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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. Keemun Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Keemun Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Decaffeinated using the safe method of CO2, which also leaves more of the flavour quality in the leaf. Very acceptable on its own but my tip is to add just a few leaves of a very high-quality tea to the mix, this improves the flavour significantly whilst adding little to the caffeine levels. Made with a good quality Keemun large leaf it has a mild, sweetish flavour with hints of malt and fruit. It has the famed Keemun orchid aroma. Learn More
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  2. Assam Halmari Honey Garden Black Tea

    Assam Halmari Honey Garden Black Tea

    This garden produces many of the best tasting teas in Assam and this exquisite batch is no exception. It has a creamy, delicious malty flavour with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, rose, dates and a sweet honey-like finish. Like the finest 2nd Flush teas from Darjeeling, there are notes of muscatel, citrus and cinnamon. It has a lighter, golden colour not found in many Assam teas and is, unusually for an Assam, very drinkable without milk. This tea was previously listed as Marangi. Learn More
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  3. Love from Lincoln Black Tea

    Love from Lincoln Black Tea

    Only the best will do when sending your love from the beautiful city of Lincoln. Perfect as a gift or drink to celebrate a great memory you have of Lincoln. Even if you've never been the flavour is worth savouring anyway! We have selected five of the best black teas in the world, all from Taiwan, to make this stunning blend, on a base tea of finest Assam from India. The liquor will offer a rich, sappy liquor that is sugarcane sweet, malty, has hints of caramel, honey, ripe nectarine, cinnamon, nutmeg, frankincense, raisin, red grape, muscatel, bergamot, rose, mint and dark chocolate. The fragrance is equally complex, flittering through the four seasons from evergreen, wild, mountain meadow flowers and ripe summer fruits. Lincoln was a Roman city and continued its importance through the Norman era when construction of our beautiful cathedral began. Lincoln continues to grow as a modern city built around its historic buildings and heritage. Learn More
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  4. Jenny's Blend Early Morning Black Tea

    Jenny's Blend Early Morning Black Tea

    Jenny’s favourite teas, which she brewed ceremonially every morning and drank from her favourite cup, long before anyone else was awake, were Keemun Hao Ya B and a big leaf, malty Assam from Mangalam. We’ve blended the two together to combine the pleasure she took from drinking them. Both teas have a rich body but are smooth; the notes of malt, molasses, orchid, chocolate and rose complement each other perfectly. Learn More
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  5. Assam Shelter of the Swans Black Tea

    Assam Shelter of the Swans Black Tea

    Grown in one of the top gardens in Assam which produces teas of outstanding quality. The area is known as the ‘Shelter of the Swans’. It has an almost spicy aroma with a powerful, full-bodied liquor and a delicious taste with notes of malt, cedar, oak wood, a touch of molasses, sweet dates, vanilla, spiced cocoa with a brisk note of citrus to keep the infusion lively. Learn More
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  6. Fujian Black Rock Xi Xuan Black Tea

    Fujian Black Rock Xi Xuan Black Tea

    This black tea is a relative newcomer to the roster and is produced on an ‘oolong’ cultivar, meaning that it is a tea of great complexity, is strongly aromatic and very light in body. Whilst it does not produce dark liquor it is delicious taken with milk as well as black. The creaminess of milk combines with the naturally occurring flavour of honey and caramel that this tea possesses. Learn More
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  7. Keemun Monkey King Spring Gold Black Tea

    Keemun Monkey King Spring Gold Black Tea

    This is one of the rarest and finest of China's black teas, indeed the world's. It is a tea master produced, organically grown, long tender leaf variety from the Lion Mt. in Qi'Men with a light bodied, honey-sweet, chocolate malt infusion. It is a tea with a pronounced flavour yet with very little tannin and makes a good afternoon or early evening tea. It is made with the first golden down covered buds of spring, full of nutrition, picked before the Chinese Qing Ming festival. To put this wonderful tea's rarity into context it would make just 200,000 of the U.K's yearly consumption of 60,225,000,000 cups! Remember this is just the U.K, my calculator didn't have enough digits to work out the world's consumption! We can never get enough of this tea to last the year so try it while you can. Learn More

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  8. Darjeeling Leopard's Valley Second Flush Black Tea

    Darjeeling Leopard's Valley Second Flush Black Tea

    This rich liquoring infusion yields the classic 'muscatel' character with hints of almond or walnut and green apples depending on infusion time. The aroma has hints of peach and floral notes and caramelised sugar. All this and with a delightful honey finish. This blends the finest teas from Mim and Margaret's Hope gardens. Learn More
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  9. Assam Tonganagoan Golden Axe Black Tea

    Assam Tonganagoan Golden Axe Black Tea

    The Tonganagoan estate is a small tea garden located near the Namdapha National Park, one of the most bio-diverse areas of India. It is one of the very few organic gardens in Assam who are able to produce high-quality tea due to it planting the famous clonal variety P126 tea bush. This tea type is used in all of Assam’s top gardens. The many golden tipped leaves lend this tea a very smooth character that along with the malty, jammy fruit notes has a strong sweet-chocolate aroma with hints of spice. Previously listed as Attabarie. Learn More
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