Welcome to our selection of Black and Pu-erh Teas. To produce black tea, the tea leaves are plucked by hand and then left out in the sun until they are pliable enough to be rolled without the leaf splitting. The leaves are then put into a mechanical tumbler and rolled. This process causes the leaves’ juices to react with the air and then oxidize. The green leaves turn black and are then fired in huge drying ovens to produce the final product. Black tea is the most common tea consumed in this country, with our selections cultivated in China, India and Sri Lanka.
Pu-erh teas are created by hand piling Yunnan black tea for lengthy periods, allowing a true internal fermentation of the leaf to occur. This process gives Pu-erh its unique earthy overtones. This type of tea is cultivated in the world’s best tea growing areas, from tea bushes as tall as trees. Pu-erh has long been valued for its medicinal benefits, believed to aid in digestion and the reduction of cholesterol.
Brewing Tips: Black tea should be made with cold, filtered water that has been brought to a rolling boil (205 degrees F). Using one rounded teaspoon of loose tea or one teabag for each cup required, pour the boiling water over the tea leaves. Black tea should be steeped for 5 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. It is important to remember that Darjeeling tea requires a shorter brewing time and should only be steeped for
3-4 minutes. Black teas yield a vibrant, reddish-brown liquor in the cup.
Pu-erh tea should be made with cold, filtered water that has been brought to a rolling boil (205 degrees F). Pour the boiling water over your loose pu-erh tea. Pu-erh tea begins to infuse at about 1½ minutes and increases to an ideal brewing time of
5 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, the leaves should be removed to prevent further steeping. However, varying from black teas, Pu-erh will not turn bitter if over-steeped. Pu-erh teas yield a vibrant, red-amber liquor in the cup.
A relatively new offering in the mainstream United States tea marketplace, pu-erh teas are made from fermented Yunnan black tea. After picking, the tea is piled and allowed to site for lengthy periods of time, allowing a true internal fermentation of the leaf to occur. This process gives pu-erh its unique earthy overtones. This type of tea is cultivated in the world’s best tea growing areas, from tea bushes, some as tall as trees. Pu-erh has long been valued for its medicinal benefits, believed to aid in digestion and the reduction of cholesterol. Primarily packaged in compressed shapes of varying sizes, our Organic Black Pu-erh, Whole Yunnan Leaf is available in a convenient loose leaf form.
The new 2015 spring crop of Keemun Mao Feng, is one of the finest Keemuns we have ever seen. Also known as Xiang Luo (translated as “Fragrant Spiral”), it has a stylish, beautiful leaf with, fine, tight, curly manufacture and super aromatics. The aromatics and characteristics are due to this tea originating from the first flush of the season.
Our Silver Tip Yunnan is sourced from tea estates located high in the mountains of South China’s Yunnan province. This delightful black tea produces a brew with an exquisite fragrance, somewhat similar to a high grown Ceylon tea. Yunnan’s delicate, almost golden leaves produce a lovely flavor when brewed, one that is lighter than the traditional black teas of South China.
Over 45 years ago, our company’s original tea taster developed a formula of superb quality teas from a variety of origins and characteristics. Today, this blend of four unique China and Sri Lankan teas is still one of our most popular sellers. Nothing has been sacrificed in making this master blend harmonious in flavor and body to produce a well balanced tea.
From the high Himalayas of North India, Darjeeling tea is grown more than 6,000 feet above sea level, where a cooler temperature promotes slow plant growth. This altitude gives the smaller leaves greater flavor and aroma. Tea of this quality is hand-picked once a year from the early summer flush, so supply is always limited. Our selection hints of delicate fruit overtones with each sip. We’re sure those who enjoy a superior Darjeeling will find the stimulating taste, bright color and rich body of this tea a true delight.
This blend of superior Indian teas with exotic pouchong jasmine tea leaves harmonizes the body and flavor of the brew. It is a no-nonsense, strong tea, which has an astringency one feels on the tip of the tongue. Demitasse makes a satisfying conclusion to any meal, whether served straight with lemon peel or with a teaspoon of milk and sugar.
Our Earl Grey blend is comprised of the finest Indian black tea carefully mixed with an enticing large leaf Ceylon tea, both combined with oil of bergamot to produce that classic orange-like flavor. Our blend combines rare and costly ingredients to achieve a bright, yet full-bodied, tea with distinctive aromatic overtones. Our Earl Grey Superior Mixture is a delicately flavored tea with a lovely fragrance.
Comprised of the first tender shoots of the newly grown tea plant, First Flush Darjeeling tea is a seasonal tea offering that is applauded by tea enthusiasts around the world. Our 2015 offering is grown at the Singell Estate DJ-9, a famed estate located in North Western Kurseong region of Darjeeling, just outside Kurseong town. Organically cultivated at an elevation ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 meters from pure China tea bushes dating back to 1860, this years offering has a pleasing leaf manufacture that is often hard to produce in the first picking.
This season’s First Flush Darjeeling selection is comprised of an attractive mix of well-rolled green and black leaves with many silver buds. When brewed, it yields a light gold infusion with a uniquely intoxicating muscatel bouquet. Typical of a stand out First Flush Darjeeling, it finishes with a pleasing citrus sweetness on the palate.
This black tea is world famous for its unique smoky flavor. Exotic woods are used in the old method of hand-firing summer leaves to impart an unusual yet divine taste. So carefully is this done that the finesse of the tea is preserved. Our unique Lapsang Souchong Smoky #1 blend combines this sublime smoky tea with a portion of Ceylon teas to produce an outstanding cup. This is not a tea for those with conventional tastes, but for those who wish to embark on a unique experience.
From the highest slopes of Sri Lankas famous Nuwara Eliya Mountains, these thin, black tea leaves produce a light, delicate and mildly astringent liquor. This is an easy drinking blend that can be taken any time of the day. This brew has a marvelous aroma that is a special treat for rare tea enthusiasts.
This splendid mixture is in the English Breakfast style, enhanced with superb teas from Darjeeling, Assam, Ceylon, as well as China’s Yunnan and Anhui provinces. A strong tea blend, it produces a rewarding experience day or night.
Assam is the base of most of the great Indian tea blends because of its strength, full flavor and deep color. We are one of the few tea blenders to offer 100% pure Assam as an offering. Our Pure Assam Irish Breakfast is a connoisseur’s delight and a popular breakfast tea with a surprisingly delicate character. This tea has malty overtones, which take well to milk and sugar. Our blend is an unforgettable cup to help start your day.
Being a pure China tea blend, our Russian Caravan comes close to the luxury teas that were transported by camel train from the tea-producing areas of India, Ceylon and China to Europe, via Russia during the 18th century. Our Russian Caravan contains chiefly Keemun tea for body and flavor with the addition of Lapsang Souchong tea for an exotic and smoky overtone.
This extra slow-fired tea is of a rare and extraordinary quality. Our most well known and famous blend has an unusual depth, body and color that can be likened in description to a fine wine. A uniquely crafted tea blended with varying China, Formosan and Indian teas, Winey Keemun follows the traditional formulation of an English Breakfast blend. It’s one of our personal favorites.