The most mature of the teas, black tea undergoes the longest oxidation process, which gives it its distinctive wooded, earthy taste.
Because of its lengthy fermentation process, it also has the highest caffeine content.
The tea originates in Africa, India and Sri Lanka but, today, is the most popular tea in the West and is the foundation upon which the popular varieties of English tea are based.
Studies declare black tea a potential heart tonic, cancer blocker, fat buster, immune stimulant, arthritis soother, virus fighter and cholesterol detoxifier.
Serving suggestion: The bold, earthy flavour of black tea pairs well with black berries, especially when partnered with a sliver of baked cheesecake.