Most of us are familiar with black tea. It's what many people call 'normal' tea.
Of course, pour a cup of a black tea and you’ll notice that it's not actually black at all, but more of a deep red colour (which is why the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans call such teas 'crimson tea').
This category of tea is very wide and there are lots of different varieties. The one thing they share is that black tea leaves are fully fermented – they’re the most processed and therefore the most intense in flavor.
They tend to have more caffeine than other teas, which is why they're one of the world’s most popular pick-me-ups. They're traditionally grown in China, India and Sri Lanka. Varieties include Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, Keemum, Lapsang, Souchong and Yunnan.
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