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Top 5 Black Teas You Should Try

Posted on July 31 2022

A Ceramic Cup Filled with Black Tea and a Lemon Slice
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There is nothing like a relaxing cup of tea before bedtime or an energizing cup in the morning to end or start your day the right way. Tea is the ultimate go-to drink for millions around the globe. With the wide range of brands and flavours, there is something for everyone. Best of all, it is not just a refreshing drink but also offers a range of health benefits.



Black tea has been used for centuries due to its health benefits and is still widely consumed today. The leaves of the black tea are plucked, rolled, and oxidized carefully to create their deep black colour. It also contains a higher amount of caffeine than the other teas, which is why it has a stronger flavour.



Black tea is well known for its multiple health benefits. It is loaded with theaflavins and antioxidants that protect heart health. This tea has also been found to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and can play a major role in enhancing blood circulation, reducing blood pressure, and preventing cardiovascular disease.



Here are five amazing black teas blends to try:



1.    Earl Grey
Earl Grey tea is among the most popular teas because of its renowned flavour and caffeine kick. This British tea usually have black tea as a base flavour combined with the bergamot orange rind oil. This oil is what gives this tea its unique flavour. 


It also has countless health benefits. It is known to lower bad cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels. The flavonoids in Earl grey tea has also been found to aid digestion


Archer and Hobb recommends TWG's English Earl Grey Loose Leaf for a traditional Earl Grey or French Earl Grey Loose Leaf for an Earl Grey with a citrusy-twist.


2.    Russian Caravan
Russian Caravan is a combination of lapsang souchong, Keemun, and oolong with a smoky, malty, sweet, and aromatic taste. It has a rich history with its complex and subtle flavours, which is a tradition in Russian society.


This fine tea is also loaded with multiple health benefits. The flavonoids in the Russian Caravan can decrease the risk of heart diseases by reducing LDL cholesterol oxidation and lowering the damage to the bloodstream and artery walls. It is also known to relieve digestive issues by preventing bacteria build-up.


3.    Darjeeling
Darjeeling tea, also known as the champagne of teas, is a tea grown in India but its leaves are Chinese! It has a musky-sweet flavour that tastes like muscat wine. However, Darjeeling tea also has delicate citrus, fruity, mossy, and vegetal flavours.



This tea contains polyphenols that helps in stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system, which also aids in weight loss. Moreover, phytonutrient-rich or flavonoids plant pigments in the plant is found to reduce the cholesterol level, contributing to improved heart health.



Our team suggest trying Harney and Sons’ Darjeeling Classic, which is the perfect blend of autumnal and first flush teas. We also recommend TWG’s Darjeeling Princess Tea, which is a blend if first flush teas and ripe orchard fruits.



4.    English Breakfast
A cup of English breakfast tea can be highly rejuvenating and soothing. It offers a unique flavour that is close to roasted coffee notes. This black tea offers rich undertones with hints of mildly sweet, bitter, and malty tones.



It is known to reduce cortisol levels, the main stress hormone. English breakfast tea is also found to decrease the cholesterol levels in the body, decreasing the atherosclerosis risk while increasing the good cholesterol level due to its antioxidant properties.



Archer and Hobb recommends Tea Repertoire’s English Breakfast tea bags created with Assam and Ceylon tea leaves and Harney and Sons’ Premium Breakfast Loose Leaf tea.
 A Cup Filled with Loose Tea Leaves
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5.    Masala Chai
The term chai is typically linked to a kind of spicy, fragrant Indian tea that has become popular in the western world. The chai base is black tea with masala spices blend and hints of butternut and vanilla extracts. It creates a creamy beverage with slight sweetness.



Masala chai also offers loads of health benefits. It has been found to improve heart health by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol. There has also been some evidence that masala chai can decrease blood sugar levels due to its cinnamon and ginger content.



Our team suggests Tea Repertoire’s Masala Chai tea bags to enjoy the flavours and benefits of cinnamon, ginger, and clove with Assam black tea leaves. If you like more spices, we recommend Steven Smith Teamaker’s Masala Chai for its unique blend of cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cassia, and ginger root.



Which Blend is the Best?



The best black tea blend isn’t just the one with the highest quality leaves and ingredients; it’s the one that you prefer. Whichever is your favourite, daily consumption of tea can have a positive impact on your health.



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