Pinkies up! We’ve got everything you need to enjoy a delightful cup of traditional black tea. Often considered the original classic among many tea drinkers (particularly the English), black tea was actually discovered in China during the 17th century. The story goes that prolonged oxidation of green tea leaves caused the tea to take on a smoky flavor, which eventually led to the discovery of lapsang souchong (aka China’s original black tea). Today, black tea is enjoyed all over the world and is often the tea of choice for those who prefer caffeinated tea instead of a cup of coffee. From slightly sweet breakfast blends to citrus-infused Earl Grey, there are plenty of reasons to join the dark side when it comes to drinking black tea.
Top Tea Tips & Hacks
If you enjoy a good cuppa now and then, it might be time to take your tea habit to the next level. Try these tea drinking tips and genius hacks so you can make the most of every sip.
- Don’t make tea in the microwave. Temperature control is key when brewing a great cup of tea and microwaves won’t allow for the level of control you need.
- When brewing iced tea, use double the amount of tea you would use for hot tea so the ice doesn’t dilute the flavor.
- Want to cut caffeine? Briefly steep your brew then pour it out and re-steep (with the same bag) to cut up to 80 percent of the caffeine.
Top Black Tea Brands
Keep calm and brew on with these black tea brands.
From herbal teas to black teas and chai, Thrive Market brews are pesticide-free, non-GMO, and extremely popular with our members.
Numi began in Oakland, California in 1999. Today, the organic tea line offers top-quality, Fair Trade Certified teas and herbal tisanes made with 100 percent real ingredients.
Launching in 2006, Teapigs’ ethically sourced, pesticide-free brews are made with whole leaf herbs and whole flowers. The earth-first brand also opts to use biodegradable packaging.
Ethically Sourced Black Tea
Feel good about what goes into your cup with an ethically sourced selection.
Teapigs English Breakfast Tea
This balanced and zesty tea combines ethically sourced Assam, Ceylon, and Rwandan black teas in whole leaf form. The tea comes wrapped in biodegradable packaging for easy, earth-friendly disposal.
Organic Black Tea
These pesticide-free, organic blends deliver big flavor in every bag.
Numi Aged Earl Grey Tea
This aromatic brew ages organic Assam black tea with real Italian Bergamot for several weeks so that the tea absorbs the orange scent. This gives the vibrant blend subtle notes of citrus.
Thrive Market Fair Trade Organic English Breakfast Tea
Need a morning pick-me-up? Our breakfast blend is made from high-quality, organic and fair trade black tea, which delivers bold, robust flavor and a higher caffeine content than other teas.
Sustainably Farmed Black Tea
Stock up on this mindfully harvested favorite.
PG Tips Pyramid Black Tea
Start the day with a cup of England’s number one tea. The traditional brew comes in innovative pyramid-shaped bags, which gives the leaves more room to move—and gives you more of an opportunity to savor the classic tea flavor.
Recipes With Tea
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DIY Boba Tea
This healthy spin on the popular Taiwanese beverage uses coconut sugar and tapioca flour for the tapioca pearls and combines organic breakfast tea with raw honey, almond beverage, and a simple syrup made with coconut sugar.
Earl Grey Ice Box Cake
While it’s a tough call between creamy mascarpone and Earl Grey-infused syrup, perhaps the best thing about this frozen treat is the fact that it requires absolutely zero baking. Just leave to freeze overnight and enjoy!
Earl Grey Peach Slab Pie
Not quite a cobbler, not quite a traditional pie, this dinner party-friendly dessert gives classic peach filling a twist with Earl Grey tea and raspberries topped with an impressive lattice crust.