Peppered Basil begins with a black base tea from the Fujian province of China. This gorgeous tea has sweet cocoa notes, fruitiness and hints of spice. This tea can be brewed light or strong, so our steep range is between 3 and 5 minutes - where you fall in there is entirely up to your taste preference. Basil is now added to the blend for a sweet and fresh lemony pepper flavor. Lastly, whole black peppercorns are added for a kick that ties together the spice of the black tea and the basil.