Enjoy the sweeter brews in life with our light black tea collection.

Just dipping your toes into the world of black tea? Then let The Tea Centre introduce you to light black teas, one of the best black tea types to drink! Characterised by their light-coloured appearance when brewed, light black tea like Darjeeling is truly delightful.

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Makaibari Darjeeling Tea

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Goomtee Darjeeling Tea

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The Tea Centre’s light black tea collection

Unlike bold black teas (think Assam and your traditional breakfast blends) or robust mild black teas (Keemun, Lapsang Souchong, and Yunnan), light black teas generally carry flavour profiles that are more subtle and sweet. The most obvious characteristic of light black teas like Darjeeling is the light amber colour of the tea when brewed. Given their flavours are so delicate, it’s best to enjoy light black tea on its own—no milk or sugar!


What are the health benefits of light black teas?

Being one of the most consumed beverages in the world, it should come as no surprise that a number of clinical reviews have been conducted on the health benefits of drinking black tea. For example, one 2017 Sri Lankan study on black tea broke down the composition of the leaves and how these components have positive bioactive impacts on the body. Just some of the good things that black tea contains are: catechins, theaflavins, simple polyphenols/other polyphenols, theanine, amino acids, peptides/proteins, potassium, and caffeine.

Containing less caffeine than your average coffee, this component works well with theanine to bring the sipper some focus and mental stimulation (Kahathuduwa et al., 2016). Catechins boast the double impact of not only blessing tea with a tannic taste (bold biting flavour) but also thought to encourage antioxidant activity. Lastly, "tea polyphenols are also known for their antibacterial activity." (Kodagoda & Wickramasinghe, 2017). However, it should be note that antibacterial activity decreases when the extent of tea fermentation is increased, implying stronger activity in green tea than black tea.


How do you brew a cup of light black tea?

To brew a perfect cup of light black tea you need to do the following.

  • Measure out one teaspoon or two grams of black tea per 200ml using an infuser or filter bag.
  • Pour in water at 95°C or just below the boil.
  • Steep broken leaves for 2-3 minutes. Steep larger leaves and flavoured teas for 3-4 minutes.
  • Ideal on its own. Enjoy!

    Buy light 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 that our light black teas are beautifully fragrant and enticing, but are of a lower intensity compared to other brews in our global black tea range. It’s all part of our plan to provide you with the finest tea possible.

    Making a pot or a cup of light 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 biodegradable pyramid tea bags, including black tea bags, green tea bags, and herbal tea bags.

    Interested in other teas? Look through our selections of black teas, green teas, and herbal teas to find the ones that are right for you.