Black teas are the world’s most popular teas. China, India and Sri Lanka are considered the traditional countries of origin for black tea, but it is also produced in Africa, South America and other parts of Asia. The characteristic that best defines black tea is that it is a fully oxidized tea. As with white, green, oolong and pu’erh teas, black tea begins as leaves from the Camellia sinensis bush. After the pluck and withering of the tea leaves, they are rolled to break the cell membranes and then left for a period of time to fully oxidize and develop the deep, dark color and flavor we know so well. When the oxidation process is complete, the leaves are fired to stop oxidation and to remove moisture. Flavorings or scenting may be added during the processing or afterward.
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Assam Halmari Estate
This is my favorite assam–it’s consistently fabulous from year to year. It’s bold, yet smooth and has a nice sweet lift on the finish and is wonderful with milk and sugar. Assam is a low grown tea (at sea level) so has the deep red color and robust taste that many black tea lovers crave. Assam is one of the blending teas in English Breakfast tea (the other being Ceylon).
This lovely hand-made tea is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste. It has a deep, rich malty taste and natural sweetness that can only come from loving and careful cultivation and processing. I drink this straight up, but its wonderful with milk and sugar.
Bond Street Blend
A yummy blend of assam, ceylon, darjeeling and keemun–some think it better than a traditional breakfast tea! Try it for afternoon tea–cold or hot. There are layers of flavors in this tea
Ceylon Kenilworth Estate OP
This is one of the most popular Ceylon teas! When I first started exploring tea, this was one I quickly adopted as my favorite breakfast tea. It is flavorful and well rounded, but never harsh or bitter. A classic mid-grown Ceylon that has all the character you expect from a good Ceylon tea.
Ceylon New Vinathakanda Estate
A low grown Ceylon from the Ratnapurna Region. This tea is bold and robust with none of the bitterness of other strong black teas. It is delicious plain or with milk and sugar. Use this tea when making up your own masala chai tea mix–its a great base tea!
Darjeeling Glenburn Estate 1st Flush
An unbelievably fragrant and rich 1st flush tea! This is smooth and flavorful, yet light and easy to drink anytime of day. You won’t find another 1st flush darjeeling to compare to this!
English Breakfast–Roberta’s Blend$3.75
It is one of my biggest annual challenges: finding a good quality, authentic Golden Monkey and this one is it! It is complex with deep cocoa notes both on the dry nose and in the lovely dark amber liquor–giving two delicious infusions. Golden Monkey is considered a Panyang congou tea and is traditionally from Fujian Province in mainland China. I have many fans of this hard to find tea so spend extra time each year to find the best possible available.
This is a delicious black tea–rich and smooth and a favorite of many black tea lovers. We are very happy to have found the 2016 harvest that is as good as our earlier version.
Keemun Hao Ya A
From Anhui Province, Keemun Hao Ya A has a complex, unique flavor with depth and sweetness. This tea will appeal to anyone who likes a strong black tea and appreciates complexity.
Kenyan Oryx Rundu Black
A high quality whole leaf tea from Kenya, Rundu tastes like a really good Assam. Its richness comes through and delights on its own or indulge with milk and sugar.
Organic Chinese Irish Breakfast Tea
This sounds like a mouthful…and it truly is a delightful one. Keemun and Assam come together to create a full bodied, bold black tea that is great as a self drinker or with milk and sugar.
Organic Irish Breakfast Tea
This is a Ceylon tea from the Venture Tea Garden of the Uva District. This tea garden is not only organic, it also uses bio-dynamic growing principles. Stout and full of character, it offers a peaty, fruity, plum-like cup. It has a nice balance of intense flavor and good mouth feel.
Organic Keemun Mao Feng
If you are a Keemun fan, you will love this version! It has wonderful depth and character while being organic, and, a great value!
Puget Sound Gold
One of my creative blends: a fruity, hearty Assam comes together with a low-grown Ceylon to create a wonderful breakfast tea that is just a step above all other breakfast teas! This has turned out to be a favorite of many long-term customers here at Experience Tea. I’d be in trouble if I ever stopped blending it.
Superior Black Bi lo chun 2016
Our 2016 offering of this luscious tea! Bi lo chun is traditionally a green tea, but the teamaker decided to treat us all to its black version and this is truly a superior version of the one we’ve carried in the past. This tea is gorgeous with a silky, heavy body and smooth rich flavor that has a natural caramel/gingerbread flavor. It steeps twice with great results. I’ve carried this Chinese black tea for four years now and have a growing group of devotees for it.
Yunnan Golden Bud
All Golden Bud teas are not created equal and this is a supreme example of a great one! It is complex and naturally sweet with cocoa and citrus notes on the front, finishing with a lovely honey expression. This tea easily steeps two times and with patience, probably three.
Yunnan Hong Cha
A great value Yunnan tea with a hint of earthiness and a velvety texture , while also offering characteristic sweetness. If you have never tried a Chinese black tea, this is a wonderful one to start with. It’s sometimes referred to as Dian Hong.