We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “China Black”, “Keemun – Splendor of Flavor and Perfume”, and “Yunnan – Among the Grandest of the World’s Black Teas”. We have added a link to the end of each one to take you to the next if you would like to read them as a sequence, or you can choose which you want to peruse below. Enjoy!

China Black

There is no mention whatever of black tea before the Ming period.  As John C. Evans writes in Tea in China: “No factual basis exists for assuming an ancient origin for black tea.  Furthermore, all Chinese sources agree…(Read more)

Keemun – Splendor of Flavor and Perfume

One of the three best black teas in the world, Keemun is deservedly one of China’s Ten Most Famous Teas, even though the Chinese rarely drink it.  Like Ti Quan Yin, Keemun is…(Read more)

Yunnan – Among the Grandest of the World’s Black Teas

As a trans-Himalayan crow might fly, China’s Yunnan Province is just across the hills from Assam in India.  This is the region where the tea species is thought to have originated and the similarities in taste and even…(Read more)

Photo “Classic Black” is copyright under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License to the photographer “A Girl With Tea” and is being posted unaltered (source)