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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 Braveheart Super Strong Black Tea

    Assam Braveheart Super Strong Black Tea

    This is our, and possibly the world’s, strongest tea! Intense, hefty yet surprisingly smooth. It has a doughy note to its aroma with a heavy, malty, spicy taste. It brews very quickly and to a gloriously deep red colour. Learn More
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  2. Lincoln Imp's Black Tea

    Lincoln Imp's Black Tea

    To this day, the Lincoln Imp stands frozen in place....or at least until no-one is looking, when he often indulges his taste for a fine cup of tea by visiting one of Lincoln's other magnificent Norman buildings, home to Imperial Teas. Not content with helping himself to a cup of tea, he also likes to mess around in our blending room. The result is that we have no idea what he puts in this tea from one blend to the next! Needless to say our blending room only contains the finest teas and flavouring ingredients so we can guarantee you get a surprise of quality! We can't promise you'll get the same tea twice though! The tea is strong and malty with a subtle hint of whatever takes the Imp's fancy. Learn More
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  3. Not Your Everday Lincoln Black Tea

    Not Your Everday Lincoln Black Tea

    The blend of Indian and African teas produces a bright, robust cup of tea perfect for all day, every day drinking. It won’t surprise those who like a traditional cup of tea, well apart from the quality! A tea from the Shire that does things better! No offense to the others! Proud Yellowbelly alert! Learn More
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  4. Assam Rasbhari Jaam Black Tea

    Assam Rasbhari Jaam Black Tea

    This very distinctive tea grown in the renowned Itakhooli garden is made from a clonal bush known as K1. It is unique for its natural hint of fresh raspberry flavour and aroma. When taken builder's style with creamy milk and two sugars, it is almost like having a scone, cream and jam! One of my favourite teas of the year for breakfast toast and jam or afternoon tea accompaniment. It has a beautiful tippy appearance which helps to deliver a rich, sappy infusion that is very smooth. Previously listed as Itakhooli. Learn More
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  5. Dambuster's 617 Blend Black Tea

    Dambuster's 617 Blend Black Tea

    When I read that Squadron Leader George 'Johnny' Johnson, the last surviving ‘Dambuster’, having survived the dangerous mission, celebrated with a cup of tea, I was reminded how so often at times of stress and crisis we turn to this ‘water bewitched’ for comfort. The two teas I’ve chosen are a strong, smooth Assam blend and a very special tea that adds a touch of honey, sweet tobacco and malt to the flavour. It also has an intriguing appearance. Learn More
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