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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.

Decaffeinated Assam loose leaf black tea
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Whole-leaf or broken-leaf Assam (depending on availability), decaffeinated with pure carbon dioxide.

TXA9 |
$0.36/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 11 Reviews
Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast loose leaf black tea
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This premium blend of decaffeinated broken-leaf Assam black teas produces a rich, full-bodied cup. The aroma is sweet with hints of malt. The dark copper liquor is bright with a smooth mouth feel, leading to a pleasant pungency lingering in the finish.

TBX9 |
$0.34/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 9 Reviews
USDA Organic Decaffeinated Darjeeling organic loose leaf black tea
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The top standard of decaffeinated Darjeeling tea available, and by far the best we have cupped. Please note that even the best decaffeinated teas lose some of the flavor and complexity of their unprocessed counterparts.

TXD8 |
$0.42/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf black tea
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A tin (approx 35g) each of the following: TP12: Premium China Keemun, TD50: No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling, ZY51: China Yunnan TGFOP, and TB51: East Frisian BOP Assam Tea. Representative of a wide range of fine black teas.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

SM30 |
$25.75
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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With its thick, robust character, this top-quality addition to our Assam offerings is the perfect morning eye-opener. The aroma is fragrant with hints of malt and freshly baked biscuits. The flavor overflows with rich layers of malt, wine, caramel and carob, punctuated by a bloom of stone fruit as the tea cools. The crisp finish lingers with a whisper of spice.

TA132 |
($0.84/cup) ($0.63/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Giddapahar Estate Loose Darjeeling Tea
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A pronounced toasty aroma with a lovely honey sweetness introduces this second flush selection. Upon first sip, a vibrant burst of fruity flavor dances across the palate. The dark amber liquor is smooth and rich with prominent peachy notes, hints of muscatel and a lingering toasty finish. This outstanding tea from Giddapahar Estate is sure to please Darjeeling aficionados.

TD157 |
($0.77/cup) ($0.58/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic organic Loose Leaf First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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The neat, attractive leaves of this organic first flush selection exhibit a range of color from light to dark olive-green. The perfumed aroma is light, with hints of spring flowers and citrus. The amber cup is fresh and lively with honeyed floral notes and a smooth buttery mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD137 |
$0.45/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A striking aroma, strong and fragrant with a stone fruit sweetness and toasty/nutty hints, introduces this organic second flush Darjeeling. The dark amber-copper cup is full-bodied yet smooth with a rich, rounded mouth feel and complex flavor. Notes of honey and apricot layer with warm toasty hints that linger in the bright finish. May accommodate a splash of milk, if desired.

TD164 |
$0.36/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
ctc fine assam loose leaf tea
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This fine C.T.C. (Crush-Tear-Curl) style of tea infuses quickly. One minute of steeping produces a hearty cup of flavorful tea.

TA11 |
$0.13/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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An eye-opening liveliness leads the way for rich notes of malt, oak and Burgundy, sweetened by nuances of caramel and amaretto, in this Assam selection. The full-bodied, ruby-copper cup is fragrant with an inviting maltiness and a fleeting whisper of rose. The finish is smooth and lingering. Add a splash of milk to enhance this tea’s rich qualities.

TA149 |
$0.37/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Assam black tea
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From the 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 |
($1.39/cup) ($1.04/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A profusion of golden tips accents the dark brown leaves of this broken-leaf selection. The dark russet-copper liquor is fragrant with a well-balanced pairing of malty and cocoa notes. Thick and rich, the hearty cup reveals pronounced cocoa flavor notes, punctuated by hints of malt and a honey sweetness that lingers in the finish.

TA133 |
($0.43/cup) ($0.32/cup)
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic Nilgiri loose leaf organic black tea
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New lot arriving in June!
A whole-leaf, organic Nilgiri tea with vibrant aromatics, a sweet cup, and a gentle, crisp bite. Smooth yet very flavorful with medium body. Enjoyable plain or with milk.

TN68 |
$0.22/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
2020 Gielle Estate First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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An inviting aroma, fragrant with pronounced notes of stone fruit, introduces this 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 |
$1.57/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This superior selection is the second plucking of the 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 |
$2.80/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Assam black tea
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An abundance of downy golden tips provides a striking contrast to the dark brown leaves in this Assam selection. The toasty aroma is complex with hints of malt, warm cocoa and red wine. The deep copper cup is bright and lively, introducing layers of Burgundy and malt that are complemented by a suggestion of spice in the crisp, lingering finish.

