Teas & Mates / Black Tea

Black tea undergoes complete oxidisation of the leaf before drying. This gives greater consistency to the beverage. The spring harvests are clearer and more floral, while those from the summer and autumn are darker and more fruity. The aroma of black teas do not develop fully except in very hot water (98-100°C). In China these are called "hong cha" (red teas) because of the colour they produce when brewed.

An invigorating beverage

Get your day off to a great start!
Black tea is famous for its invigorating properties. There's nothing like a natural boost when you wake up in the morning. Under the right conditions, it can be stored for several years.
It also has a pronounced taste: enjoy the different flavours thanks to our wide range.
Velvety liquor, subtle notes, fruity or peppery cup... You'll always find what you're looking for.

Black tea and its health benefits

Did you know? Black tea is also good for your health. Low in calories, it has nutritional value and antioxidant properties.
Ideal for the body and blood circulation, as well as reducing 'bad' cholesterol.
Rich in vitamins, it helps to balance body and mind.

As a natural stimulant, it improves mental alertness and boosts energy. It's also a great ally for your immune system, and is often recommended when you're on a diet.

What's the difference between black tea and green tea?

In reality, black tea and green tea both come from the same plant.
The difference lies in their rate of oxidation: one undergoes complete oxidation and therefore has more robust flavours, while the other is less processed and has a delicate, grassy taste.

In the footsteps of the past...

China is the cradle of black tea.
It first appeared towards the end of the 16th century with Lapsang Souchong, created in the Wuyi mountains. In the Middle Kingdom, it is known as "red tea" because of its particularly coppery colour when brewed. Apart from China, India (particularly the Assam and Darjeeling regions, as well as the island of Ceylon), Kenya and Vietnam are renowned for their black tea cultivation.

According to the most famous legend, green teas were brought by boat to Great Britain. After the long sea voyage, the leaves oxidised and turned black. What a surprise it was for the English when they opened their cargo! Their palates really appreciated these new flavours, and they went on to recommend them.

Quality black teas at competitive prices

Darjeeling, Ceylon, Yunnan, Assam or Lapsang? La Septième Tasse will surprise you with the diversity of its loose teas! Choose the robustness of Indian black teas or the more subtle notes of Chinese black teas. We also offer a variety of organic teas.

Since 1996, our team has been perpetuating the art of advising and selling tea with passion and expertise.


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