Black Tea differs from other forms of tea in that it has been fermented for a longer period of time. The fermentation or oxidization process used to create black tea produces a beverage much stronger in flavor than is common in green and white teas, which are dried and or steamed or fried to stop the fermentation process.
Legend has it that Black Tea was a fortunate accident when a batch of tea leaves were left too long and became oxidized. This produced tea that was darker in hue, more potent in flavor, and higher in caffeine content. In addition to the variances in appearance, flavor, and caffeine yield, the beverage was more long-lived in terms of shelf life and portability.
Our favorite use for Black Tea is as a base for the wonderfully probiotic-rich drink known as Kombucha. See the book Nourishing Traditions for information on how to make this delightful health-supporting beverage and for a full history including potential health benefits.
Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container.