TA136 |
$0.45/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A brisk, lively character distinguishes this Assam offering. Accented with hints of cocoa, a rich malty aroma introduces the dark copper cup. A toasty sweetness embraces notes of cocoa and malt in the flavor, ending with a smooth, lingering finish.

TA143 |
$0.38/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This superlative first flush offering is the very first plucking 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
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
Goomtee Darjeeling Tea First Flush
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This first flush offering is noteworthy for its eminently smooth character and pronounced honey sweetness. The light amber-gold cup is fragrant with an inviting aroma hinting of stone fruit and flowers. Tropical fruit hints and a gentle whisper of toastiness lead to a crisp, refreshing finish.

TD138 |
$1.38/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf darjeeling bop tea
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This tea is returning in June. For a comparable tea, we recommend sampling Puttabong Estate Second Flush GTGBOP Darjeeling Organic.
The best value in Darjeeling tea. Broken-leaf Darjeeling is often overlooked, either because the price is so reasonable or because too much value is placed on a more stylish leaf. This flavorful BOP blend offers a great cup at a very attractive price.

TD06 |
$0.26/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 5 Reviews
USDA Organic Nilgiri loose leaf organic black tea
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A rich, organic tea with solid body and full mouth feel. A pleasing, balanced cup with a classic Nilgiri flavor and style.

TN64 |
$0.20/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Nilgiri black tea
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From the Chamraj Estate in the Nilgiri Mountains of southern India, this “Frost” tea is grown during the cold winter months, which imparts a unique character to the light amber cup. A sweet floral aroma introduces the silky smooth liquor, setting the stage for a pronounced sweetness that envelops notes of juicy tropical fruit. A long lingering finish completes a very satisfying tea experience.

TN25 |
$0.94/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Dooars black tea
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Located in the Dooars region at the southern edge of Darjeeling district, the Nuxalbari Estate is a tea garden dedicated to the safety of Asian elephants and their environments. This organic second flush premium black tea offers a sweet aroma that hints of honey and flowers. The velvety smooth, amber liquor is notable for its full mouth feel and perfumed floral quality, complemented by pronounced honey notes. The finish is crisp and lingering.

EFT1 |
$1.41/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic Assam GFOP organic loose leaf tea
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This Assam selection produces a dark cup with a full flavor profile. Notes of cocoa and a delicate caramel hint complement a sweet and toasty aroma for an enjoyable cup.

This tea is the perfect choice to enjoy with a spoonful of our Tupelo Honey.

TA07 |
$0.12/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 39 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Sprinkled with golden tips, the bold, dark brown leaves of this Assam selection produce a hearty, complex cup, redolent with a rich maltiness. Rich notes of cocoa are supported by hints of malt and a stone fruit sweetness in the dark amber-copper liquor. A whisper of spice may be found in the lingering finish. A staff favorite.

TA125 |
($0.26/cup) ($0.20/cup)
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
Assam loose leaf black tea
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A whole-leaf Assam with golden tips (young leaf buds). Characteristic maltiness and complex flavor. This is our most popular Assam tea.

TA40 |
$0.16/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 Reviews
USDA Organic Assam organic loose leaf black tea
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A blend of choice CTC-grade Assam teas, with the typical malty and flavorful taste profile. A perfect choice for those seeking a strong morning cup.

TA15 |
$0.14/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 Reviews
loose leaf tippy orthodox darjeeling tea
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An exceptional golden tip Darjeeling blend. We first introduced this tea in 1990 and it continues to be our most popular Darjeeling.

This tea is the perfect choice to enjoy with a spoonful of our Wildflower Honey.

TD50 |
$0.20/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 9 Reviews
Assam loose leaf black tea
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A bold CTC style tea with rich flavor. The dark liquor will readily take milk. Especially suited as a bracing morning tea.

TA27 |
$0.13/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 Reviews
Broken Orange Black Pekoe Tea Loose
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Located in southern India, Nilgiri produces teas similar to those of Ceylon, yet with a distinctive character. This British-style Nilgiri black tea produces a flavorful cup that is excellent with milk.

TN10 |
$0.10/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 Reviews
Assam loose leaf black tea
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A uniform, broken-leaf tea with bold character and strong, malty flavor. This tea is a great choice for breakfast and throughout the day.

