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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. Ceylon Lovers Leap

    Ceylon Lovers Leap Broken Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This tea has a delicate, slightly reddish semi-broken leaf, golden in colour with a soft, highly aromatic cup typical of these altitudes. A top tea from this picturesque garden in the Nuwara Eliya district. The garden received its romantic name after a lady who jumped to her death from the cliffs together with her lover who was not befitting her rank.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This plantation produces a tea with a darker coloured infusion than most Uva District types with a full body. It also exhibits the usual spicy, fruit aroma.

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  5. 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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  6. Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The strikingly beautiful, black pine needle shaped leaf yields an infusion with a mild, sweetish, fruity flavour and light body. It is a dark red in colour with a fruity, spicy aroma. An outstanding garden producing a delicious and unique tasting tea which even neighbouring gardens cannot imitate. Grown to 5,000 feet up on the eastern slopes of Sri Lanka's central mountains, teas from the Nuwara Eliya district have quite a distinctive flavour.

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  7. 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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  8. Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pettiagalla Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This is one of our most popular Sri Lankan teas. It has a dark red colour, is highly aromatic but has a very mild taste which is spicy with a slightly malty character. It is delicious served with a splash of cream.

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  9. Ceylon Montecristo

    Ceylon Montecristo Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Our lowest grown tea from the pretty Kandy District makes a refreshing breakfast tea and is ideal with milk or even cream. It has a full bodied, smoothly robust infusion with a lovely fragrance.

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