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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. Darjeeling Himalayan Pride Second Flush Black Tea

    Darjeeling Himalayan Pride Second Flush Black Tea

    A delicious early second flush tea with a freshness normally found in first flush Darjeeling and a 'Muscatel' perfume and flavour. The complex flavour runs the range from honey to soft fruits to rose, camellia and green apples. It is smooth and light bodied with a pale orange infusion. Learn More
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  2. Georgia Wild Tea Tree Black Tea

    Georgia Wild Tea Tree Black Tea

    This very rare tea grows wild in the woods of Georgia, near the Mtirala National Park, just a few kilometres from the Black Sea. These hand-produced teas have the quality of some of the finest teas in the world grown in Taiwan and are similar in complexity. The soft, infusion almost without any bitterness has nuances of wild berry, maple, pine, malt, raisins, honey, cocoa, caramel, apple, chestnut and spice. The long, wiry matt black leaves also look like those of Taiwanese teas, the larger leaf size reflecting the fact they are produced on tea trees rather than bushes. Many of these tea trees were planted in the 19th century and until recently were not harvested. The rich forest soil, the surrounding trees offering shade mean that these wild trees produce naturally high quality material for artisan tea makers to express. Learn More
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  3. Assam Mangalam Gold Black Tea

    Assam Mangalam Gold Black Tea

    The Mangalam garden consistently produces teas of the highest quality and their best lots each year, though few in number will give a rich, ripe infusion with characteristics of malt, molasses and dried fruit with a fine body. The abundant golden tips help to add a silky, spicy quality and give the liquor a golden ring around the top of the dark amber colour as the tea cools. An indicator of true quality when we evaluate teas in our tasting room. Learn More
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  4. Father's Time Black Tea

    Father's Time Black Tea

    This is a tea to savour, whether as a treat for yourself or a gift from a loved one. We use a beautiful, golden tipped tea from the birthplace of tea Mount Meng Ding. It has a rich flavour, like cocoa and rose, almost Turkish Delight! This is balanced by a tea grown in primaeval forests in another province of China, near the Lancang River, that is smooth, toffee-like, with hints of sweet tobacco and honey. The third part has a complex flavour and an astonishing, floral and fruity fragrance. Perfect gift for Father's Day! Or just to say I love you! Even if it's to yourself! Learn More
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  5. A Taste of Honey Black Tea

    A Taste of Honey Black Tea

    A special blend of three of the world's best black teas that have a unique flavour profile that give the infusion a natural taste of wild honey. Malt, spice, fruit, honeysuckle, peach, nectarine and chocolate notes are among the many that compete for recognition as the tea reveals its character seemingly in waves upon the tongue. Learn More
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  6. Assam Elephant Road Hattiali Black Tea

    Assam Elephant Road Hattiali Black Tea

    This batch has a delicate leaf appearance with beautiful golden tips and plenty of tiny, downy hairs. In the cup it is big, smooth, with fine notes of malt, red wine, rose and sweet currant. Hattiali is an estate with a century-old tradition of excellence. The name Hattiali is derived from the Assamese words "Hatti Alli", meaning literally the elephant is coming down the road, so called on account of a neighbouring elephant camp. Learn More
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  7. Black Velvet Black Tea

    Black Velvet Black Tea

    A velvety smooth blend of three exquisite teas. The deep red, lingering liquor of one of the components, carries a strong fragrance and flavour of exotic spice. Another has a strong red grape aroma in the dry leaves with a raisin-like flavour in the cup that also carries subtle notes of bergamot and mint. The third part delivers dark chocolate, rose, peach, and honey. Learn More
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  8. Darjeeling Muscatel Dream Second Flush Black Tea

    Darjeeling Muscatel Dream Second Flush Black Tea

    The complex range of flavours are described as having nuances of sweet cantaloupe, honey, fresh grapes, lychee, spice, dark fruit, burnt caramelised sugar, dried rose, camellia, the rich, nectar-like 'Muscatel' character and toasted, buttery finish. This is from the Mim garden and is one of the top 'muscatel' teas of the year. Learn More
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  9. Fuchow Golden Needle Black Tea

    Fuchow Golden Needle Black Tea

    An unusual flat, smooth leaf in the style of Long Jing green tea, that is worked by hand in a wok. It grows on the 'big leaf' tea tree, in common with our Tea of Life, in the Fujian Province. A rich tasting, fruity liquor with a lingering aroma of chocolate and fresh raspberries. Learn More
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