TA20 |
$0.17/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A bounty of golden tips provides an impressive contrast to the ebony-brown leaves of this exemplary Assam selection. The complex aroma is fragrant with hints of malt, red wine and honey. The full-bodied cup is silky smooth and well balanced with a constellation of complementary flavors — notes of Burgundy, amaretto and oak, hints of cherry and rose. The lively finish is long and lingering.

TA199 |
$1.69/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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This outstanding selection displays beautiful leaves in shades of green, sprinkled with delicate, silvery tips. The fragrance is fresh and sweet, with hints of corn silk. The sparkling amber-gold cup is bursting with honey sweetness and rich floral notes reminiscent of a spring garden. A buttery smooth mouth feel supports light vegetal hints and a crisp, lively quality that lingers long into the finish. Savor each sip of this stellar offering.

TD168 |
$2.17/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Dooars black tea
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Located in the Dooars region at the southern edge of Darjeeling district, the Nuxalbari Estate is a tea garden dedicated to the safety of Asian elephants and their environments. This organic English Breakfast-style black tea exhibits a fresh aroma with hints of light malt and a whisper of creamy biscuit. The dark amber cup is lively yet smooth, with toasty notes that are complemented by a rich toffee sweetness and malty nuance. The finish is crisp and lingering.

EFT2 |
$0.56/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews
Arya Tea Estate Loose Darjeeling Tea
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Sprinkled with downy golden tips, the dark brown, well-made leaves of this 2020 second flush tea yield a deep copper-amber liquor with a sweet, complex fragrance that portends the richly layered nuances in the cup. An ambrosial honey sweetness wraps around ripe fruity notes and floral/herbaceous hints, complemented by a full mouth feel. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TD161 |
($0.97/cup) ($0.73/cup)
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Nilgiri loose leaf black tea
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An abundance of glossy golden tips complements the attractive, well-twisted leaves in this outstanding Nilgiri black tea selection. The ruby copper liquor has a toasty fragrance with hints of malt. Layers of rich honey, malt, and cocoa lend a delightful complexity to the toasty cup, which finishes with a hint of spice.

TN95 |
$1.26/cup
The average rating for this product is 4 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Seasons Pick Mangalam Estate FOP (2020) Assam
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The bold, dark-brown leaves of this 2020 Assam offering produce a deep ruby-copper liquor, thick and rich, with a light malty aroma. Toasty/woody nuances complement hints of malt and cocoa in the smooth flavor. The lively finish lingers with a whisper of spice. A great value for your everyday cup.

TA138 |
$0.17/cup
The average rating for this product is 3 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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An aroma hinting of muscatel and oak introduces the smooth, ruby-amber liquor of this second flush Darjeeling. A syrupy mouth feel wraps around notes of stone fruit, leading to a bright, crisp finish. Add a splash of milk to enhance the rich quality of the cup.

TD123 |
($0.67/cup) ($0.50/cup)
The average rating for this product is 3 out of 5 stars 1 Review
Tindharia Estate Second Flush Darjeeling Loose Leaf Tea
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Rich and full-bodied with a crisp, lively character, this second flush tea displays a profusion of gold and silver tips decorating the dark-brown, broken leaves. The aroma hints of sweet muscatel, which intensifies into notes in the dark ruby-amber cup. A warm toastiness lingers in the finish. Good with milk.

TD158 |
($0.36/cup) ($0.27/cup)
The average rating for this product is 2 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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
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
USDA Organic Organic Darjeeling Tea Leaves Singbulli Estate
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Originally established in 1924 by British planters, the Singbulli Estate spreads across rolling hills in the Mirik area of Darjeeling. This exceptional organic first flush selection infuses a light amber-gold liquor redolent with a pronounced floral bouquet. This classic floral character predominates in the cup as well, accented by a clover honey sweetness and whisper of tropical fruit. The finish is smooth and lingering.

TD133 |
($1.74/cup) ($1.31/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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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 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
Darjeeling Moonshine Tea Rohini Estate 2020
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This first flush Darjeeling offers an inviting aroma with hints of honey and toasted almond. The first sip of the light amber-gold liquor reveals fresh floral notes complemented by a tropical fruit sweetness. The finish is crisp and clean.

TD134 |
($1.51/cup) ($1.13/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
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