Black tea is the most popular tea in the Western world thanks to the British. Because it is fully oxidized, black tea retains its flavour and can be preserved for longer periods of time, which made it ideal for export to Britain, the colonies and around the world. In order to break the Chinese monopoly on tea, the British introduced tea production to India, and eventually to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Kenya. Our tea blends are created with teas from the finest tea regions in the world including China, India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Kenya, Taiwan and Japan.
OUR BLACK TEA OFFERINGS
IRISH BREAKFAST BLACK TEA BLEND
The people of Ireland drink more tea per capita than any other population on Earth, about 6 cups a day. The Irish prefer what some might call a sturdy cup of tea. A stout robust blend of February Kenya BP1 and 2nd flush Assam. Superb colour and very full bodied.
SCOTTISH BREAKFAST BLACK TEA BLEND
A strong, well-rounded black blend with Assam and Yunnan teas. A full bodied, brisk, malty and oaky blend, with a hint of natural smokiness. Great with milk and sugar. Malty, full bodied character with bright flavoury notes and hints of cask oakiness.
ENGLISH BREAKFAST BLACK TEA BLEND
Robust with flavour, our traditional blend of black tea is perfect for starting the day. A perfect breakfast tea with good body and full tea flavour notes. Brews smooth and malty, with a clean finish. Coppery bright – especially enticing with milk. Robust, full body, smooth.
ENGLISH BREAKFAST DECAF BLACK DECAF TEA
This decaf tea is produced using a process developed by Canadian food scientists which removes caffeine without using chemicals of any sort, maintaining its flavour and health benefits. A wonderful all-day breakfast tea that is great with milk.
LAPSANG SOUCHONG BUTTERFLY CHINA BLACK TEA
From the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian province. Leaves are withered over pine fires, pan-fried, rolled, pressed into wooden barrels to ferment, fired again, rolled into strips and smoked in bamboo baskets over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavour.
KEEMUN PANDA #1 CHINA BLACK TEA
Chinese produced only green teas until 1875 to satisfy the English demand for black tea. A properly produced Keemun such as our Panda #1 is considered one of the finest teas in the world with a complex aromatic and penetrating character often compared to burgundy wines.
BORENGAJULI ASSAM BLACK ASSAM ESTATE TEA
Many years ago, Borengajuli’s Estate managers selected the finest plants in the the gardens. Over time, cuttings were made and replanted in the gardens. As a result, Borengajuli is one of the highest yielding estates in terms of exceptional, luxury grade teas. A malty, jammy-like flavour.
BUKHAIL ESTATE PEKOE PF BLACK ASSAM ESTATE TEA
From the Bukhial Estate in Assam India, this tea is grown for European client’s willing to pay for a top quality tea which is malty with a strong ‘mouth-feel’. The tea is cut very fine and is similar in appearance to ground coffee, producing a bold, strong brew.
KENYAN KAMBAA ESTATE BLACK KENYA ESTATE TEA
After India gained independence in 1947, tea planters emigrated to Kenya and brought tea bushes which thrived in the Kenyan climate. Kambaa serves as a manufacturing facility for thousands of small tea farmers in the Kiambu District. Malty flavour with light hints of currant.
GLENDALE ORANGE PEKOE BLACK INDIA ESTATE TEA
Glendale is a premier tea estate in Nilgiri, where tea was first produced in 1859 by Chinese prisoners captured by the British during the Opium Wars. Today Glendale is a model employer, providing workers and families with accommodation, schooling, clinics and places of worship.
TIGER HILL FBOP BLACK INDIA ESTATE TEA
Tiger Hill is a top quality estate in the Nilgiri district where the sun shines more intensely, there are few clouds, the temperature is cooler and there is virtually no rain - perfect for growing tea. The estate began production only in 1971, and produces stunning teas. Sweet floral-like notes.
TARAJULIE ESTATE FBOP BLACK ASSAM ESTATE TEA
The TARAJULIE Estate is exceptionally picturesque, still as wild and untamed as it was when the first planters arrived in 1884. This TARAJULIE FBOP (Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe) 2nd flush offers an exceptional tea. A yellowish bright liquor with a robust cup and deep malt character.
HAPPY VALLEY DARJEELING BLACK DARJEELING ESTATE TEA
The Happy Valley tea estate sits in the mist-shrouded heights of the Himalayas 2,100 meters above sea level. Located just outside the town of Darjeeling, the 437 acre estate has been in operation since 1854. This exceptionally fine leaf represents the finest of Darjeeling’s teas.
LOVERS LEAP ESTATE BLACK SRI LANKA ESTATE TEA
Lover’s Leap is one of the finest tea gardens in Sri Lanka. High elevations with the right conditions produce great teas. When the monsoons sweep in from the Bay of Bengal the top elevations of Lovers Leap are very often above the clouds. A great after-dinner tea.
