- a tea that has been allowed to wither and ferment under controlled conditions before being subjected to a heating process that stops fermentation and turns the leaves black.
Compare green tea.
Origin of black tea
First recorded in 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for black tea
In the black-tea districts, as in the green, large quantities of young plants are yearly raised from seeds.
Fu-chow was the black-tea port of China at that time, and it had been opened just two years before.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands</p>
George Francis Train
There is not so much care taken in sorting the produce of the black-tea tree.