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Loose Leaf Black Tea

Aromatic, naturally sweet, smooth and full bodied, fruity, malty, chocolate, hints of smoke - all are apt descriptions of Chinese black teas. Given that the Chinese prefer their black teas unblended and unscented, our blacks reflect this. They are made with a lighter touch in the oxidizing step to preserve the nuanced tastes and natural sweetness of the varietals. We source our black teas in various provinces and their body, strength, aroma and flavor depend on the bush cultivar, farming methods, elevation, time of harvest, oxidation and firing process.

  • 3 Lands Sampler

    3 Lands Sampler

    3 Lands Sampler: 2 oz. of each Silver Needle: one of China's rare teas, "Yin Zhen" is a variety of tea made with an exacting skill. Fresh & delicately sweet taste, enjoy savory flavors of fresh apricots and honey. (2 oz...
    3 lands, 3 teas & 3 flavors

  • Assam

    Assam

    Our Assam is grown in a rainy tropical plain that is perhaps the largest tea growing region in the world.  Assam tea is known as the world's strongest and full-bodied of teas.  It is prized for its malty flavors. Lot...
    Hearty, bold with a citrus finish.

  • Black Cloud

    Black Cloud

    This Meizhan varietal is an early-spring harvest black tea known in China as "fresh tea" denoting it is made to a local custom. Not made to a standard and certainly varied in its taste season-to-season, this tea well exemplifies China's small farm tea...
    Flavors of smoke, loam, and chocolate combine to a lingering sweetness.

  • Black Dragon

    Black Dragon

    Our "Black Dragon", a Congou, is made in the style of classic Fujian Province blacks. "Congou" is a name used in the tea trade for "gongfu" which means skill and patience, attributes needed to make a really good black. The leaves are comparatively thin...
    Flavors - softly sweet cocoa, hints of malt and fresh fruit.

  • Black Fragrance - Hei Xiang

    Black Fragrance - Hei Xiang

    Black Fragrance is in the class of early spring teas known as "fresh tea". These teas are early spring harvest lots made to local customs of processing to bring out the favored aromas and flavors of the surrounding population. Typically, they are made in...
    "Fresh tea", notes of molasses & fruit, with a lingering finish.
  • Black Fragrance - Hei Xiang - Rare Lot

    Black Fragrance - Hei Xiang - Rare Lot

    This is a rare tea, one that is not exported from China. Made in very small lots, it is sold and consumed locally. It is classed as a "fresh tea", meaning it is single origin, grown and processed on a small farm &...
    Rare, handmade, flavors of sugar cane & molasses.

  • Black Leaf - Gong Fu

    Black Leaf - Gong Fu

    This lot was harvested in 2nd pluck of spring in the WuYi Mountains. An early pick, the leaves are quite aromatic and with oxidization – now a deep black color. While the name Gong Fu typically is used to describe a method of steeping tea, the name...
    Flavors of molasses, caramel, hints of fruit

  • Black No. 6

    Black No. 6

    The Fu'An area along the coast near the border with Zhejiang Province is mountainous and famous for its white teas. The cultivars developed in these mountains over a period of hundreds of years, now produce a variety of green and black teas that are...
    Malty aroma, flavors of chocolate!

  • Black Tea Gift

    Black Tea Gift

    Treat yourself or a friend to three artisan black teas elegantly packaged in our clear top re-usable tins and gift box.Included in the set:Golden Monkey: our Golden Monkey is made in the traditional style - more to the look of the fur of a Monkey. ...
  • Black Tea Traveler - A Sample Collection

    Black Tea Traveler - A Sample Collection

    Three black varietals, grown in 3 provinces each with a distinctive taste profile.  Grown at varying elevations, crafted in different styles of "Hong Cha", our collection offers a range of aromas and flavors.  These teas offer bright...
    3 provinces, 3 varietals, 3 flavors!

  • Blue Flower Earl Grey

    Blue Flower Earl Grey

    Our hand-crafted blend of Indian black tea, bergamot oil and blue Cornflowers – creates a slightly citrusy and floral cup. A rich Indian tea base yields a full-bodied tea and joined with bergamot and blue flowers to make a new a classic breakfast...

  • organic Organic

    Chai

    Our blend of organic traditional, full-bodied Indian black tea and exotic spices will satisfy and stimulate the palate. This Chai offers all of the characteristics of this classic blended tea. Lot Notes An organic blend includes spices of...
    Full-bodied black tea & exotic spices.

  • China Caravan

    China Caravan

    Toward the end of the 17th century, caravans of camels often called "ships of the desert" were transporting chests of tea across the great plains into Russia. Varieties of black teas were very often the primary cargo. In China, tea makers - ever...
    A traditional black tea blend with origins in the time of travel by camels.

  • Darjeeling

    Darjeeling

    Our Darjeeling is a 2nd flush from the Balasun Estate. The garden lies at an elevation of 400-1350 meters. This high elevation helps to create well -defined or clear notes in the tea. We selected this lot as it offers lively...

  • Earl Grey Organic Sachets

    Earl Grey Organic Sachets

    Full-bodied organic black tea enlivened with rich citrus oil of Bergamot creates a superb bouquet and a lingering finish. You will note the leaves are large (we milled them minimally) to preserve the natural flavors and bring a richer, deeper flavor to...
    Rich citrusy flavor, superb bouquet.
  • Emperor's Black Gift Set

    Emperor's Black Gift Set

    Sourced from 3 different provinces, encompassing a range of terroir and flavors, each handcrafted by artisans of the leaf, our Emperor's Black Gift Set, ensures a rare taste of some of China's most famous black teas.  We selected only the finest of...
  • Fujian Black

    Fujian Black

    An unusual, high-fire black Congou offers a very distinctive, lightly sweet flavor. This lot of Fujian Black offers leaves that are long, thin and wiry. The telling characteristic of this tea from other Fujian Congou is in the firing which has elevated...
    High fire, lightly sweet flavor.

  • Golden Eyebrow - Jīn méimáo

    Golden Eyebrow - Jīn méimáo

    In traditional tea circles, Golden Eyebrow is held as a very prestigious tea, one to be served proudly and enhance friendship. Made using buds and top two leaves, it is a fine pluck of the early spring harvest.  Then the tender leaves are...
    Fruity and flowery flavors, hints of honeysuckle.

  • Golden Monkey - Jin Hou

    Golden Monkey - Jin Hou

    Some of the finest varieties of Golden Monkey come out early in April, before the Qing Ming holiday. The leaves are harvested as the weather is warming, the buds dense, full of flavor. Once plucked and hand processed they are elegant in...
    Golden-brown style, complex, fruity aroma, malty taste.

  • organic Organic

    Golden Monkey - Jin Hou - Organic

    Organically grown in the Fuding area of northern Fujian Province, our Golden Monkey (Jin Hou) is a "special grade" made in the traditional style using long, black leaves and plenty of gold buds. It steeps to a bright golden...
    Organic, malty flavor, naturally sweet - it will refresh.