ENGLISH EARL GREY BLACK HERBAL TEA
Our blend of organic black teas are hand picked from select gardens in Sri Lanka. The full bodied leaves are then blended with precious oil of bergamot to create a superb citrus bouquet and great finish. Make your afternoon tea-time perfect with this timeless classic.
CREAM EARL GREY BLACK HERBAL TEA
Cream Earl Grey has a taste that’s smooth with vanilla overtones. This high grown estate black tea hand is blended with fragrant oil of Bergamot and a touch of French Vanilla. A bright, coppery infusion which is sweet, smooth and rich. An excellent all day tea with a superb finish.
MARGARET'S HOPE BLACK ESTATE DARJEELING TEA
From the Margaret's Estate in the Darjeeling region of India, this tea is grown at very high altitudes in relatively cool weather, resulting in a slow growing bush with limited production. A delicate tending astringent cup with the distinctive ‘Muscatel’ character.
ALPEN MULLED WINE BLACK FLAVOURED TEA
We have blended high grown Ceylon teas with natural flavours to reflect the flavour and character of a traditional Swiss mulled wine. Mountain fresh Bordeaux berry notes tempered with hints of sweet cinnamon.
CHOCOLATE ORANGE BLACK FLAVOURED TEA
We blend teas from the top high-grown districts of Sri Lanka for a classic Ceylon tea character noted by floral bouquet and flavour notes. Next we blend in the flavour of rich chocolate with the zesty essence of fresh oranges. Rich and chocolatey with undertones of orange.
PEACH APRICOT BLACK FLAVOURED TEA
Peach and Apricot's delicate, intensely sweet flavour profiles compliment each other perfectly. This tea blends Peach and Apricot with a high grown Ceylon tea. A tasty combination of mellow peaches with deep, full flavored apricots. Outstanding over ice.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE BLACK HERBAL TEA
This in the blend served by the Queen at her spring Buckingham Palace garden party. Intriguing hints of high-grown Ceylon Earl Grey blend effortlessly with soft Fujian Jasmine, malty Assam, flavourful Dimbula Ceylon, and brisk East of Rift Kenya to create this royal blend.
MONK`S BLEND BLACK HERBAL TEA
Franciscan monks used to drink this tea to keep them awake during long periods of meditation. The dramatic combination of vanilla and grenadine ensures a particularly satisfying cup. Sweet and toasty with a touch of dryness and a subtle bouquet. Perfect any time of the day.
GERMAN GINGERBREAD BLACK HERBAL TEA
Germany take its gingerbread seriously. If you've ever tasted German gingerbread, you'll quickly understand why. This blend embodies the deep, rich flavors of traditional, spicy gingerbread with cinnamon. A bright and coppery infusion with a luscious ginger and sweet cinnamon flavour.
MOROCCAN MINT TEA BLACK HERBAL TEA
When the English introduced them to tea, Moroccans added it to the heavy mint beverage they traditionally brewed. Brewing and serving mint tea is central to social life in Morocco. Traditionally brewed with 2 to 3 teaspoons of sugar per cup - honey may be substituted.
CEYLON NATURAL BLACK ESTATE TEA
The Kenmare Estate in the British colony of Ceylon began operations in 1885, and this tea is still produced on the same patch of land. The dry hot wind known as the Cachan Wind and the warm sun is offset by an annual rainfall of 6 feet, perfect climatic conditions for growing tea.
ASSAM PF ORGANIC BLACK ESTATE TEA
The Assam region of India lies between Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar). Monsoon season sees 10” to 12” of rain and temperature of 103 F, this greenhouse like climate contributing to the tea’s unique malty taste. Certified organic 2nd flush is full bodied and brisk with tremendous flavour.
YORKSHIRE HARROGATE BLACK TEA BLEND
This blend is a tradition in Yorkshire, which is famous for its teashops. The city is home to many ancient wells and this fresh water supply creates a sweetish cup you won't find elsewhere. Few teas have such rich fullness and flavour. A light astringent cup becomes golden bright with milk.
VERSAILLES LAVENDER EARL GREY BLACK TEA BLEND
This tea named after Louis XIV's palace in Versailles blends fresh lavender with the British favourite Earl Grey. The delicate floral bouquet of the lavender compliments the citrus character of Earl Grey's bergamot beautifully.
RUSSIAN EARL GREY BLACK HERBAL BLEND
This blend of Orange Pekoe grade teas is scented with the oil of bergamot, lemon grass, dried orange peel, cornflower petals, and natural flavours. Sultry citrus notes, bright with pleasing citrus overtone and mellow finish.