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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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 pine root and is gentle, clear and full flavoured. Learn More
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  6. Yunnan Imperial

    Yunnan Imperial

    This is a remarkably fine tea for such a small amout of money. It is thick liquored but will not become bitter, even if brewed for ten or more minutes. Its leaf appearance this year is much larger than usual because of weather conditions, meaning it needs a lengthy infusion time to yield all the flavour locked up in them. In the cup it is delicious, with all the typical Yunnan characteristics evident, such as sweet pepperiness and caramel. It is a splendid breakfast tea on its own and is also useful in a blend, adding great weight and smoothness.

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  7. Keemun Hao Ya

    Keemun Hao Ya

    One of the world's best black teas and one from our range with a deeply devoted following. It is deliciouly complex in flavour with a rich liquor that makes it a perfect breakfast tea. This is Lion Mountain's finest offering, although only a very small quantity is made. It has a complex, smooth, malty flavour and golden infusion, with a beautiful hand crafted leaf. A superb tea that can take milk and makes a delightful afternoon drink. Hao Ya is one of China’s ‘Famous Ten’ teas and along with the best Darjeeling offerings considered one of the best black teas in the world.

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  8. Keemun Monkey King Spring Gold

    Keemun Monkey King Spring Gold

    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, honeysweet, 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! We can never get enough of this tea to last the year so try it while you can.

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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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