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Chinese Black Tea

Chinese Black Tea

The whole range of these handmade teas deserves to be tried. They are intriguingly varied in character but are all surprisingly rich, sweet and malty with subtle chocolatey undertones and make wonderful breakfast teas. Amongst them you will find teas seldom seen outside of China and batches made to our specific specification. Most of them are suitable for taking with milk but are equally at home without. The brewing procedure is quite different though, depending which method you opt for. If you take them with milk brew them like an Assam, for between 5-7 minutes. If you prefer it without milk, brew for two minutes and then using the same leaves you can brew once or twice again. The difference in flavour is most beguiling.

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  1. Tarry Lapsang Crocodile

    Tarry Lapsang Crocodile

    The original and best grade of this famous smoky tea is grown in a nature reserve. It is smoked naturally with the authentic Chinese fir root and is gentle, clear and full flavoured.

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    £6.50 per 100g

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  2. Black Phoenix from Honey Orchid Tree

    Black Phoenix from Honey Orchid Tree

    Phoenix teas are normally produced as Oolongs but at our request this has been made into a black tea. And what an amazing tea it is, the like of which I have never tasted before. Dan Cong teas are famous for the characteristic of mimicking the flavours of different flowers and fruits, depending upon the strain from which they are made. This black tea has been made from Mi Lan, the Honey Orchid strain. It is hard to describe the complexity of fragrance and flavour in this tea but it is intense, with prominent notes of peach, mango and apricot released seemingly in waves upon the tongue with a rich malty finish.

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    £50.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  3. Lu Yu Golden Thread

    Lu Yu Golden Thread

    Lu Yu Golden Thread is a special grade of Chinese black tea produced in the high elevation tea gardens of western Hubei, China. Each year, this ‘golden hao ya’ tea is carefully selected from the farmers’ earliest batches of spring tea. It has a mellow and refreshing character that is smooth with low astringency. It is expertly oxidised, with even graded leaves and big, golden buds. It is wonderfully full-flavored with a rich body and is a treat for black tea lovers. A Chinese poet described Enshi, where this tea is grown as "Endless green mountains to walk on, endless clear water going away". If taking without milk, brew in the Chinese style with 2g of tea, three minute infusion time but the leaves can be brewed 3-4 times.

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    £25.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  4. Sichuan Zao Bai Jian Spring

    Sichuan Zao Bai Jian Spring

    This is my favourite and one of the best black Chinese teas I have ever tasted, the other is the significantly more expensive, Summer Sichuan Zao Bai Jian. Even in the dry leaf it has the wonderful aroma of chocolate covered Turkish Delight, more when infused and the taste reminds me of Bournvita, with its silky blend of real cocoa and malt. The appearance of the fine, golden tipped, tightly twisted leaves is also an indication of the respect this tea has in China's tea market. Learn More
    £26.00 per 100g As low as: £7.50

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  5. Black Spring Spiral

    Black Spring Spiral

    This beautiful looking, hand made tea full of golden haired tips offers a silky, chocolate like infusion with the complex notes found in fine Yunnan teas, such as pepper, honey and malt. The nature of the leaves manufacture means that the infusion is lighter than some other black chinese teas making consumption without milk pleasant too.

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    £10.00 per 100g As low as: £7.50

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  6. Jin Jun Mei Souchong

    Jin Jun Mei Souchong

    This Jin Jun Mei is currently the second most expensive black tea in China, with shops selling the higher grade for prices up to $1600 for 100g. It has soared in both popularity and cost since it was created in 2005 by Mr. Jiang Yuan Xun, the general manager of Wu Yi Zheng Shan tea company. Whilst accompanying some guests on a visit to the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, famous for Oolong teas, some wild tea bushes were discovered growing at over 1800 metres altitude in the Wuyi Nature Reserve. This leaves the tea to develop a complex character, with aromas of fruit, flower and honey and malt.

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    £30.00 per 100g As low as: £8.00

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  7. Yunnan Black Gold

    Yunnan Black Gold

    Those of you familiar with the charms of Yunnan tea might find this the best example they have ever tried. That is certainly the case for me. Over twenty years I have tried many and indeed it took twenty samples alone this year before I found this delicious batch. Although it has a very high tip content, it also shows some much darker leaves. Made by a tea master with the focus being on maximising the complexity of flavour, it is in the cup that this tea really shines. As well as all the usual spicy, peppery, subtle earthy notes and a sweetness in the finish, this batch has a very clear note of caramel that I love, with a warm honey flavour too. As you can tell, one of my favourite teas of the year.

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    £15.00 per 100g As low as: £7.50

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  8. Fuchow Monkey King

    Fuchow Monkey King

    This is the best grade of the black teas called Fuchow, hence the name 'Monkey King'. You can tell from its appearance with the abundant tips and golden hairs that it will be a rich, smooth tea with a complex character. It is predominantly malty in character with notes of cocoa and according to some of our customers a hint of ginger. Extremely exclusive and a current Imperial favourite.

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  9. Smoky Caravan

    Smoky Caravan

    A blend not dissimilar to our Russian Caravan but with the addition of some Tarry Lapsang Souchong. In truth, this recipe is closer to the original 'Russian Caravan' flavour which has changed over the years to suit the British palate. One can, however, imagine this tea brewing on top of a steaming Samovar and listening to Alexander Pushkin reciting his poems.

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    £5.00 per 100g

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