Black Tea is what we commonly think of tea in the Western world. Our culture loves a strong black tea with a splash of milk. It has a strong red colour with a rich aroma and taste. Black tea is fully oxidised, which means immediately after being hand plucked the leaves are laid to rest in the sun, oxygen then gently tantalises the leaves causing them to change colour (from green to black) and give rise to aroma and strength. There is no specific time for this process, the tea farmer uses their experience and closely watches over the leaves to judge when to intercept. Heat is then applied either by panning or steaming to stop the reaction with oxygen. To complete production as the tea we love to drink, the leaves are dried or fired to seal in the flavour. A stunning balance of nature and an old age art form to provide the best tasting cup.