Tea 201 – Indian CTC Black Tea

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CTC sounds like a company’s acronym, no?  While it is an acronym, it actually stands for the process that defines this type of black tea: crush, tear, and curl.

The CTC method was invented in the early 1930s by W. McKertcher.  Its popularity spread quickly a crossed India and Africa.  Unlike normal teas that are rolled in the final stage, CTC is actually passed through a machine of cylindrical rollers containing hundreds and hundreds of small sharp “teeth.”  Because of this process, about 80% to 90% of the factory’s production is of small particles (fannings) for tea bag blends.  It is fully oxidized and machine processed making it less expensive and considered to be less quality than what is considered “orthodox.”  CTC is usually a conglomeration of tea leaves harvested from more than one plantation during the first harvest.  They are then blended together which allows for consistency in their flavor.

CTC tea is drunk typically by the general public in India and in the usual manner: boiled in a combination of milk, water and sugar.  This is done simply because CTC is considered to have a bitter taste due to its supposed “low quality.”  In all honesty, the flavor of the CTC tea is purely based on whether or not the harvest was of good quality or not.  This tea is popular due to the fact that the tea can be mixed with other herbs, spices and creams as well as manipulated to appease the taste buds of the drinker.

There is the question as to whether or not CTC retain most or any of the same health benefits of normal teas.  This is because of the process that such a question is raised.

In the end, the popularity of this tea relies solely on the tea drinker. What do you think, dear readers? Do you like/drink CTC?  If so, do you drink it straight or do you manipulate it in anyway?

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Thomas Sampson (Andrews & Dunham)

I’ve found some of my favorite purveyors of teas are the smaller companies. The ones who have unique packaging and play with their descriptions a bit. This Thomas Sampson Indian black tea from Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea shows me why it’s called the “Breeze from the Mountain.”

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Ceylon Sonata (Adagio Teas)

Friday is Black Tea, Floral Tea, Fruit Tea, Chai and Pu’erh Review Day!

Lots of companies offer black teas. They’re the most traditional and recognized kind of tea. More recently companies have been offering black teas from different countries. This Sri Lankan blend from Adagio is a nice relaxing brew.

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Very Vanilla (Kokomo)

Friday is Black Tea, Floral Tea, Fruit Tea, Chai and Pu’erh Review Day!

This smooth vanilla black tea blend from Kokomo Tea is interesting. I have very high hopes for this company I found on Twitter!

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