Black Tea

black tea

 

Black Tea

Fully oxidized. Fresh leaves are gently rolled and placed on flat screens to wither. A deep enzymatic oxidation of the freed polyphenols brings out caramel and tannic flavors. The leaves are then quickly dried at high heat.

Prices range from 5.00 – 5.75

 

China

Dian Hong – Yunnan Red

This aromatic black tea from the southwestern province of Yunnan features fine, evenly-rolled mahogany-colored leaves with an abundance of orange-gold tips. Crimson infusions bow with a layered fragrance and subtly tart and spicy flavors, malty and faintly reminiscent of citrus. Its strong character and lively flavor make it a good tea for starting a busy day or sharing in a fascinating conversation. Bold and brassy.

Lapsang Souchong – Smoky Tea

This highly esteemed Chinese tea is processed in a bamboo basket over a fire of pine logs giving it its unrivaled smoky aroma and taste. The term Lapsang originates from the Lapu Mountain in Fujian, and Souchong refers to the 4th and 5th leaves of the plant used in making this variety of tea.  The solid, black-brown leaves brew cups of pensive essences like welcoming hearth-fires imparting a thermal inner calm.

Qi Hong Mao Feng – Keemun Downy Tips

To complete our selection of Mao Feng (hairy tip) teas, we offer our beloved customers the pleasure of a black Mao Feng. Qimen, “Great Gate,” refers to the town and district of the same name in the Anhui province where it is cultivated near the Yangtze River. It is served in town as a welcome for dignitaries. Only the young, hairy buds of the tea plant are used. When processed, the leaves turn sienna-colored, wiry, and strong enough for two infusions. The vermillion waters bring a contemplative taste, recalling semi-sweet chocolate and roasted chestnuts. Drink this as dessert tea after a good meal or allow the smooth aroma to awaken the mind at breakfast. Perfect for mind opening, heart opening, or commemorating occasions of clarity and liberation.

Jin Zhen – Golden Buds

Super-fine Mao Feng tips from the birthplace of Dian Hong, in Fengqing, Yunnan. The delicate orange tips offer a velvety sweet taste with hints of chocolate and deep forest aromas. We serve this gourmet tea in a gaiwan only, with a pot of hot water to allow for many further infusions.

 

India

Darjeeling First Flush

In the harsh mountain climate of the  Darjeeling Himalayas, the first spring tea harvest takes place from March through April and is called First Flush. The tea produced from this harvest is valued for its unique, flowery aroma as well as leaves that are especially green for a black tea. Its supple quality is rapidly lost within a few months of storage making it very important that the first flush Darjeeling be fresh. We buy our first flush directly from Calcutta and have it shipped by air. This means that we can guarantee the freshness of the tea in your cup. It is available only while the fresh stock lasts. A delicacy among tea lovers, the scent and flavor of it reminds one of a walk in a rainy flower garden.

Darjeeling Second Flush

The second tea harvest takes place just before the rainy season, over fifty days from the end of May to early July. The leaves used in Darjeeling Second Flush are larger, more mature, and less tender than the First Flush.  The color of the infusion is darker, and this tea has more body. The flowery, astringent flavor and superb muscatel aroma of the teas picked at this time has led to comparisons with the famous wines of Bordeaux. The tea is composed of rather small green-yellow leaves with darker tips.

Nilgiri Shiva

In the Nilgiri (Blue Hill) Mountains in southern India, this tea is produced under the strict eyes of Lord Shiva in a region with 108 Shiva temples. It is distinguished for its light orange-brown infusion and fine aroma. It possesses the notably refreshing qualities of the Assamica leaf type, but it is more flowery and slightly fruity. Appropriate for opening the third eye!

