China black tea is the completely oxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Known as "red tea" in China, for the color of its infused cup, black tea is hearty and full-flavored, with an inherent sweetness and underlying malty note.
This tea is Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP), which designates whole tender leaves rolled with substantial leaf tips, a guarantee of quality and consistency in both color and flavor.
As satisfying as a regular Black Tea, our decaffeinated version is perfect for those evenings when you wish for more flavor without the punch caffeine gives. This particular tea is decaffeinated using an all-natural chemical-free water process.
A NOTE ABOUT DECAFFEINATED TEA: Our decaffeinated teas are processed using a hot water method. This initial soak allows the some of the water-soluable caffeine molecules to be drawn out of the tea before the tea is again dried and packaged for sale.
Please note that there is no type of decaffeination that removes ALL of the caffeine in tea. Additionally decaffeination processes also remove some of the antioxidants and other benefits of the tea along with the its caffeine. If you require a fully caffeine free beverage, it is our recommendation you switch to a rooibos or an herbal “tea,” more accurately called a “tisane” since herbals contain none of the Camellia sinensis tea plant. If however you enjoy the full-bodied flavor of Camellia sinensis tea but want less of a stimulant, our decaffeinated teas will have the reduced amount of caffeine that might serve your purpose.
Steep Time: 3-5 minutes at 180F
NOTE: All 4-ounce and more packages at shipping in resealable cello bags in lieu of our traditional craft paper packets.