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Indian Black Tea

Some of the most rich teas on the planet, Indian black teas are as flavorful as they are delicate. Choose from a wide variety of loose leaf organic and conventional Assam, Sikkim, Nilgiri, Darjeeling and Himalayan black teas.

Himalayan teas are a great alternative to expensive single-estate Darjeelings. While they are not grown within the Darjeeling district itself, Himalayan teas exhibit the same light, refreshing flavor as do the teas from their more prestigious neighbors.

Tindharia Estate First Flush FTGFOP1 (2022 EX-1) Darjeeling
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Harvested on March 8, 2022, this is the very first plucking of the first flush season at Tindharia Estate. A profusion of downy silver tips decorate the olive-green leaves, which produce a fragrant golden liquor redolent with buttery floral notes suggestive of honeysuckle. The silky smooth cup fills your mouth with a lively feel that awakens the palate. Classic floral notes pair with a fruity sweetness reminiscent of juicy pineapple, which linger into the crisp finish. A truly delightful way to enjoy a tea moment at any time of day.

TD204 |
$2.64/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 3, 2022, this stellar first flush Darjeeling intoxicates with its fresh floral fragrance. Upon first sip, the vibrant gold liquor fills your mouth with a buttery smooth feeling like golden cornsilk. Enlivened by a rich honey sweetness, the classic floral character conjures a stroll through a lush spring garden. Vegetal hints linger in the crisp finish, completing a delightful tea moment.

TD203 |
$3.26/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Pronounced floral/herbaceous notes permeate the sweet aroma of this broken-leaf second flush Darjeeling. The dark amber cup fills your mouth with rich notes of fruit and honey, which linger into the crisp finish. A great choice for a splash of milk, if desired.

TD186 |
$0.50/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Chunky leaves, in variegated shades of brown, produce a solid cup redolent with fragrant layers of fruit and spice, complemented by toasty/nutty hints. The dark amber liquor exhibits rich toasty notes wrapped in a stone fruit sweetness, which becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. This sweet character makes this second flush Darjeeling the perfect choice for iced tea.

TD185 |
$0.56/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on February 24, 2022, this outstanding first flush Darjeeling is referred to as ‘Jethi Kupi,’ an auspicious title given to the earliest first flush harvests at the Rohini Estate. The bright golden liquor is light and refreshing with a buttery smooth cornsilk mouth feel. The fresh aroma is delicate and floral with gentle vegetal hints. The classic floral cup is embraced by tropical fruit and sweet toasty hints. A crisp, lingering finish completes an exemplary tea experience, imbued with sunshine and felicity.

TD202 |
$2.67/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A rich cocoa aroma, intensified by a honey sweetness, introduces this broken-leaf Assam selection. The hearty cup is velvety smooth and malty with hints of cocoa and a stone fruit sweetness that increases as the tea cools. The finish lingers on a crisp note.

TA157 |
$0.37/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A full complement of downy golden tips adorns the dark brown leaves of this Assam offering. The dark ruby-copper liquor presents a complex aroma with interwoven layers of malt, spice, cocoa and red wine. Malty/toasty notes pair well with a thick cocoa flavor in the rich, full-bodied cup. A stone fruit sweetness and hints of warm spice lead to a crisp, clean finish. The perfect choice for adding a dollop of milk.

TA152 |
$0.47/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A pronounced sweetness, reminiscent of a sugared baked good, balances well with the lively astringency and thick, rich mouth feel of this Assam selection. The enticing aroma exhibits hints of malt and toastiness, enhanced by a dried fruit intensity. In the full-bodied cup, cocoa notes take center stage, complemented by a suggestion of red wine that lingers into the finish.

TA144 |
$0.24/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Smooth and rich, this second flush Darjeeling offers pronounced muscatel notes in both the fragrant aroma and the dark amber cup. Nutty/toasty nuances and hints of honey lead to a dry, lingering finish that hints of spice. Another sublime selection from Victoria’s Peak, a division of the renowned Steinthal Estate.

TD187 |
$1.22/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Golden downy tips provide a beautiful contrast to the bold dark-brown leaves of this outstanding Assam selection. The dark copper liquor offers a malty aroma, complemented by a honey sweetness and bright hints of spice. The cup is smooth yet lively, with a complex flavor profile featuring layers of malt and cocoa, enhanced by nutty hints and nuances of warm spice that linger in the finish. Enjoy neat or with a splash of milk.

TA150 |
$0.47/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A plethora of downy golden tips adorns this imperial broken-leaf offering, which produces a velvety smooth cup with an inviting malty aroma that hints of Burgundy. The dark ruby-copper liquor is rich and toasty with a hint of malt and a crispness that lingers into the finish.

TA151 |
$0.33/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Smooth and lively with a pronounced toasty aroma, this broken-leaf second flush offering is the perfect choice when you’re looking for a rich, full-bodied Darjeeling. Hints of muscatel sweetness support the warm toasty character in both the aroma and the dark amber cup. The finish lingers with a suggestion of honeyed fruit. A great value.

