Black Tea - What is the Difference?


Assam is harvested and processed in the region of Assam, India. It is one of the largest tea-producing regions in the world. 
This tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant which is also native to the region. Camellia sinensis leaves are used to produce green teas and black breakfast teas.
This tea is known for its full-bodied, rich flavour and pleasant aroma.
Assam teas, or blends containing Assam, are often sold as "breakfast" teas such as our Irish Mountain Breakfast and Collingwood Breakfast. Assam is also used in most of our black tea blends including Vanilla Cream Dream, Himalayan Dream Chai and many more!


Possible Health Benefits:

Boasts many antioxidants 

Known to promote heart and brain health 

Sources: Health Line, What is Assam Tea, and Does it Have Benefits? By Ansley Hill, RD, LD 2020



Ceylon is a black tea harvested in Sri Lanka, formally known as Ceylon. This tea has a deep heritage and is a pillar in Sri Lankan culture. Most Ceylon tea is processed by hand. This tea has distinct leaves that are recognized fairly easily in the tea world because of its wiry look. 
The taste of Ceylon tea can vary greatly due to where it is grown in the country. It has medium-to-full tannins (polyphenols) and is known for a mild and sweet flavour. We carry Ceylon Idulgashinna OP1 Organic, this Idulgashinna Garden tea is grown using biodynamic farming methods and has a bright crisp flavour.


Possible Health Benefits:

Protection from free radicals damage to cell bodies

Help in prevention of chronic diseases

May help improve gut health and relaxation 

Sources: The Spruce Eats, What is Ceylon Tea? By Lindsey Goodwin, 2022



Darjeeling tea is a well-known tea variety that is exported around the world. This tea grows best in cool, wet conditions. This is why it thrives in India at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. 
Darjeeling tea is unique because the leaves can be processed in different ways, resulting in black, green, white, or oolong tea. 
We carry Darjeeling first flush SFTGFOP1. As stated under our tea’s description, the letters SFTGFOP1 refer to the appearance of the dry leaf. The grade FTGFOP stands for “Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe”. This means it’s a whole-leaf tea with plenty of tips, or buds.
First flush means the first tea harvested in the spring after the winter dormancy. Taste is known to be sweet, fruity and earthy. 


Possible Health Benefits: 

Aid in chronic inflammation

Boost heart health

Sources: Health Benefits of Darjeeling Tea, Dan Brennan, MD.

               The Spruce Eats, What is Darjeeling Tea? Lindsey Goodwin, 2022


Kanchanjangha tea estate is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjungha, the third highest mountain in the world, in the eastern part of Nepal. 
The Himalayan climatic conditions produce highly unique and aromatic teas such as Kanchanjangha Noir.
This tea has a very distinct brisk flavour and reddish brown hue. Also known for its flowery aroma with a hint of dark chocolate.

Possible Health Benefits: 

Known to help boost antioxidants

Sources: Kanchanjangha Noir Tea from Nepal, Teamanjourney, 2018



The tea estates in Sikkim nestle amongst the stunning and gorgeous Himalayas in North East India. The tea is grown at a time when mist falls in the mountains and rain pours down, creating a very moist environment but with plenty of sunlight.
 Sikkim Temi Tea owes its taste to the beautiful slopes of Temi. Sikkim is available in four different flushes. We carry Sikkim 2nd Flush TGFOP1 Temi.
The second flush of Sikkim is known to have a strong, toasty flavour that is mellow and smooth.


Possible Health Benefits:

Connection to reducing risk of chronic disease

May be associated with the reduced risk of stroke

Sources: All You Need to Know About Sikkim Temi Tea, Golden Tips Tea, 2020

               Health Effects of Tea, Sikkim Temi Tea, 2017



Earl Grey is one of the most recognized flavored teas in the world. This tea is typically a black tea base flavored with oil from the rind of bergamot orange (citrus fruit). 
A tea is flavored or scented during manufacturing toward the end of the processing, usually once the tea leaves have dried. We carry Earl Grey Select and Cream of Earl Grey!
Earl Grey is most widely defined as a black tea that has been flavored with the oil of bergamot. There is no one way to make Earl Grey tea, however, which is why every Earl Grey tea you've ever tried has probably tasted slightly different.


Possible Health Benefits: 

Citrus and polyphenols are known to boost metabolism 

Rich in Vitamin C and zinc

Known to help dental health

 Sources: What is Earl Grey Tea? Teatulia

                7 Health Benefits of Earl Grey Tea, Two Leaves and a Bud


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