BLACK TEA

All tea starts out as a green leaf. So-called 'black' tea is named for the colour of the leaves and the deep, rich infusion. The process of turning green tea into the black tea most familiar to us in the west is called oxidisation. In the best teas, this can impart flavours such as malt, chocolate, honey, toffee or sweet, woody smokiness.

We offer the best types from the growing countries where the quality of production ensures unique characteristics in the cup.

  1. As low as £6.00
    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!
  2. As low as £15.00
    Whether its a one off gift for Mother's Day, or a daily reminder that you deserve the best of everything, this is the tea to drink! This is a tea to savour, whether as a treat for yourself or a gift from a loved one. It has an incredible, natural aroma so complex and beautiful it rivals anything that comes out of a parfumier's boutique. Notes floral, fruity, caramel, honey, frankincense, grape, bergamot, mint, nectarine, rose, muscatel and dark chocolate are some of the aromatics and flavours swirling around in the infusion.
  3. As low as £21.00
    Jun Chiyabari is a family run tea garden established in April 2000. The tea is aromatic and depending on the variety or cultivar and processing, flowery, fruity, grassy or nutty. This batch also has the special ‘muscatel’ character found in some Darjeeling and Oriental Beauty teas.
  4. As low as £6.00
    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!
  5. As low as £21.00
    This prizewinning tea from Taiwan was as a result of a tea cultivar breeding scheme started over fifty years ago. I have to say it has the most complex flavour I have come across in a black tea and has become my equal favourite type. It is a broadleaf tea cultivar yielding a tea infusion with a natural cinnamon fragrance and a rich, malty flavour. As with all Taiwanese teas, this manages to combine complex floral and fruit flavours with the rich, malty body to make every sip taste different to the last.
  6. As low as £8.00
    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. Hints of chocolate, orchid, rose and a warm, woody character means it is equally at home with or without milk and makes a delightful afternoon tea.
  7. As low as £6.00
    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.
  8. As low as £21.00
    Si Ji Chun is the cultivar selected to make this black tea, and only the best hand plucked summer tea leaves, which have a very high catechin content make the grade. The tea leaves, tight and dark black, produce a deep red, lingering liquor, which tastes smooth, sugar cane sweet and with a strong fragrance and flavour of cinnamon and nutmeg. There are floral notes, grape, damson, eucalyptus and wildflower honey. As with all Taiwanese teas, every sip tastes different to the last. This special tea is made in Zhu Shan in Nantou County, a famous tea growing area.
  9. As low as £8.00
    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. The malty, chocolate notes of the two non-smoked components of the blend are complemented by the sweet, smoked pine fragrance.
  10. As low as £8.00
    A very smooth but full flavoured infusion given a beautiful 'Muscatel' aroma by the touch of Second Flush Darjeeling added to the blend of teas from fine gardens. This is slightly lighter bodied than our Superior English Breakfast but offers a fine, traditional cup of tea any time of the day.
  11. As low as £6.00
    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.
  12. As low as £8.00
    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.
  13. As low as £19.00
    Thailand is a relative newcomer to the world of tea production but due to the use of fine Taiwanese tea stock and expertise is making big waves in the high-quality tea market. This rarity has a fruity, caramel-like bouquet with a cup that shines in amber tones. It is very aromatic with a subtle sweetness and hints of honey on the palate.
  14. As low as £21.00
    The Black Fairy tea is from the north of Vietnam and comes from very old tea trees. This location and the special processing makes for an exceptional tea with a special chocolate taste with hints of forest fruits and sweet, honey like notes. It is exceptionally smooth.
  15. As low as £9.00
    This smooth, full-bodied black tea has bold floral notes, a strong spicy aroma, and a pleasing caramel finish. There are also red grape and cocoa notes that linger. It is similar to a fine Assam tea in its full body but has almost no bitterness, like a golden bud tea from Yunnan.
  16. As low as £17.00
    This tea's appearance, long golden buds in a blend shot through with dark, wiry leaves is beautiful but it is in the cup that this tea really shines. It is made by a tea master with the focus being on maximising the complexity of flavour. As well as all the usual spicy, peppery, subtle earthy notes and a sweetness in the finish, this batch has a very clear note of caramel that we love, with a warm honey flavour too. As you can tell, one of our favourite teas of the year.