Taste the tradition in our range of Chinese black tea.
The Tea Centre’s range of high-quality Chinese black tea is steeped in history as well as flavour. Historical records hint that Chinese black tea was first innovated in the seventeenth century. The first black tea ever created was lapsang souchong in Fujian province.
Since then, China has continued to produce some of the finest loose leaf black teas in the world, including keemun and pu-erh. Explore our range of irresistible Chinese black tea below.
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The history of Chinese black tea
Here at The Tea Centre, we have a gorgeous range of delicious Chinese black tea for you to enjoy.
Did you know that the first black tea ever created was invented in China back during the seventeenth century? Referred to as “red tea” in China, the hue of black tea ranges from warm copper tones to light amber, and has somewhat mythical beginnings. Semi-historical records tell us that only green teas and oolong teas were enjoyed in China until the 1600s when an army lay siege near a tea factory in the Fujian province, incidentally holding up its production of green tea.
Left to wither for longer in the sun, what was meant to be green tea further oxidised and became the black tea we know and love today! The first black tea ever invented was lapsang souchong, which was innovated when the same tea factory attempted to dry the black tea leaves further by placing them over open pinewood fires—giving lapsang souchong its distinctive smoky flavour.
The different types of Chinese black tea
Lapsang souchong: the first black tea ever invented. Has a distinctive smoky flavour and fragrance and (fun fact!) was Winston Churchill’s favourite tea.
Keemun: one of China’s most famous black tea. The apple to every tea lover’s eye, keemun is a medium-body tea that’s red in appearance and carries deep plum tasting notes.
Pu-erh: a fermented black tea from the Chinese province of Yunnan, characterised by its red liquor and full-bodied, earthy flavour.
Russian caravan: a Chinese blended tea comprised of oolong, keemun, and occasionally lapsang souchoung. A very smoky tea that’s named after the historical route on the backs of camels that this tea used to take to get from China (through the Mongolian Steppes) to Russia in the eighteenth century.
What are the health benefits of Chinese black tea?
There are many benefits to drinking Chinese black tea beyond enjoying its unique taste. The substantial amount of theaflavins in Chinese black tea have been known to improve blood flow and reduce bad cholesterol in the body. All of which contributes to improving heart health! Studies further support the idea that Chinese black tea aids the body in metabolising sugar more efficiently. This may contribute to weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and consistent exercise.
Lastly, black teas, in general, are known to contain healthy doses of caffeine. Randomised studies on this have shown that black teas are a great alternative to coffee, as it contains less caffeine while still providing the same levels of alertness and energy for the drinker. So it is well worth adding Chinese black tea to your kitchen cabinet at home.
Consider pouring a cup of Chinese black tea the next time you want to relax and unwind during some well deserved “me” time. Enjoy the soothing aromas and elegant flavours of freshly brewed Chinese Black tea even during summer by whipping up a batch of iced tea.
Buy Chinese black tea online or in-store at The Tea Centre tea shops
Here at The Tea Centre, we pride ourselves on the elite quality of our tea and work hard to make them luxurious and thoroughly enjoyable. You will notice how our Chinese Black teas are beautifully fragrant and enticing, with elements of sweetness, smokiness and bitterness in different teas across our range. All part of our plan in making you the finest tea possible.
Making a pot or a cup of Chinese black tea with loose leaves is not as hard as it sounds, with easy-to-use infusers and strainers available. However, if you are looking for a quicker alternative, we do also offer a range of teas in silk pyramid tea bags, including black tea bags, green tea bags and herbal tea bags.