Types of Black Tea to Try...

Some like it HOT, some like it COLD! The nice thing about Black Tea is it can be served either way. Here are some examples and suggestions for serving this remarkable, versatile type of tea.

As I mentioned earlier, this is the type of tea that most people are familiar with. Most are named after the region or area that they are grown in, such as:

  • Assam Tea
  • Darjeeling Tea
  • Ceylon Tea

  • But, even within the Black Tea category, are sub-categories like:

    • Flavored Teas: such as Apricot Ceylon, one of my favorites. This is a black tea with apricot flavoring and/or fruit skins added.

      I personally like the Apricot Ceylon at Adagio Teas. It is by far the best! Another thing I like about Adagio’s teas are their price and packaging. You can try a small sampler for $2 (and it comes in an adorable tin, that will keep your loose tea leafs fresh longer) or a larger 4oz tin for $6.

    • Ice Tea/Sun Tea (of course all of us southerners pretty much think that's the ONLY type of Tea, and everything else is foreign! If the south was to ever succeed from the Union, I'm sure Texas would claim Ice Tea as the national drink (okay, maybe after beer), but it would surely be in the top 10! ;-)

      If you want a nice flavored ice tea, to serve to a group of friends on a warm summer's evening…You can't go wrong with the following recipe for Raspberry Ice Tea:

        Try filling a glass with crushed ice, then dropping in a few fresh raspberries, and pouring chilled Raspberry Tea on top. Finish off with a sprig or two of mint leafs. Very refreshing! And your friends will be impressed!

    • Blended or Trade Teas such as English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast (a slightly stronger, robust blend than English Breakfast) or Earl Grey.

      Another favorite of mine is English Breakfast. Yes, I’m a traditional type of tea drinker...and I like mine with half-n-half (half cream and half milk) and sugar! My personal favorite: Adagio’s English Breakfast tea. It’s excellent quality, with nice full loose leafs.

      There is nothing finer than drinking a cup of English Breakfast tea, while sitting out on my front porch on a beautiful spring morning, reading the paper or Tea Time magazine!

      Pure Nirvana!

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