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Chinese Black Tea

Chinese Black Tea | Imperial Teas

The whole range of these handmade teas deserves to be tried. They are intriguingly varied in character but are all surprisingly rich, sweet and malty with subtle chocolatey undertones and make wonderful breakfast teas. Amongst them you will find teas seldom seen outside of China and batches made to our specific specification. Most of them are suitable for taking with milk but are equally at home without. The brewing procedure is quite different though, depending which method you opt for. If you take them with milk brew them like an Assam, for between 5-7 minutes. If you prefer it without milk, brew for two minutes and then using the same leaves you can brew once or twice again. The difference in flavour is most beguiling.

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  1. Keemun Lion Mountain

    Keemun Lion Mountain

    Chinese black teas are very versatile for the fact that, depending on one's taste, they can be made strongly and drunk with milk, or taken black when a bright, gentle brew may be appreciated in the early evening. This Keemun from the Lion Mountain in Anhui province to the west of Shanghai is the next highest grade after the Hao Ya teas. Its flavour is malty with a subtle hint of fruit and its famed aroma is compared to orchid, rose and chocolate, which is also evident in the infusion. A very reasonably priced tea for its high quality.

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  2. China Rose

    China Rose

    This traditional blend of mellow black tea and rose petals, made in China, has been popular for centuries. Layers of freshly plucked petals are sandwiched between layers of tea to impart their exotic perfume.

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  3. Smoky Caravan

    Smoky Caravan

    A blend not dissimilar to our Russian Caravan but with the addition of some Tarry Lapsang Souchong. In truth, this recipe is closer to the original 'Russian Caravan' flavour which has changed over the years to suit the British palate. One can, however, imagine this tea brewing on top of a steaming Samovar and listening to Alexander Pushkin reciting his poems.

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  4. Russian Caravan

    Russian Caravan

    A classic blend that has doubtless changed over the centuries but this version is still incredibly popular. It is a blend of two distinctive types of tea from China that combine to produce a smooth, light and refreshing cup. It is equally at home with or without milk and makes a delightful afternoon tea.

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  5. Tarry Lapsang Crocodile

    Tarry Lapsang Crocodile

    The original and best grade of this famous smoky tea is grown in a nature reserve. It is smoked naturally with the authentic Chinese fir root and is gentle, clear and full flavoured.

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  6. Keemun Black Tiger

    Keemun Black Tiger

    This very rare tea is grown in the Qimen, or Keemun county of China’s Anhui Province. It is grown on a variety of bush that in early spring sprouts long, tender golden buds. It is one of China’s famous ‘Gongfu’ teas, which means made with great skill. The resulting tea is wonderfully smooth with a honeysweet, orchid aroma and gentle, sweet chocolate, malty tones with hints of rose. The leaves have a lovely black bloom and the infusion is a clear and brilliant red.

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  7. Valentine Breakfast Tea

    Valentine Breakfast Tea

    Blended with breakfast in bed in mind. The smooth, strong blend is rich in the cup with subtle notes of cocoa and the merest hint of rose. I'm sure this will appeal long after Valentine's day as an ideal blend for those who like just a twist of the exotic to their traditional tea. 

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  8. Lu Yu Golden Thread

    Lu Yu Golden Thread

    Lu Yu Golden Thread is a special grade of Chinese black tea produced in the high elevation tea gardens of western Hubei, China. Each year, this ‘golden hao ya’ tea is carefully selected from the farmers’ earliest batches of spring tea. It has a mellow and refreshing character that is smooth with low astringency. It is expertly oxidised, with even graded leaves and big, golden buds. It is wonderfully full-flavored with a rich body and is a treat for black tea lovers. A Chinese poet described Enshi, where this tea is grown as "Endless green mountains to walk on, endless clear water going away". If taking without milk, brew in the Chinese style with 2g of tea, three minute infusion time but the leaves can be brewed 3-4 times.

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  9. Fuchow Golden Needle

    Fuchow Golden Needle

    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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