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Black Tea

Fully oxidized black tea is the most popular type of tea on the American market and is available in a wide variety of flavors, which vary depending on soil quality, elevation, and time of harvest. Single-estate loose leaf teas provide the connoisseur with an array of choices that cannot be found with prepackaged teabags. Black teas can be enjoyed all day-- from a morning pick-up to an evening indulgence after dinner. Choose from a variety of naturally flavored black teas and classics like Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam, and Ceylon.

loose leaf China black tea
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We are excited to offer this outstanding black tea selection as most teas of this superior quality do not leave China. Less than 9 kilograms was produced in Tong Mu, located high in the Wuyi Mountains (formerly Bohea Hills) of northern Fujian province. The large wiry, ebony-brown leaves yield a dark ruby-amber liquor with an inviting caramel aroma hinting of marzipan. The exquisitely smooth cup fills your mouth with a rich depth of flavor – toasted almond notes, hints of warming spices and honeyed apricot, a whisper of earthy smokiness – all embraced by a sweet syrupy quality. The finish lingers with a whisper of spice. This stellar selection is truly a joy to savor.

ZP102 |
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Rich and full-bodied, this 2020 organic second flush offering has a pronounced honey sweetness that enhances its complex flavor profile. Nutty/toasty hints complement notes of muscatel and stone fruit in the dark copper cup, leading to a silky smooth finish. This tea is a great choice for those who enjoy a splash of milk in their Darjeeling tea.

TD75 |
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 4th, 2021, this superior selection is the second plucking of the 2021 first flush season at the Upper division of Namring Estate, one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling district. Ultra-bold leaves, in shades of olive green accented with silver tips, produce a pale amber-gold cup, fragrant with hints of tropical fruit. A smooth buttery mouth feel complements pronounced floral notes and hints of corn silk, enfolded in a rich honey sweetness that lingers long into the finish.

TD167 |
loose leaf Assam black tea
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From the 2020 season at Doomni Estate, this classic top-shelf Assam displays a stunning leaf appearance with an abundance of downy golden tips. With its eye-opening fragrance redolent of malt and toffee, the dark copper cup hits the palate with a bracing intensity and thick, robust mouth feel. Notes of cocoa, malt and spice weave together to create a rich and warming flavor profile that lingers long into the finish. A superlative tea experience.

TA147 |
Assam Golden Tips Loose Leaf Black Tea
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This exquisite golden-tipped Assam offering boasts vibrant aromatics and a coterie of rich flavors in the ruby-copper cup. Notes of malt, toffee, spice and cocoa reveal themselves more fully as the tea cools. A smooth yet lively mouth feel awakens the palate and lingers long into the finish.

TA145 |
$3.75/cup
loose leaf tea in tins gift set
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This deluxe gift set includes a collection of four plug-top tins in your choice of the following themed variations: (A) Breakfast Blends – TB10T: Bond Street English Breakfast, TB18T: Ceylon English Breakfast Select, TB05T: Mincing Lane Breakfast Blend and TB14T: Scottish Breakfast Blend ; (B) Teatime – TJ06T: Bancha First Grade Organic, TT18T: Formosa Oolong Choicest , TB89T: South Street Breakfast Blend and NT11T: Extra Bergamot Earl Grey; (C) Tea Blends – TA40T: Tippy Orthodox GFOP Assam, TB05T: Mincing Lane Breakfast Blend, TB70T: Finest Russian Caravan and TD50T: No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling. Beautifully packaged in our blue gift box.

Please note that the tins in this gift set cannot be personalized.

GS55 |
$48.00
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on February 26, 2021, this superlative first flush offering is the very first plucking of the 2021 season at the Rohini Estate, located in the Kurseong valley of Darjeeling district. The exquisite leaves display full leaf sets, crowned with downy silver tips. Accented by notes of honey and corn silk, the sweet aroma evokes the freshness of early spring. The delicate amber-gold cup is buttery smooth with classic floral notes, complemented by light vegetal hints. A lively crisp quality lingers in the finish, completing an unparalleled tea experience.

With the introduction of this special tea, Upton Tea Imports is proud to continue our tradition of being the first US tea company to offer the very first harvest from the first flush Darjeeling season of 2021.

TD166 |
$2.67/cup
loose leaf China black tea
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A rich chocolate aroma and flavor are showcased in this premium China black tea selection from Yunnan province. Toasty hints warm the velvety smooth mouth feel of the dark copper cup. The finish is long and lingering.

ZY100 |
$0.67/cup
loose leaf black tea
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Elegant, downy gold tips are showcased in this superb black tea offering from Yunnan province. A sweet cocoa aroma pairs well with toasty/biscuity notes in the thick, rich cup. A silky smooth mouth feel envelops hints of cocoa that linger long into the finish.

ZY44 |
$0.91/cup
loose leaf Assam white tea
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This rare Assam Silver Tips tea is exclusively downy, silver-white tea tea buds. The pale golden cup offers a toasty aroma with gentle hints of fruit and corn silk. The buttery smooth mouth feel supports a complex flavor profile with ripe fruit hints, suggestive of melon and apricot. A fleeting whisper of Assam maltiness lingers in the sweet finish. A must try for white tea aficionados.

TA137 |
$3.38/cup
Ceylon loose leaf black tea
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In this premium selection, a bounty of small golden tips provides a stunning contrast to the dark brown leaves. The medium amber cup is rich and full-bodied with a classic brisk character and honeyed fragrance. Burgundy notes join hints of spice and raisin, lingering in the finish.

TC49 |
$1.43/cup
2020 Gielle Estate First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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An inviting aroma, fragrant with pronounced notes of stone fruit, introduces this 2020 first flush offering. The light golden amber cup is very sweet and juicy, with the complementary pair of buttery floral notes and ripe tropical fruit hints. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TD140 |
$1.55/cup
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