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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.

Decaffeinated Earl Grey loose leaf black tea
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The top standard of decaffeinated Earl Grey available, and by far one of the best we have ever cupped. Please note that even the best decaffeinated teas lack some of the flavor and complexity of their unprocessed counterparts.

TXE9 |
$0.41/cup
loose leaf tea gift set
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Experience the unique terroir of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in a cup of tea with our exciting new gift set, “Passport to Explore: Teas of Ceylon! This set offers four premium teas to sample: TC46: Lumbini Estate OP1 Black Tea, TC57: Somerset Estate BOP Black Tea, TC60: Idulgashinna Estate OP Organic Black Tea, and TC38: Idulgashinna Estate OP1 Green Tea Organic. Beautifully packaged in our gold-embossed “passport” folder, this special gift set is sure to please tea novices and tea connoisseurs alike.

GP03 |
$19.95
loose leaf tea gift set
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Experience the unique terroir of India in a cup of tea with our exciting new gift set, “Passport to Explore: Teas of India! This set offers four premium black teas to sample: TA40: Tippy Orthodox GFOP Assam, TD50: No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling, TN68: Iyerpadi Estate Organic OP, and EFT4: Nuxalbari Estate Masala Chai Organic. Beautifully packaged in our gold-embossed “passport” folder, this special gift set is sure to please tea novices and tea connoisseurs alike.

GP02 |
$19.95
loose leaf tea gift set
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Experience the unique terroir of Colombia in a cup of tea with our exciting new gift set, “Passport to Explore: Teas of Colombia! This set offers four premium teas to sample: TSA8: Colombian Bold Breakfast Organic Black Tea, TSA9: Colombian Oolong Organic, TSA10: Colombian Pan-Fired Green Tea Organic, and TSA5: Cacao Kisses Colombian Black Tea. Beautifully packaged in our gold-embossed “passport” folder, this special gift set is sure to please tea novices and tea connoisseurs alike.

GP04 |
$19.95
loose leaf Nepal black tea
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A delicate sprinkling of silvery tips decorates the bold, dark olive leaves of this first flush black tea offering from the Gorkha Estate of eastern Nepal. The aroma is sweet and inviting, revealing hints of flowers, stone fruit and corn silk. A buttery smooth mouth feel supports a rich constellation of flavor notes — honey, dried stone fruit, toasty, nutty. The finish lingers with a crispness punctuated by hints of spice.

TM104 |
$0.47/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested at the peak of the 2021 first flush season at Singtom Estate, this broken-leaf Darjeeling offering is redolent with the aroma of fresh flowers. The golden amber cup introduces a gentle astringency that plays at the edges of the palate, creating a wonderful counterpoint to the intensely sweet dried fruit hints in the vibrant flavor. A bright refreshing quality lingers in the finish.

TD194 |
$0.38/cup
loose leaf breakfast blend black tea
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A tin (approx. 35g.) of each of the following teas: TB02: Leadenhall Street Breakfast Blend, TB12: C.T.C. Irish Breakfast Blend, TB14: Scottish Breakfast Blend and TB18: Ceylon English Breakfast Select.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

SB22 |
$29.50
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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A fresh aroma, fragrant with notes of tropical fruit, floral hints and a rich honey sweetness, introduces this 2021 first flush selection. Tropical fruit takes center stage in the golden amber cup as well, supported by nuances of spring flowers and a gentle toastiness. A refreshing crispness lingers in the finish. A great value for a single-estate first flush Darjeeling tea.

TD195 |
$0.39/cup
loose leaf flavored black tea
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As the fiery colors of autumn blaze across the landscape, this delightful Chai selection will bring a rich warming flavor to your teacup. A sweet cinnamon aroma portends notes of warming spices that provide the perfect complement to the luscious pumpkin flavor. The finish lingers with a velvety smoothness. Add a dollop of cream and sweetener for a decadent treat! May be enjoyed hot or iced at any time of year.

NT35 |
$0.35/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 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 2021 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 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Chai black tea
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A tin (approx 35g) each of the following: TE30: Traditional Masala Chai, NT33: Chai Spice Black Tea, TX30: Decaffeinated Masala Chai, and BH33: Organic Chai Namaste.

Please note that Sampler Sets cannot be personalized.

SC03 |
$40.00
loose leaf Assam black tea
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The juxtaposition of golden tips and dark leaves gives this 2021 Assam offering an outstanding appearance. The rich, malty aroma promises an enticing cup, notable for its thick, velvety mouth feel and pronounced cocoa notes. A hint of sweet spice lingers in the finish.

TA160 |
$1.13/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With a rich, floral flavor and pronounced buttery mouth feel, this 2021 first flush offering, from Margaret’s Hope Estate, offers outstanding cup quality. The amber-gold liquor is fragrant with fresh corn silk notes warmed by a gentle hint of toastiness. A honey sweetness leads to a clean finish that lingers with a classic “crisp Darjeeling bite.”

TD176 |
$1.01/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Named after a river that flows through the tea garden, the Balasun Estate has been producing premium teas for 150 years. In this 2021 first flush Darjeeling, a light pungency adds a lively aspect to the sweet, floral fragrance. Rich notes of flowers and honey, accented by warm toasty hints, are supported by a buttery smooth mouth feel in the golden amber cup. The finish lingers on a crisp, clean note.

