Black tea can vary hugely in taste as it is fully oxidised, meaning that molecules in the tea react with the oxygen. This gives the leaves a rich, flavour in a dark brown, almost black, colour as well as being higher in caffeine. Black tea is the most common variety of tea, making up 90% of the tea consumed in the western world.
Many black teas in the market are flavoured with fruit, spices or even flower petals, or infused with essential oils to enhance the original flavour of the tea. The natural depth and richness in black tea makes it perfect for experimenting with flavours.
Bristol Twenty Tea Range: English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam, Decaf English Breakfast, Lapsang Souchong.
Unlike black tea, green tea is heated to stop oxidisation in order to preserve the fresh taste of the tea as well as the greenish colour that is presented.
This is exactly the reason why green tea should not be brewed with boiling hot water as it is far more delicate in comparison to an ordinary black tea. If the water is too hot it will make your green tea bitter. It is always best to leave the water too cool in the kettle for 2-3minutes before pouring onto your tea leaves. This way it will have cooled down enough to not extract the tannins from the tea and leave you with the full flavour intended.
Bristol Twenty Tea Range: Yunnan Green, Jasmine.
Our Bristol Twenty fruit and herbal teas are blended with a mix of fruit, herbs, spices and flowers. This means that our herbal and fruit teas and caffeine-free, from Rooibos, Red Bery and Lemon and Ginger tea.
Our extensive range of flavours in our fruit and herbal teas come from a variety of ingredients, from the natural sweetness of camomile flowers to bright, tart berries and Jasmine.
As our fruit and herbal infusions don’t contain caffeine (tea), there is no bitterness to the tea from over brewing. The longer your brew your tea leaves, the richer and more intense flavour you get.
Bristol Twenty Tea Range: Rooibos, Red Berry, Peppermint, Camomile Flowers, Lemon and Ginger, Chai. *NEW* Christmas Cookie Tea