Black teas are known as fully oxidized or fermented teas. They are available in two basic leaf styles – orthodox (leafy shape) or CTC (Cut, Tear, Curl – pellet shape). Their shape is the result of being exposed to oxygen before being dried.
When we think of an old-fashioned British cuppa, we think of black tea. The best of these are known for their rich, malty depths, balanced astringency, brisk character and coppery colour. They take milk and sugar well and while are traditionally enjoyed in the morning, they are excellent all day teas.