TD178 |
$1.52/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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In this 2021 first flush offering from Singbulli Estate, bold, well-made leaves in variegated tones of olive-green, sprinkled with silver tips, steep a golden amber liquor with a vibrant aroma hinting of sweet flowers and buttery corn silk. The cup is rich and smooth with a delectable honeyed floral flavor that fills your mouth upon first sip. The finish lingers with a crisp “bite.”

TD179 |
$1.52/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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The well-twisted, dark brown leaves of this 2021 Assam offering produce a dark copper liquor fragrant with pronounced malty notes, a toffee sweetness and hints of dried cherry. The hearty cup exhibits a rich complexity with crisp highlights spotlighting notes of malt and carob. As the tea cools, stone fruit notes bloom and linger in the dry finish.

TA148 |
$0.56/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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With elevations ranging over 6,000 feet, the Thurbo Estate has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over a century. In this 2021 first flush offering, silver tips decorate attractive leaves in a colorful display of olive greens. A rich toasty aroma introduces an amber-gold cup with an assertive character that enhances its full, lively mouth feel. Fresh floral/herbaceous notes and a honey sweetness are complemented by notes of stone fruit, which lend a gentle crispness to the lingering finish.

TD177 |
$1.50/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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First planted at the turn of the 20th century, the south-facing tea slopes of the Jungpana Estate are located in a remote area near Kurseong, where the average elevation is 4,000 feet. This 2021 first flush offering displays dark olive leaves that are laced with a fine complement of downy silver tips. A sweet tropical fruit aroma sets the stage for the buttery smooth, amber gold cup. Rich notes of honey and spring flowers are complemented by a refreshing astringency that settles around the edges of the palate. A honey sweetness tempers the crisp, lingering finish.

TD173 |
$1.41/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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An inviting floral fragrance introduces this 2021 first flush selection from the Arya Estate, which has been producing premium Darjeeling teas for over 100 years. The amber gold cup is lively and bursting with mouth-filling complexity. Notes of sweet flowers, buttery corn silk, juicy tropical fruit and creamy almond create a rich harmony of well-balanced flavor that lingers long into the crisp finish.

TD172 |
$1.28/cup
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 13th, the bold, attractive leaves of Balasun Estate’s very first 2021 plucking are sprinkled with a fair complement of silvery tips. The fresh aroma is delicate, with honeyed floral hints. The amber-gold cup is exceptional, with rich floral notes enhanced by a silky smooth mouth feel. A tropical fruit sweetness leads to a crisp, lingering finish.

TD170 |
$2.05/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 16th, this organic first flush Darjeeling selection offers bold leaves accented by a plethora of downy silver tips. The amber-gold cup exhibits a bright, refreshing character, which accentuates notes of honey, tropical fruit and melon. A crisp, clean finish completes a delightful tea experience.

TD171 |
$2.05/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Colombian black tea
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This bold-leaf, breakfast-style black tea blend from Colombia has a warm aroma reminiscent of baking chocolate, with toasty hints. The dark amber cup is full-bodied and honey sweet with a creamy smooth mouth feel that sets the stage for notes of rich cocoa and apricot. The finish is smooth and lingering.

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

TSA8 |
$0.35/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Japanese black tea
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Although somewhat rare, black tea has been cultivated and produced in Japan for almost 150 years. From Kagoshima prefecture, this outstanding offering displays neat, dark brown leaves that yield a velvety smooth liquor with a complex fragrance and flavor. Layers of cocoa, earth, honey, peach and warming spices perfume the aroma and weave together in the ruby-copper cup, creating a rich flavor tapestry. The finish is smooth and lingers with a fleeting hint of spice.

TJ101 |
$0.44/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
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 |
$2.80/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Harvested on March 6th, 2021, the very first plucking of the 2021 first flush season at Tindharia Estate, 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
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
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews
loose leaf flavored black tea
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Dried blueberries and natural flavoring complement the full-bodied black tea base, yielding a dark copper liquor with a sweet blueberry aroma and flavor. Enjoy this well-balanced blend hot or iced.

NF10 |
$0.25/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic Loose Leaf Second Flush Darjeeling Tea
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This 2020 organic broken-leaf offering is a great choice for those seeking a Darjeeling that will accommodate a dollop of milk. The complex aroma is fragrant with layers of citrus, toasty spice and Burgundy. The dark amber cup is smooth and rich, revealing notes of toast and oak, supported by a brown sugar sweetness. A suggestion of tropical fruit lends a lively flair to the lingering finish.

TD165 |
$0.36/cup
USDA 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 2020 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
USDA Organic Sungma Estate Second Flush (2020 DJ-101) Organic Darjeeling Oolong
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In this 2020 second flush Darjeeling Oolong selection, very bold, dark brown leaves yield a smooth, mellow cup with a rich toasty aroma that hints of muscatel. A pronounced honey sweetness blooms in the dark amber liquor, wrapping around ripe fruity notes that linger into the finish.

