The federal ban on growing currants was shifted to individual states' jurisdiction in 1966, and was lifted in New York State in 2003 through the efforts of horticulturist Greg Quinn. As a result, currant growing is making a comeback in New York, Vermont, Connecticut and Oregon. However, several statewide bans still exist including Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Since the federal ban ceased currant production anywhere in the U.S., the fruit is not well-known and has yet to reach the popularity that it had in 19th century United States or that it currently has in Europe. Since blackcurrants are a strong source of antioxidants and vitamins, awareness and popularity are once again growing, with a number of consumer products entering the market.
All tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. How the leaves of the plant are processed and their level of contact with oxygen determines the type of tea. The more processing the leaves go through, the darker the leaves become, resulting in a distinctive color and taste characteristic. There are four main varietals of tea: black, green, white, and oolong. Tea contains substances called flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidant polyphenols. Antioxidant polyphenols help protect the body's cells from damage due to harmful molecules called free radicals. Regardless of the processing method, black, green, white and oolong teas all contain polyphenols. In fact, tea ranks as high as or higher than many fruits and vegetables in the ORAC score, a score that measures antioxidant potential of plant-based foods. Black tea is a varietal of tea that has been cultivated for centuries. It is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties. During processing, the leaves are heavily oxidized and fermented Our black tea is made from fresh leaves, hand processed under high humidity to promote carefully crafted oxidation, and then oven-fired which turns the leaves a dark, coppery color to yield a superior complex and authoritative flavor. It has higher caffeine content and is stronger in flavor than the other tea varietals.
Average Customer Rating
Fantastic, rich flavor. This is my favourite tea!
1/7/14 | Izabela, New York, NY
Nice, but not my taste
I get why this is popular. It's a nice delicate black tea, and the currant taste is interesting. Unfortunately, It's just not a flavor that appeals to me. I find it a little too lightly flavored to maintain it's enjoyability through a whole cup; the sweetness overwhelms the rest of the flavor and by the time I finish a cup that all I can taste. It's a nice tea, and I recommend it to people who like fruity teas, but I won't be buying it again.
9/7/13 | Kathryn, Boston, MA
Best black currant tea I have tasted
My headline says it all. If you love black currant tea, you should purchase this because it is fantastic tasting.
3/17/13 | Kimberly , Nyack, NY
Black Currant was one of the teas I first started drinking when I started to try something other than Lipton's. I have been in search of a good one ever since and been really, really, many times really disappointed. Most smell like cat spray and taste about as bad. This is wonderful! Sweet and juicy and just absolutely perfect - better, even, than I remember.
4/2/11 | MARLENA, Owego, NY
Snuggle with your spouse!
I dare anyone to start an argument while sipping this lovely tea! My husband and I snuggle on the sofa and chat about the day while we savor the warm sweet flavors of the Black Currant Tea.
3/28/10 | Amanda, Boyds, MD
Great Tea Great Company
I've been a fan of Tea Forte Black Currant Tea for many years. As a matter of fact, this is the only tea I drink. I have tried other Tea Forte teas which are excellent but I find the flavor of the Black Currant tea has a very special flavor unlike any other. Capt. Jack
3/8/10 | Jack, Cape Coral, FL
The Forte teas are the greatest and the infusers are the best! this favor is one of my favorites.....you have to try it if you love tea especially black tea.
11/29/09 | D., Skaneateles, NY
The Best Tea Forte Has To Offer!
I have enjoyed this tea for the last two years. I purchased it in a sampler, and it was my favorite. A great afternoon pick-me-up on a cold day!
10/20/09 | Karen, Memphis, TN
"Brews to a full-bodied, flavorful cup"
"This tea brews to a full-bodied, flavorful cup that is nicely aromatic – a delicate, fruity scent – and lightly sweet. The berry flavor is adequately balanced with the black tea flavor – which is bold yet smooth, offering just a hint of dry astringency. There is no bitterness to this coppery cup of goodness."
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9/30/09 | Cindy, Webmaster Tea Forté, MA
Best Tea By Far...
This is the best tea, period. I love the richness of the flavor, the great aroma, the wonderful sweetness with a bit of milk and sugar. An amazing tea that you will quickly become hooked on. My favorite tea to give as a gift.
7/20/09 | Lisa, East Hanover, NJ
This is my favirite Tea Forte tea
This is my favirite Tea Forte tea. I first tried it about 3 years ago and have been purchasing it ever since. It has such a great natural sweetness that you don't need sugar. I also love the subtle fruity taste.
5/21/09 | Mylinda, Cartersville, GA
Black Currant medley
We've been drinking this black currant since last fall when we had it at an inn in the Berkshires. I highly recommend it. Very fruity, complex. Definitely more than black currant in there. Milk & sugar really make this a treat!
5/15/09 | Susan, Washington, DC
The caffeine level in a cup of tea can vary by tea type, steeping practices and even the particular tea harvest. We use the following designations as guidelines for the caffeine levels of our teas:
Robust, high caffeine teas; 50-100mg
Lower caffeine teas with shorter steeping times; 30-50mg
Tea/herbal blends with less than 30mg
Decaf tea retains a tiny amount of caffeine
Herbal teas are 100% caffeine free
These steeping guidelines produce the best results for our palates. Use them as a guideline, but you may certainly experiment and find the best results for yours.