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Black Tea

All teas are made from leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. Black teas are processed in two ways, CTC (Crush, Tear, Curl) or by the orthodox method. The CTC method cuts the leaves into small pieces known as fannings or dust, that are commonly used in tea bags. Orthodox processing is done either by machines or by hand. Hand processing is used for high quality teas. Leaves are fully oxidized under controlled temperature and humidity. The level of oxidation determines the type of the tea; with fully oxidized becoming black tea, low oxidized becoming green tea, and partially oxidized becoming oolong tea. There are four grades of black tea. Whole-leaf teas are the highest quality, and are graded as "orange pekoe." After the whole-leaf teas, the scale degrades to "broken orange pekoe", fannings, then dusts. Whole-leaf teas are the most valuable, especially if they contain leaf tips. Broken leaves are sold as medium-grade loose teas. 

  • Black Tea Ilam 2nd Flush TGFOP

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    Black Tea Ilam 2nd Flush TGFOP

    $7.50

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    Black Tea Ilam 2nd Flush TGFOP

    $7.50

    Nepal

    A second flush leaf with Darjeeling-like characteristics and added floral tones. Very smooth. A hidden treasure of taste.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Black Tea Kopakundah Estate Organic

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    Black Tea Kopakundah Estate Organic

    $7.50

    India, Nilgiri

    A Nilgiri organic single estate, bright in the cup, short finish. Low tannin makes this an easy self drinker.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per (3 gms) 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Black Tea Margaret's Hope 2nd Flush FGTOP

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    Black Tea Margaret's Hope 2nd Flush FGTOP

    $7.50

    India, Darjeeling

    A well known single estate, Margaret's Hope produces a classic, sophisticated 2nd flush. A great afternoon tea experience.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-4 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Black Tea Milima

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    Black Tea Milima

    $7.50

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    Black Tea Milima

    $7.50

    Africa, Kenya

    This African tea produces a mid-weight coppery cup, with a hint of chocolate in the finish.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Black Tea Mim Estate 2nd Flush FGTOP

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    Black Tea Mim Estate 2nd Flush FGTOP

    $7.50

    India, Darjeeling

    A delicate cup with distinctive "Muscatel" character, almost wine-like. A slight hint of almond.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Black Tea Courtlodge Decaffeinated OP

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    Black Tea Courtlodge Decaffeinated OP

    $9.00

    Sri Lanka

    This single estate Ceylon black has been processed using the CO2 method of decaffeination, but still retains it's mid weight Ceylon black flavour.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes.

    Caffeine free.

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  • Black Tea Irish Breakfast Decaffeinated PF

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    Black Tea Irish Breakfast Decaffeinated PF

    $9.50

    Africa, Kenya

    A top quality process. Decaffeinated at the green stage (CO2 method), then allowed to oxidize, this tea maintains a true full malty tea taste.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-6 minutes.

    Caffeine free.

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  • Black Tea Jun Chiyabari 1st Flush TGFOP

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    Black Tea Jun Chiyabari 1st Flush TGFOP

    $10.00

    Nepal

     This tea from the "Rooftop of the World" is much more complex than traditional single estate Darjeeling's. My travels to this garden, have helped me understand the unique differences , clean, crisp, honey. Great start, clean finish, nutty and refreshing. High in antioxidants, low in caffeine. Certainly one of my favourites! 

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-5 minutes. Drink neat (no milk - no sugar)

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Black Tea Tukdah Estate 1st Flush

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    Black Tea Tukdah Estate 1st Flush

    $10.00

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    Black Tea Tukdah Estate 1st Flush

    $10.00

    India, Darjeeling

    India. Darjeeling. TGFOP (Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) Orthodox (Traditional leafy) Bright, lively and full of flavour. Lovely muscatel character with a hint of nuttiness. An excellent 1st flush Darjeeling. Tukdah estate, nestled high in the hills below the soaring majesty of the Himalayas is one of the shimmering jewels in the Darjeeling crown. The monsoon rains appear during the first flush, a period of peak seasonal quality. The rain ensures that estate’s soil remains sufficiently wet for cultivating tea while the steep hillsides ensure that all root stock is kept perfectly drained. Temperatures are cool - much cooler than in the neighboring growing region of Assam resulting in a markedly lighter cup overall when the product of the two are compared. And the tea, every drop of it is superb. Begin with a pure white cup to fully appreciate the light, bright, golden liquor. Inhale the aromas. The aroma hints of sandalwood, the sweetish smell of damp forest canopy and plum. Unmistakable muscatel, with a lingering nutty finish. 

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-7 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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