The ancient silk road was a long journey across China. Merchants carrying tea would press the leafs into cake for easier transport. But over time the tea would age and become darker. The flavors would combine and an earthy aroma would begin. By the time merchants in the West tasted the tea the leafs would be black. This is why red tea is most known as black tea in the West. Chinese red tea will be lighter in taste than their Western counterpart. Tastes of citrus, flower may lie in each sip. It is frequently enjoyed during the mid day with a cool breeze.