Originally Posted by NewCrunchyDaddy
Short answer: hmm, it looks like they have never said anything specifically about black tea.
Long answer: Well, it was my understanding that green tea was prohibited, but I checked on LDS.org, and I actually didn't find anything about green tea. Green tea is derived from the same plant as black tea - the Camellia sinensis plant. This link has some information about green tea - http://www.hotpepper.ca/lds/wordofwisdom/hot/
- but it's all his own personal interpretation, not the Church's.
If you didn't go to the above-mentioned website, basically the theory interprets down to this:
- WoW says hot drinks are not OK.
- Brigham Young's quote says something to the effect of "what were the people in the habit of taking at the time? Coffee and tea. Therefore, 'no hot drinks' means no coffee or tea."
- Based on research (or guessing?) people have decided that the type of tea that the Saints would have drank was tea derived from the Camellia sinensis plant.
- Teas derived from the Camellia sinensis plant include black, green, oolong, congou, pekoe, orange pekoe, and souchong.
- Therefore, any tea from the Camellia sinensis plant is not OK.
BUT - none of the above has ever been confirmed or denied by the Church, as far as I know. We do know that green tea has caffeine, but we also are aware that the Church has never said that caffeine is the reason for the prohibition on coffee or tea, though several Authorities have said we probably shouldn't have caffeine, because of its addictive properties.