Teas: Black

Black Tea is made by - Withering the plucked leaf is first spread on racks in a current of warm, dry air. This removes the moisture from the leaf, leaving it limp. Rolling the withered leaf is crushed by rolling, or cutting, tearing and curling. This releases the natural juices. Fermentation the crushed leaf is then allowed to ferment to a bright, coppery color. The leaves have absorbed oxygen which causes the color change. Drying the fermented leaf is then dried by hot air to become the familiar black tea. 
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