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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 Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Assam Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Decaffeinated using the safe method of CO2, which also leaves more of the flavour quality in the leaf. Made with a good quality Assam broken leaf it is carefully worked to ensure the preservation of the golden tips before being safely decaffeinated. This decaffeinated-tea makes a very authentic cup of tea with a smooth but sufficiently malty and robust quality with a hint of chocolate. Learn More
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  2. Ceylon Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Ceylon Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    An anthracite coloured, long and wiry leaf which is mild and tender in taste with a copper coloured infusion and pleasant fragrance. The tea is safely decaffeinated using the CO2 technique. Learn More
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  3. Sunny English Afternoon Black Tea

    Sunny English Afternoon Black Tea

    A very smooth but full flavoured infusion given a beautiful 'Muscatel' aroma by the touch of Second Flush Darjeeling added to the blend of teas from fine gardens. This is slightly lighter bodied than our Superior English Breakfast but offers a fine, traditional cup of tea any time of the day. Learn More
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  4. Tarry Lapsang Crocodile Black Tea

    Tarry Lapsang Crocodile Black Tea

    The original and best grade of this famous smoky tea is grown in a nature reserve. It is smoked naturally with the authentic Chinese pine root and is gentle, clear and full flavoured. Learn More
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  5. Ceylon Mountain Stream Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Mountain Stream Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Grown on the eastern slopes of the Central Mountains, this black tea yields a bold and crisp infusion of deep amber that lingers on the palate with delicate notes of astringency. A refreshing cup for the morning or afternoon. The aromatic notes include fresh, sappy wood, plum fruits, molasses through to spice, pepper and mint. Previously listed as Dotel Oya. 1307 Learn More
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  6. Ceylon Ella Rock Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ella Rock 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. Previously listed as Pettiagalla. Learn More
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  7. Ceylon Ruhuna Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ruhuna Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A very distinctive, large leaf that gives a satisfying, good coloured infusion, brightly flavoured with nuances of spice and fruit. Full-flavoured black tea is a distinctively unique Ruhuna speciality. Learn More
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  8. Ceylon Adam's Peak Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Adam's Peak Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    With malty, citrus undertones and a sweet, floral, jasmine, cypress aroma, this tea typifies the famous character of Dimbula district teas. At the peak point of the year in February and March, the leaves are full of concentrated volatile oils, which allow tea makers to produce a distinctive, regional flavour profile. It has a fruity aftertaste with hints of blackcurrant leaf, which adds to the refreshing quality of its infusion. Previously listed as Ceylon Montecristo Learn More
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  9. Ceylon Moon Plains Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Moon Plains Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This tea carries a complex array of aromatics and flavours. Darker notes of dried fruit, plum, molasses, malt are balanced with a touch of sharp citrus and menthol notes such as mint and eucalyptus. Nuwara Eliya produces tea with a unique flavour. The air is scented with the fragrance of the cypress trees that grow in abundance and mentholated with the wild mint and eucalyptus. Previously listed as Battalgalla. Learn More
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