TD152 |
$0.70/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A brisk, lively character distinguishes this 2020 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
USDA Organic Loose Leaf First Flush Darjeeling Tea
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The neat, attractive leaves of this 2020 first flush organic 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
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A profusion of golden tips accents the dark brown leaves of this 2020 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
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The neat, golden-tipped leaves of this 2020 second flush offering yield a very aromatic cup with a pronounced toasty/woody fragrance, complemented by a fruity sweetness. The dark amber liquor is silky smooth and full-bodied. Ripe muscatel notes, a rich honey sweetness and chestnut/toasty hints create a vibrant flavor tapestry. The finish is bright and lingering.

TD162 |
$0.35/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Adorned with downy golden tips, the bold, dark brown leaves of this 2020 offering infuse a classic Assam featuring a delightful balance of rich maltiness and refreshing astringency. The aroma is fragrant with hints of malt and semi-sweet chocolate. A dried fruit sweetness and hints of warming spice and cacao lead to a crisp finish.

TA130 |
$0.33/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 2020 second flush offering continues that fine tradition with its rich fruity character, complemented by warm toasty/nutty notes. Hinting of freshly baked sugar cookies and fragrant grape leaves, the aroma introduces a dark amber cup with pronounced honey notes and hints of dark grape. The finish lingers with a suggestion of dry white wine.

TD149 |
$0.56/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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Located in the upper plains of Assam, the Halmari Estate has been producing top quality teas for over 85 years. This 2020 offering follows that tradition with its smooth, bright character and sweet toasty/nutty aroma. The well-balanced cup boasts a thick, cocoa-like mouth feel paired with a black cherry sweetness. This tea makes a fine self-drinker, which can accommodate milk, if desired.

TA128 |
$0.60/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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The Castleton Estate is known for crafting top-notch Darjeeling teas. This 2020 second flush offering is true to their reputation. The dark amber liquor has a vibrant bouquet, bursting with notes of muscatel and a ripe stone fruit sweetness. The full-bodied, complex cup is smooth and full of flavor, complemented by a rich mouth feel. Pronounced notes of honey and hints of spice linger in the crisp finish.

TD153 |
$0.67/cup
USDA Organic loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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First planted in 1852, the Puttabong Estate is notable as one of the first tea gardens in Darjeeling. The dark amber cup of this 2020 organic second flush offering exhibits a vibrant toasty aroma with fruity/nutty hints. The flavor is full-bodied and sweet with notes of honey embracing hints of muscatel. The finish lingers with a hint of spiciness.

TD155 |
$0.49/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
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 loose leaf Darjeeling black tea
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Delicate golden tips adorn the dark-brown, broken leaves of this 2020 second flush selection. A pronounced sweet fragrance heralds a rich toasty cup, strong enough for a splash of milk, if desired. A whisper of tropical fruit sweetness lingers in the crisp finish.

TD156 |
$0.39/cup
loose leaf Assam black tea
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In this 2020 selection from the Mangalam Estate, a sprinkling of downy golden tips threads through the dark brown leaves, producing a strong, rich cup with a sweet, malty fragrance hinting of carob. The deep copper liquor reveals pronounced malty flavor with a chocolate thickness and dark sugar sweetness. A pleasant astringency plays at the edges of the palate, leading to a smooth, lingering finish.

TA134 |
$0.38/cup
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
USDA Organic loose leaf flavored 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. A bright citrus/bergamot aroma introduces this organic Earl Grey selection. In the dark amber cup, lively bergamot notes are complemented by a thick rounded mouth feel and the bold flavor of the premium black tea base. Hints of lemon, cedar and flowers lead to a crisp, lingering finish.

EFT3 |
$0.56/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
USDA Organic loose leaf flavored 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. A warm spicy aroma starts off an outstanding Masala Chai experience. The deep copper cup of this organic premium black tea is rich and sweet with a cardamom-forward flavor profile, supported by zesty hints of ginger, warming cinnamon and a snap of clove. The finish is long and lingering.

EFT4 |
$0.56/cup
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 Reviews
loose leaf Assam black tea
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A thick, eye-opening character distinguishes this 2020 broken-leaf offering. Starting with a toasty/malty aroma, the flavor unfolds to reveal layers of rich malt, cocoa, honey and dry red wine, complemented by a lively, lingering finish.

TA141 |
$0.25/cup
loose leaf Nepal black tea
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Silver-gold tips adorn bold, dark brown leaves in this second flush Nepal black tea offering. The amber cup is smooth and rich with a toasty aroma hinting of fruit. A honey-sweet aspect blooms as the tea cools, complemented by a full mouth feel and hints of muscatel. Herbaceous nuances linger in the lively finish.

TM103 |
$0.49/cup
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars 1 Review
loose leaf Nepal black tea
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Silvery tips decorate the bold, dark brown leaves of this black tea offering from the Gorkha Estate of eastern Nepal. A toasty aroma, laced with stone fruit sweetness, may be found in the full-bodied cup. A buttery smooth mouth feel supports rich notes of ripe fruit and hints of spice. A quality reminiscent of a crisp apple lingers in the finish.

TM101 |
$0.44/cup
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