Black tea is completely oxidized. A common misconception is to say that black tea is fermented which is incorrect. Through a very careful process the tea is oxidized in a controlled manner and in various techniques. This variety of techniques combined with the various leafs picked at particular times in the year gives us a wide range of delicate to rich tasting teas.
Black tea is actually the newest class of tea, and hasn’t been around as long as oolong or green tea. Because it is the favorite of western drinkers it has become second most popular tea in the world.