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Black Tea

Black Tea | Imperial Teas

The tea which we refer to as 'black' in the west encompasses a vast array of flavours born from the process known as 'oxidation'. It is the type of tea we are most familiar with and is broadly drunk in the U.K with milk. In other countries, many of these teas, especially those as light as First Flush Darjeeling are taken without, or sometimes with lemon or orange to taste. There are no rules and should someone find they enjoy their tea made differently to our recommendations that is the best way to enjoy it. Oxidation, a skilfully controlled process, takes place after raw, green tea leaves are rolled or macerated to break down the cell walls. A chemical reaction takes place which converts the catechins found in green tea into theaflavins and thearubigins. These compounds give the tea a brisk, bright taste, depth, body and its yellow through to orange-red colour. In China they call our 'black', 'red' tea. By and large this is a closer description of the colour of the infused liquor, the pale yellow of Darjeeling First Flush aside. My recommendation for preparing this tea to be taken with milk is to use 1g per 100ml of water and to allow 5 minutes to brew. If taking it without milk use a little less tea and infuse for just 2 minutes.
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  1. Assam Dimakusi Super Strong Black Tea

    Assam Dimakusi Super Strong Black Tea

    Our strongest tea is this 'cut, tear and curl' machine-processed Assam which is for our customers who like really dark, heavy tea. It has a doughy note to its aroma with a heavy and spicy taste. It brews very quickly and to a gloriously deep red colour. Established on 15th February 1900 under the Williamson Magor Co. Ltd., this estate owns a vast garden.

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  2. Ceylon Lovers Leap

    Ceylon Lovers Leap Broken Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The tea has a delicate, slightly reddish semi-broken leaf which brews a highly aromatic, robust infusion perfect with milk. It has refreshing astringency, reminiscent of lemon peel that is balanced by the nuanced darker notes of real ale malt and raisins. A top tea from this picturesque area in the Nuwara Eliya district. Learn More
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  3. Georgian Type

    Georgian Type

    This tea is blended from fine Chinese types to resemble the original Georgian tea which is no longer grown. It is a mild with a soft and light coloured cup, a tender taste with hints of spiciness and smoke. This tea is very popular in Russia where it is drunk with lots of sugar and a jam called Warenje. Learn More
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  4. Assam Zaloni

    Assam Zaloni Black Tea

    A very well tipped leaf for the price, with a brisk, full bodied infusion and some fine flowery notes. Learn More
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  5. Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The typical Uva district flavour is in evidence, with dark fruit, molasses and fragrant woody notes providing a deep character, in balance with citrus fruit peel and mentholated tones. Learn More
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  6. Ceylon Ruhunu Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ruhunu Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A very distinctive, large leaf that gives a satisfying, good coloured infusion. Brightly flavoured with nuances of spice and fruit. The soil of Ruhunu, combined with the low elevation of the estates, causes the tea-bush to grow rapidly, producing a long, beautiful leaf that turns intensely black on withering and is particularly suited to ‘rolling’.

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  7. Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A mild, large leaf tea with a fruity quality, reminiscent of peach, rose and citrus. Subtle notes of malt and dried fruit afford a smooth aftertaste with an exquisite tanginess. Wedged between the Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts on the eastern slopes of the hill country, Uda Pussellawa is a small town almost entirely dedicated to tea cultivation. Learn More
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  8. Nilgiri Parkside

    Nilgiri Parkside

    This garden in Nilgiri creates a tea with a classic, high quality Ceylon character. The dark 'Orange Pekoe' leaves yield a medium bodied tea with a mellow, fragrant cup. Learn More
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  9. Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Our most popular Sri Lankan tea manages to capture all of the qualities of the Uva district tea growing area. It has the richness and colour of the mid-elevation teas, which carry notes of black treacle, currants and plum, and the fine high notes that evoke grapefruit zest, minty menthol tones and a green wood edge. Learn More
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