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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. Ceylon Ruhuna Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ruhuna Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A very distinctive, large leaf that gives a satisfying, good coloured infusion, brightly flavoured with nuances of spice and fruit. Full-flavoured black tea is a distinctively unique Ruhuna speciality. Learn More
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  2. Kenya Kericho Highlands Black Tea

    Kenya Kericho Highlands Black Tea

    The King of African teas which has a medium-strong, slightly flowery flavour and shining orange cup. Learn More
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  3. Milk & Two Builder's Brew

    Milk & Two Builder's Brew

    Tea, milk and sugar combine to make one of the world's most perfect drinks. This is deeply rich, strong, yet creamily smooth with the absolute perfect bite. Next time you offer a tradesperson a cuppa and they ask for milk and two....go on, indulge yourself. It will make you smack your lips with pleasure! Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. Rwanda Gisovu Silverback Black Tea

    Rwanda Gisovu Silverback Black Tea

    Gisovu tea is rich, bold and full of flavour, thanks to the high altitude of the growing slopes and the fertile soil the bushes grow in. Renowned for its fresh, crisp, almost tart finish this tea offers a very refreshing brew. It has a green apple aroma with flavour notes of caramel, currants, rose and hints of pepper. Learn More
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  6. Superior English Breakfast Black Tea

    Superior English Breakfast Black Tea

    Chosen by the 'Independent' newspaper as the perfect breakfast tea, it is a hearty but smooth blend of garden Assam tea with lots of golden tips. Blended solely with quality in mind this traditional 'English' tea uses three different leaf styles to deliver a rounded cup with 'Superior' flavour, aroma and appearance. It is the only breakfast tea we offer, believing that no one would want to drink what could only be considered an 'inferior' breakfast tea! This is best appreciated with the addition of full cream milk using one rounded spoon per cup. Learn More
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  7. Assam River Fortress Black Tea

    Assam River Fortress Black Tea

    When looking for great Assam tea we expect to find teas with great body and aroma. This is no exception, it yields a complex infusion supported by a malty, rich body, with hints of caramel, cinnamon, raisin, apricot, nougat, candied orange peel and molasses. Previously listed as Mokalbari. Learn More
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  8. Ceylon Mountain Stream Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Mountain Stream Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Grown on the eastern slopes of the Central Mountains, this black tea yields a bold and crisp infusion of deep amber that lingers on the palate with delicate notes of astringency. A refreshing cup for the morning or afternoon. The aromatic notes include fresh, sappy wood, plum fruits, molasses through to spice, pepper and mint. Previously listed as Dotel Oya. 1307 Learn More
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  9. 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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