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China black teas

Distinctive black teas from China's oldest tea growing regions.

Regional black teas from China include teas from Anhui, Fujian, and Yunnan provinces.
Anhui province, in east central China, is well known for its Keemun teas. These rich, full bodied teas have been a staple for centuries and may have been the first teas introduced to Europe. Empire Keemun bears a striking similarity to the best English Breakfast blends of today; probably not a coincidence!
Yunnan province, in southwest China bordering Myanmar and east of the Assam region in India, is noted for its distinctive, earthy teas. Yunnan teas can be enjoyed fresh, or after a lengthy aging process which converts the tea into their well known Puerh tea. Puerh tea is available loose and pressed into small nests (Tuo Cha). Puerh teas are known for their earthy scent, smooth flavor, and tolerance for long infusion times.
Fujian province, along the Pacific coast adjacent to Taiwan, produces a wide variety of teas including black, green, and a variety of oolong teas. Bailin Gongfu is an ancient black tea that tastes much like contemporary Keemun teas, but can stand long infusion times without becoming bitter. Lapsang Souchong is another Fujian black tea that is heavily smoked as part of the drying process. The aroma in the bag can be overwhelming, but the tea is excellent! High Mountain green is a well known Fujian green tea that also infuses well for long times without bitterness. Well known oolongs from Fujian include Wuyi Mountain Oolong, and many forms of Tie Kwan Yin. Fujian is also the source of white teas including White Peony and Silver Needles.

Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong Superior

Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong Superior

Souchong teas are made using the larger 3rd and 4th leaf sets, which typically have a stronger flavor than the smaller leaves and buds. Lapsang Souchong tea is cured in pine smoke. The unique process yields a tea with a strong, smoky aroma in the bag, and nothing but smooth flavor with smoky undertones in the cup. Think of it as single malt scotch, without the alcohol!

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Black Tea, Lapsang Souchong Superior - 0.5 oz sample
 
$1.90

Black Tea, Osmanthus

Black Tea, Osmanthus

A blend of Chinese black teas with Osmanthus flower delivers a lovely scent and unique flavor.

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Black Tea, Osmanthus - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.60

Black Tea, Bailin Gongfu

Black Tea, Bailin Gongfu

A Fujian province black tea from the past. Bailin Gongfu yields a bold yet very smooth infusion. Good with or without milk. Makes an excellent iced tea. Organic.

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Black Tea, Bailin Gongfu - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.40

Black Tea, Yunnan Puerh

Black Tea, Yunnan Puerh

Puerh is a Yunnan tea that has been aged and fermented in a process that is still a carefully guarded secret. Puerh has a distinct earthy flavor, and will not become bitter with extended infusion time. This Puerh tea is offered in loose leaf form for convenience. Smooth, earthy, and rich.

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Black Tea, Yunnan Puerh - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.00

Black Tea, Puerh Tuo Cha

Black Tea, Puerh Tuo Cha

Puerh is a Yunnan tea that has been aged and fermented in a process that is still a carefully guarded secret. Puerh has a distinct earthy flavor, and will not become bitter with extended infusion time. This version of Puerh tea is pressed into small nests, about the size of a nickel. Use one nest per 8 oz of water. About 40 nests per 4 oz. package.

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Black Tea, Puerh Tuo Cha - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.40

Black Tea, Yunnan Hong Cha

Black Tea, Yunnan Hong Cha

A well made Yunnan Red tea. Excellent straight or with milk.

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Black Tea, Yunnan Hong Cha - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.10

Black Tea, Yunnan FOP1

Black Tea, Yunnan FOP1

Excellent everyday tea grown in the Yunnan region of China. Yunnan teas are the starting point for aged Puerh teas, and share similar flavor characteristics. Smooth and rich, a satisfying cup.

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Black Tea, Yunnan FOP1 - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.00

Black Tea, Empire Keemun

Black Tea, Empire Keemun

This Chinese tea was the original English Breakfast tea. Today's English Breakfast blends were developed after this tea became unavailable to England as a result of war. This is a deep, rich tea with just a hint of brightness.

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Black Tea, Empire Keemun - 0.5 oz sample
 
$1.90

Black Tea, Grand Keemun

Black Tea, Grand Keemun

Grand Keemun is a full bodied, multi-flavored, black tea with a slight earthiness, lightly scented flavor, and delicate aroma.

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Black Tea, Grand Keemun - 0.5 oz sample
 
$2.60