INTRODUCTION TO BLACK TEA
This process results in an intense taste and contains more caffeine – about 40 mg per cup – than less oxidized teas. GIFEL seeks out small tea gardens dedicated to quality and sustainable practices in an effort to protect and benefit the land and its people. We select large, well-shaped leaves that are hand-processed and carefully crafted – a task requiring patience and a passion for our exquisite offerings.
DRINK TO YOUR HEALTH
BLACK TEA: A HISTORY LESSON
Long before black tea became the preference of nearly three-quarters of the tea-drinking world, it was prescribed by herbalists as a tonic for boosting energy. This wasn’t a falsehood by any means; the naturally-occurring caffeine in black tea does, indeed, gently perk up those who drink it, and the feeling of calm alertness can last for three to four hours. In the 19th century, blocks of black tea were used as currency by Siberian, Mongolian and Tibetan cultures, in part because when stored properly, it doesn’t lose its flavor for many, many years. Across the 20th and 21st centuries, it’s been the leaf of choice of most iced tea enthusiasts in the warmer seasons thanks to its brisk flavor when served ice-cold.
STEEPING THE PERFECT CUP
For black tea, milk and/or sugar may be added, although the addition of milk lessens the black tea’s antioxidant potential.
Lemon is another popular choice, but it’s critical to refrain from adding both milk and lemon to the same cup, as citrus causes dairy to curdle.
To enjoy GIFEL’s fine selection of black teas for yourself, begin by exploring our collection.