body respond and recover from stress.
When a group of tea drinkers were studied, they responded to stress normally as everyone else. The difference was their bodies calmed down much faster than the comparison group of fake tea drinkers.
This is attributed to the healthful compounds such as polyphenols, flavonoids and amino acids found in tea.


Watch these two videos of how to brew great Taiwan Tea.

HOW TO BREW GREAT TAIWAN TEA- PART 1


HOW TO BREW GREAT TAIWAN TEA- PART 2



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