A blend of choice for fans of smokey tasting teas. The correct amount of Lapsang Souchong gives this blend its smokey character. Fine China & Keemun teas round out its edges adding fruity undertones. When Russian teas fell from popularity about 7 years ago and our supply dried up we decided to strike out on our own and create our own blends based on our knowledge of the Russian blends. This Russian Tsars blend has taken off very well and is often sold by the kilo. It seems too many tea shops give up on the slower selling blends and discontinue them. We thank them for that because our Russian blends have taken off.
For most Black teas about a teaspoon per 8 oz. cup should be used. Unlike Green teas, which turn bitter when brewed at higher temperatures, black tea should be steeped in freshly boiled water. If you prefer a stronger cup of Black tea, use more tea in your infusion and steep for the suggested amount of time. The more delicate black teas, like Darjeeling, should be steeped for around 3 to 4 minutes. Broken leaf teas, which have more surface area, need less brewing time than whole leaves. Whole leaf Black teas, and Black teas typically served with milk or lemon should be steeped 4 to 5 minutes.
Black tea is a variety of tea that is more oxidized oolong, green, and white teas. Black tea is the flavour and contains the most caffeine because it longer. Both varieties of the Camellia species are Black tea: Camellia sinensis sinensis (also used white teas) and the Assamese plant, Camellia assamica, which has only been used for black tea in recent years has been used for Green.
In Chinese languages, Black tea is known literally tea", a closer description to the colour of the tea name Black tea could otherwise refer to the leaves after processing.
Processing of Black tea
than the strongest in is oxidized used to make for green and sinensis in the past, but as "crimson produced. The colour of the First the tea plants are picked either by hand or machine; then the tea is rolled and oxidized under controlled temperature and humidity. The tea is dried and sorted by grade (whole leaf, broken leaf, fannings and dust).
Chinese Black teas
Chinese teas are named according to the region of their growth.
Black teas without sweeteners or additives contain minimal quantities of calories, protein, sodium, and fat. Some flavoured tea with herbs and extra flavouring added may have less than 1 gram of carbohydrates. All teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant are rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant.
DT teaspoon (2.5 grams) or tea bag per 8oz. cup
Fresh Water Boiling Hot
Steeping Time 3 - 5 Minutes