TD192 |
$0.34/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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This broken-leaf Assam selection boasts a well-balanced mix of dark brown leaves and downy golden tips, which yields a dark copper liquor with a malty aroma that hints of cocoa. A full, solid mouth feel supports notes of cocoa and malt, enhanced by a stone fruit sweetness. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TA154 |
$0.38/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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In this superb second flush Darjeeling selection, warm notes of toast and fruit weave together in the fragrant aroma, reminiscent of stone fruit jam on toast. This rich combination reveals itself in the silky smooth flavor as well, complemented by hints of spice that linger into the finish. Try a splash of milk to enhance this tea’s great qualities.

TD201 |
$0.41/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Producing premium teas since 1856, the Meleng Estate is one of the oldest tea gardens in Assam. Decorated with a sprinkling of golden tips, the dark brown leaves of this selection produce a deep copper liquor fragrant with pronounced notes of malt and hints of cocoa, complemented by a dried fruit sweetness. The strong, thick cup offers a complex flavor profile with layers of honey, dark baking chocolate, oak and spice. The lingering finish exhibits a dryness reminiscent of a fine Burgundy wine. Excellent with milk.

TA153 |
$0.61/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Another stellar selection from one of our favorite estates, this well-crafted second flush Darjeeling produces a silky smooth cup with a warm toasty aroma hinting of fruit. A whisper of tropical fruit in the dark amber cup adds an ambrosial sweetness to rich muscatel notes that linger long into the finish.

TD200 |
$0.41/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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This finely particled “Golden Orange Fannings” leaf Assam tea produces a dark copper cup with rich flavor and a warm toasty aroma that hints of malt. A stone fruit sweetness enhances flavor notes of dark baking cocoa and malt, complemented by a full mouth feel and ending with a smooth, lingering finish. While the GOF grade of tea is often used for blending, this selection is an excellent self drinker while also being strong enough to accommodate a dollop of milk, if desired.

TA200 |
$0.26/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Located in the majestic Darjeeling Himalayan hill region, at an elevation range of 3,000-6,000 feet, the Margaret’s Hope Estate has been producing outstanding teas for over a century and a half. This second flush offering continues that fine tradition with its rich fruity character, exhibiting mouth-filling notes of muscatel, enhanced by a honey sweetness and toasty/woody hints. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TD184 |
$0.61/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Offerings from the Castleton Estate have always been among our favorites of each season. With its rich fruity flavor and complex, inviting aroma, this exemplary second flush selection is sure to satisfy the Darjeeling lover. The medium amber cup is velvety smooth with a warm toastiness balanced by a honey sweetness. A lively, lingering finish completes a great tea experience.

TD183 |
$0.61/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Downy golden tips adorn long, dark brown leaves in this outstanding Assam offering from one of our favorite estates. A stone fruit sweetness complements pronounced malty notes in the inviting aroma. The dark ruby-copper cup is rich and full-bodied with a complex flavor profile that reveals notes of malt and Burgundy with hints of oak, sweet biscuit and amaretto. A whisper of rose lingers in the finish. Add a splash of milk to enhance this eye-opener’s fine attributes.

TA158 |
$0.39/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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The Halmari Estate is well known for producing consistently high-quality, robust Assam teas. This broken-leaf offering carries on that tradition with its rich, eye-opening character. The dark copper liquor is fragrant with notes of malt and cocoa, sweetened by hints of stone fruit. A thick mouth feel supports a complex flavor profile — notes of malt, Burgundy, amaretto and rose, wrapped in a warm oak/toasty layer, and complemented by a whisper of honey. The finish lingers with a pleasant astringency. Try it with a splash of milk, if desired.

TA159 |
$0.39/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The dark brown leaves of this organic second flush selection, enhanced by a scattering of silver tips, produce a deep copper liquor. Its warm, sweet aroma, rich with mouth-watering toasty hints of dried fruit, is the overture to creamy tropical and rich honey notes in the syrupy, full-bodied cup. The finish is crisp and tart with a lingering sweetness, which becomes more pronounced as this tea cools, making it the perfect choice for iced tea if you desire.

TD193 |
$0.39/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This second flush Darjeeling blend boasts a rich muscatel aroma and flavor, heightened to an ambrosial quality by a pronounced honey sweetness. The dark amber cup finishes with a pleasant astringency that lingers on the palate. A great value for second flush Darjeeling aficionados!

TDB8 |
$0.44/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This first flush Darjeeling blend features bold attractive leaves, in shades of olive-green, which produce a bright, smooth cup with a rich mouth feel. Notes of tropical fruit and honeysuckle bloom in the amber gold liquor, leading to a refreshingly crisp finish that lingers on the palate. A great value for first flush Darjeeling aficionados!

TDB7 |
$0.44/cup
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