What is black tea?
Black tea has been enjoyed for centuries, and it is no surprise that it has still maintained its popularity today thanks to an abundance of delicious blends to choose from. Black tea is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant’s leaves, which are oxidised and dried. The leaves turn from green to brown to develop the characteristic flavour and aroma we all know and love.
Different regions and countries produce black tea in different ways, resulting in an array of flavours and aromas. Black tea sourced from China tends to be lighter and more floral, while tea produced in India is often stronger and more robust. At T2, we pride ourselves on sourcing top-quality tea leaves from all over the world, providing a wide range of black tea options to cater to everyone’s unique taste.
Is there caffeine in black tea?
Yes. All tea that is sourced from the Camellia sinensis plant contains caffeine.
Fully fermented black tea leaves have the highest amount of caffeine, followed by oolong, green and white teas. That’s why certain varieties of black tea are coined “breakfast teas” — what better way to kickstart your morning than with a dose of breakfast tea? Or black tea for an afternoon pick-me-up to give you the energy boost you need to power through the rest of the day?
How do I brew black tea?
T2 teawares provide many ways to blend a comforting mugful of black tea. Whether it’s a scoop of black tea in your handy T2 teamaker, serving your guests with your favourite patterned T2 teapot or T2 mugs or using our trusty diffusers — we have it all in one place!
Warm your tea vessel with a splash of boiling water and discard it before pouring in the boiling water for your tea. Brew your black tea in 100°C water — but note that Darjeeling can be soaked at 90°C for 2 to 4 minutes.
Brewing times for black leaf teas vary too. Chai and breakfast teas are ready after 2 to 4 minutes, while 2-3 minutes is enough for the distinguished French Earl Grey. Another world-famous black tea, pu-erh, will happily sit around for 1 to 5 minutes — be sure to check the brewing guide on each of our black teas so you can blend the perfect brew every time.
Discover a whole new world of black tea with T2
From Darjeeling to Earl Grey, pu-erh and chai to Irish and English Breakfast teas, the options are endless when it comes to black tea. Let’s take a closer look at our incredible selection of black tea that will have you spoilt for choice:
- Breakfast teas
Our New York and Melbourne breakfast teas, which have jet-setted their way into our best-selling list, are known as delightfully full-bodied teas with a dash of natural sweetness. You can’t miss our Morning Sunshine black tea for the ultimate breakfast tea — a luxurious blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Rwandan for malty notes and a welcome dash of fruitness.
Arguably one of the most well-known breakfast teas, our English Breakfast tea has a unique coppery flavour with brisk, bold notes you simply have to try for yourself.
From our smoky bergamot Sydney breakfast tea to our ANZAC biscuit-inspired Canberra Breakfast tea, malty Irish Breakfast tea or the double whammy combo of green and black teas in our Singapore Breakfast teas, you’re sure to find your favourite blend of breakfast tea at T2.
- French Earl Grey
Why settle for regular Earl Grey when you can treat yourself to an oh-so-delightful fruity French twist? This medium-bodied black tea will have pretty petals dancing in your mug and notes of fruit with classic bergamot for that must-have morning caffeine fix.
- Sweet teas
Slowly savour the insatiable taste of our Caramel Brownie tea that will overwhelm your senses. Think chocolate chips, caramel pieces and hearty black tea — we can’t think of a better way to treat yourself than with this brownie in a mug!
Craving something sweet after dinner? The Belly Blend will give you that choccy fix you need in a delightful blend of fermented pu-erh black tea, cacao, chicory and marshmallow root. Jaffalicious embodies the classic flavour combo of dark chocolate and orange for the perfect citrus and sweet blend.
Get your daily dose of lush maple sweetness and warm ginger with a cup full of our Gingernut Chai — perfect on a rainy day in. Our signature feel-good Chai blend combines sweet and spicy flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and a strong clove finish, sure to pack a punch.
If creme brulee is your go-to dessert, why not indulge in our decadent Creme Brulee tea? Think velvety vanilla with rich caramel and smooth hazelnuts dancing on your tongue.
Find your next favourite mug of tea from our exclusive collection of black tea at T2
Whether you can’t say no to a daily dose of French Earl Grey, have a go-to breakfast tea or are looking for a sweet treat from our collection, T2’s range of black teas certainly will not disappoint. Every sip will take you on a journey across the world. We’re actively involved every step of the way to develop our blends from scratch and settle for nothing less than the best for our customers. Browse our entire tea collection today and get your hands on your next favourite cuppa.
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