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Black Teas

Black loose leaf tea is allowed to oxidize more completely than all other types of loose leaf tea. Black loose leaf tea usually offers the strongest flavors and, in some cases, the greatest astringency. Black teas are the only style of tea regularly consumed with milk and sugar (though some dark Oolong drinkers may disagree) and are the most popular bases for iced tea.

Famous black loose leaf teas include, Sri Lanka, or Ceylon, Tea, Keemun, Assam, Yunnan and Darjeeling.

Our black loose leaf teas are carefully selected and hand-crafted by tea masters. We micro-blend and package small batches assuring you get the best loose leaf tea from each harvest.

At The Spice & Tea Shoppe we never compromise on quality and strive to offer you only the best loose leaf tea because we feel you deserve it.

  • Chai is steeped in a rich history. The name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”. In this case, the Hindi term chai means a mix of spices steeped into a tea-like beverage. Recipes for chai vary across continents, cultures, towns and families. The traditional ingredients of a spiced tea blend usually include black tea mixed with strong spices. The spiced tea mixture is typically brewed strong with milk and sweetened with sugar or honey. However, the milky sweet tea treat we order in coffee and tea shops today has very little in common with the origins of Indian chai. Pair our Assam Chai Base black tea with our hand blended Authentic Chai Masala and you will experience the truly incredible flavors of real Indian street chai.

    Assam Chai Base

    Chai is steeped in a rich history. The name “chai” is actually the Hindi word for “tea”, which was derived from “cha”, the Chinese word for “tea”. In this case, the Hindi term chai means a mix of spices...

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  • Ceylon black tea cultivated at The Vithanakanda Estate is beautiful in both looks and taste. An excellent basic black tea that holds up well to cream and sweetener, if desired, and even goes well as an iced tea. In fact, it is so versatile that we even recommend it as the black tea of choice when pairing with our Authentic Chai Masala spice blend. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-4 Minutes

    Ceylon - New Vithanakanda Estate

    Ceylon black tea cultivated at The Vithanakanda Estate is beautiful in both looks and taste. An excellent basic black tea that holds up well to cream and sweetener, if desired, and even goes well as an iced tea. In fact, it is so versatile that we even...

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  • This Assam is a black tea grown at the Khongea Estate in India. The Khongea Estate Assam has received the highest grade available at SFTGFOP (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) and includes lots of golden tips, hence it will have a delicate, slightly malty full flavored taste that is wonderful with milk. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-4 Minutes

    Delicate Assam - Khongea Estate

    This Assam is a black tea grown at the Khongea Estate in India. The Khongea Estate Assam has received the highest grade available at SFTGFOP (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) and includes lots of golden tips, hence it will have a...

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  • Gielle Estate First Flush Darjeeling is cultivated at one of the finest estates and is one of the most popular Darjeelings. This premium selection is harvested in April or May and produces a flowery, aromatic flavor with a light cup appearance.

    Gielle Estate - First Flush Darjeeling

    Gielle Estate First Flush Darjeeling is cultivated at one of the finest estates and is one of the most popular Darjeelings. This premium selection is harvested in April or May and produces a flowery, aromatic flavor with a light cup appearance. Steeping...

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  • An excellent handrolled black tea from the province of Guangxi in the South of China. The rolled leaf resembles a snail and displays an a bundance of goldentips. Taste wise very unique with hints of cocoa and malt. Overall very mellow.

    Golden Dragon

    An excellent handrolled black tea from the province of Guangxi in the South of China. The rolled leaf resembles a snail and displays an abundance of golden tips. Taste wise very unique with hints of cocoa and malt. Overall very mellow. Steeping...

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  • Known as "prince of teas", China's Keemun tea of is renowned for its fragrance and history since the Qing dynasty. High grade and unblended, this champagne of teas has a deep red liquor and the intense aromatic flavor of an exceptional and traditional black tea with a hint of smoky essence. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-5 Minutes

    Keemun Superior

    Known as "prince of teas", China's Keemun tea of is renowned for its fragrance and history since the Qing dynasty. High grade and unblended, this champagne of teas has a deep red liquor and the intense aromatic flavor of an exceptional and traditional...

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