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Black tea is more oxidized than the green, oolong and white varieties; all four varieties are made from leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea is generally stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than the less oxidized teas. In Chinese black tea is known as red tea; a more accurate description of the color of the liquid. In Chinese, "black tea" is a commonly used classification for post-fermented teas, such as Pu-erh tea. However, in the western world, "red tea" more commonly refers to South African rooibos tisane.

Brewing Instructions:

Generally a teaspoon of black tea per cup should be used. Black teas should be prepared with boiling water and steeped 3-4 minutes. Black teas that will be served with milk or lemon should be steeped a little longer, 4-5 minutes.

History:

While green tea usually loses its flavor within a year, black tea retains its flavor for several years. For this reason, it has long been an article of trade, and compressed bricks of black tea even served as a form of de facto currency in Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia into the 19th century. It was known since the Tang dynasty that black tea steeped in hot water could also serve as a passable cloth dye for the lower classes that couldn't afford the better quality clothing colors of the time. However, far from being a mark of shame, the "brown star" mark of the dying process was seen as much better than plain cloth and held some importance as a mark of the lower merchant classes through the Ming Dynasty. Traditionally, black tea was the only tea known to Western culture. Although green tea has been gradually increasing in popularity, black tea still accounts for over ninety percent of all tea sold in the West.

Health Benefits:

A 2001 Boston University study has concluded that short and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This finding may partly explain the association between tea intake and decreased cardiovascular disease events. In 2006, a German study concluded that the addition of milk prevents vascular protective effects of tea.

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An exquisite Earl Grey character mellowed with soft hints of cream. If you are fan of Earl Grey and have not tried tried this, you are in for a treat. Cream Earl Grey has a taste that is smooth with vanilla overtones, which stand out above the premium bergamot flavor - the signature taste of Earl Grey.

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Green and black tea come together with this sweet and fruity tea. An initial jasmine taste quickly gives way to a fruity sherbet aftertaste. If you like sweet creamy teas with milk and sugar this one is sure to please.
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A classic black tea smoked over a fire and made with a blend of Keemun, Lapsang, Yunnan and Assam teas. This tea is not for everyone, but those who have found a love for it will accept no substitute. It is also lower in caffeine then other black teas.
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A full bodied tea that complements the coconut beautifully. A little milk helps bring out the coconut flavor.
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An intriguing twist to traditional Earl Grey. Rose petals make a striking visual display and add an interesting delicious floral note to the rich black tea and citrus.
Thumbnail of Masala Chai | Organic
Masala chai literally translates to spiced tea. There are as many different recipes as people making it. We blend this tea with a classic recipe so that it is spicy and full bodied.
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A superb fresh morning tea. Malty notes from the Assam, flower-like hints from the Kenya with delicate wisps of oiliness from Anhui. This tea has been specifically blended to be used with a variety of water types, and conditions.
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This blend brews very sweet even though no sugar is added. A cinnamon lover's dream come true. A combination of hearty Chinese and Indian black tea and invigorating cinnamon.

Many cinnamon teas have a watery aftertaste due to the use of low grade teas. The black tea here has the stamina to last through the whole tasting process.
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This orange pekoe Irish Breakfast is made from a blend of Indian and Chinese teas. Unlike many lesser Irish Breakfasts, our blend has whole leaves and includes golden tips. Sweet aroma with a brisk aftertaste, this tea really shines with milk and sugar.
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This tea is like a proper Highlander, robust, malty (not unlike a good Scotch) and full of life and vigor. Highlanders liked their tea very strong and insisted on hints of cask oak to remind them of their clan's own special elixir, single malt Scotch. Our Scottish breakfast has some CTC grade tea, this allows the tea to brew strong and quickly. Look for the small pellets in the picture. This tea is dry compared to an 'English breakfast' and is absent of the sweetness. Best when served with milk and sugar.
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This tea is 100% natural, no chemicals or pesticides were used in its production - what you see, smell, and taste - is what you get! This Earl Grey will please the taste of the most discriminating Earl Grey tea drinker. Some say add honey and lemon; some say add milk and sugar; some say drink it without adding anything. You decide!
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Whole leaf black tea. A sweet and fruity blend of Indian, Ceylon, and Chinese teas. With a light body this tea is substantial enough to add milk and sugar; however, it can also be enjoyed without adding anything.
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A delicious combination of excellent high grown tea, rich fresh vanilla, and a lovely cream character. This tea is designed for special occasions, as well as being a dessert tea, but most drink it all the time because its taste is so delectable.
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An interesting twist on the traditional Earl Grey, this tea is made with Chinese Lapsang Souchong to add a savory smoothness to the citrus notes of Bergamot. Best in the afternoon, and suggested without milk.
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A pleasing blend of black tea, green tea and mint with a whiff of bergamot that is similar to our Moroccan Mint but with a bit of citrus. Sweet and pungent, a bracing tea to be drunk hot, iced, alone or with sugar.
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A sophisticated twist to an undeniably sophisticated black tea. Vintage Earl Grey adds the subtleties of rose and lavender to the familiar well-loved tradition of Italian orange bergamot for a smashing afternoon delight. Enjoyed with an intimate circle of friends or in your own personal retreat time, this soothing and lively combination will stir memories of pleasant times well spent.
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This Yunnan black (Dianhong) tea is a type of Chinese black tea, and is a high end gourmet black tea. When viewed from a distance, the golden tips appear bright orange in colour. The tea liquor is bright red in colour and exhibits a gentle aroma and a sweet taste.

The main difference between Dianhong and other Chinese black teas is the amount of fine leaf buds, or "golden tips," present in the dried tea.

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The Kama Sutra is a book on the science of love - Kama translates as desire, and Sutra means manual. In the spirit of sensuousness and discovery offered by the ancient text we offer this fabulous tea - a real mélange a spice and floral notes.
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A flavory and tasty combination of mellow peaches with deep full flavored apricots. Makes an absolutely tremendous iced tea.
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Graded STGFOP (Special Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe), this tea has the highest proportion of tips. The "special" means it also uses the highest quality leaves in that classification.

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