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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 a bundance 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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  • The rich fruit flavor of Lychee perfectly complements the natural sweetness of Chinese black tea in this blend. Together, they make a refreshing Lychee black tea blend that can be enjoyed either warm or iced, and that pairs well with spicy and savory food. Lychee is native to Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Harvested in the peak of the summer, it is considered cooling with rejuvenating properties.  Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3 Minutes

    Lychee Black Tea

    The rich fruit flavor of Lychee perfectly complements the natural sweetness of Chinese black tea in this blend. Together, they make a refreshing Lychee black tea blend that can be enjoyed either warm or iced, and that pairs well with spicy and savory...

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  • Because this tea is grown at such high altitudes and in relatively cool weather the bushes grow slowly, hence the production is limited. The best time of the year for quality is the second flush (late May - June). During this time Darjeelings are incomparable to any other tea in the world. The fragrance and taste are a complex bouquet that reaches right out of the cup. Some describe as nutty; others detect black currants, but most often it is described as the taste and fragrance of Muscat grapes.

    Margaret's Hope - Second Flush Darjeeling

    Because this tea is grown at such high altitudes and in relatively cool weather the bushes grow slowly, hence the production is limited. The best time of the year for quality is the second flush (late May - June). During this time Darjeelings are...

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  • Although Jun Chiyabari is grown in Nepal, it is certain to delight even the most discerning Darjeeling connoisseur! The cup opens wide with the pointed muscatel bite of a Darjeeling, offset by soft round notes of wheat and moss grounded by good mouth filling astringency.  Steeps a beautiful bright and golden coppery cup. A heavenly delight from the Rooftop of the World.

    Nepal - Jun Chiyabari

    Although Jun Chiyabari is grown in Nepal, it is certain to delight even the most discerning Darjeeling connoisseur! The cup opens wide with the pointed muscatel bite of a Darjeeling, offset by soft round notes of wheat and moss grounded by good mouth...

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  • Russian Caravan is a blend of premium Chinese Black teas. The name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated the 11,000-mile transcontinental journey from Asia thru Russia to Europe. Along the route the tea aged and absorbed various aromas, one being smoke from the nightly campfires. Modern day Russian Caravan has pine smoked Lapsang Souchong rather than the traditional campfire smoke and camel sweat. We blend it with full leaf teas from the Fujian, Yunnan and Anhui provinces of China to complete this superior blend. Steep: 1-1.5 tsp, Boiling Water, 3-5 Minutes

    Russian Caravan

    Russian Caravan is a blend of premium Chinese Black teas. The name originates from the 18th century camel caravans that facilitated the 11,000-mile transcontinental journey from Asia thru Russia to Europe. Along the route the tea aged and absorbed...

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  • Braveheart Scottish Breakfast Blend Earl Grey Black Tea

    Traditional Black Tea Trio

    Looking for a gift idea for your favorite black tea lover? We have put together our three most popular traditional black teas that are perfect for co-workers, teachers, neighbors, friends or yourself! Take the chill off those cold winter days or enjoy...

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  • This is one of the top teas available from Yunnan Province. It is only made during the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April, when the new season growth produces a high percentage of golden tips. It is a distinctive specialty tea, so much so that when it was first exported to London it commanded a title as a “special species of tea". When steeped it produces bright reddish liquor with a brisk and lingering fragrant aroma. Full bodied, brisk, malty and outstanding with milk. Treat yourself to one of the world's great teas!

    Yunnan Extra Fancy Supreme

    This is one of the top teas available from Yunnan Province. It is only made during the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April, when the new season growth produces a high percentage of golden tips. It is a distinctive specialty tea, so...

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  • Yunnan Royal Gold is the finest black tea from China’s Yunnan Province. Made from only golden tips, it produces a rich body and incredible complexity with exactly the right combination of spicy, fruity, and earthiness that is unmatched by any other black tea. The golden tips yield an infusion that is both sweet and bold. This is one of our finest offerings to date and is truly a spectacular tea.

    Yunnan Royal Gold

    Yunnan Royal Gold is the finest black tea from China’s Yunnan Province. Made from only golden tips, it produces a rich body and incredible complexity with exactly the right combination of spicy, fruity, and earthiness that is unmatched by any other...

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