Like other true teas, black teas are made from tea leaves of the Camelia Sinensis plant. The difference between black teas and other types of teas is that the leaves have been withered, rolled, oxidized and fired in an oven. During this process, the color of the leaves turns from green to brown and black, and toasty flavors are created.
There is a wide range of black teas including mild black teas from China, light-bodied Darjeelings, smooth Ceylons, and full-bodied Assams. A limitless number of blends and flavored teas are made from combining black teas with each other, botanicals, other ingredients and flavors.