Assam Brahmaputra

An Indian black tea from the valley plantation region on the banks of the enchanting river Brahmaputra. A wild variety of tea plant, later named “Assamica,” was discovered in India by the Bruce brothers almost 170 years ago. This is the variety now cultivated in Assam. Our supply is outstanding for its freshness and sparkling taste. Brown-black leaves with light color tips are evenly rolled into half-moons. In the cup, they produce a dark, red-brown infusion with a rich aroma and a robust, full taste. Suitable for drinking before a long journey.

 

Nepal

Nepal Illam – First Flush

On the Nepalese side of the majestic Himalayas, “just over the hill” from the famous Darjeeling region, enterprising Nepalese planters have brought a delicately rich, high-mountain black tea to the world. This first-flush, made up of brown-green uniformly rolled leaves with a high content of silvery tips, easily rivals the freshest Darjeeling. The tea is full of aroma and has an unobtrusively astringent, sweet, and captivatingly flowery taste.

Sri Lanka

Ceylon Adam’s Peak

A black, high-mountain leaf tea from the Labookelie gardens in the Nurawa Eliya region. A delightful tea, dark but not overbearing, that evokes the sweep of the gardens that spread out under the peaks of the Samanalakande Mountains, “the mountains where butterflies go to die.” Perfect for afternoon tea parties or as a late morning pick-me-up.

Ceylon Tiger River

An excellent, fully aromatic low-mountain tea from the Kandy region of the captivating island of Sri Lanka. It produces a rich infusion in the cup, reminiscent of Assam tea, and with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Suitable for solitary tea drinkers.

 

Africa

Kenyan Black

A tea from the wild equatorial region of Africa. Malty and dark, with rich hints of chocolate. This tea is guaranteed to bring sunshine back into your spirit even on the coldest winter day.

 

Turkey

Rize Cay

A red, strongly aromatic, finely ground tea. We first heat the dry leaves in a pot, then steep them in hot water for an extended period. The process produces a dark red-brown infusion in the glass, with a very strong robust taste and a mildly sweet aroma. We serve it in a Turkish pot and glass. Served with a side of sugar. Sure to give a lift. Grown without pesticides.

 

Aromatized Black Teas & Blended Black Teas

Lychee Black Tea

Naturally sweet, this enticing blend is a traditional recipe from Guangdong. Black tea leaves, aromatized in the Chinese method, hum with an intensely fruity flavor that produces smiles and sighs on consumption. The lychee fruit, native to the subtropical regions in Asia, has a unique taste somewhat in-between a pear and a grape. This tea is perfect for drinking with the first snowfall.

Vanilla Black Tea

A treat for vanilla lovers! The succor of vanilla offsets the natural astringency of the black tea, giving this balanced tea a dessert-like quality. This tea from the Guangdong province is aromatized in the traditional Chinese way.

Rose Black Tea

The romance of a dozen roses! This tea is served in a special double-spouted teapot, pouring simultaneously into two cups for love-struck couples. A burst of rose arises over the flavor of black tea, sure to awaken the Casanova in anyone.

Earl Grey – Bergamot English Tea

A black tea flavored with the oil of bergamot made according to an ancient Chinese recipe obtained by the 2nd Earl Grey, as a gift, on his travels through China in 1830. In England the new preparation gained world-wide renown under the name of its discoverer. Served in the “English style” with organic milk (soy, almond, coconut, or rice milk) and pure cane sugar. Its unique bergamot aroma is unmistakable.

English Breakfast

Our signature English Breakfast tea consists of a blend of high quality exquisite black teas. Blended in house, this full-bodied rotund tea pairs well with food especially a hearty breakfast. Served with organic cow milk (soy, almond, coconut, or rice milk) and cane sugar.

Russian Caravan

Savour our very own tea blend in honor of the 19th century Russian tea traders whose caravans would spend sixteen months in transit to and from China. In those days, the black tea would acquire its smoky taste due to the evening campfires on their route back to St. Petersburg.  The taste is warm, rich and lightly smoky. A perfect morning tea, this blend will gently transport you from sleep time into waking. Served with organic cow milk (soy, almond, coconut, or rice milk) and cane sugar.