This tea is produced in the Ilam district of Nepal, a hilly region known for its sweeping vistas and tea estates. Packed with silver tips, the Maloom is comparable in character to Darjeeling teas due to similarities in terroir. Sipping the tea will yield a delicate body with flowery notes and slightly tannic finish. We recommend this tea for those looking for a lighter black tea.
This exceptionally smooth tea is organically cultivated in the northern extreme of Thailand, near the Golden Triangle. In this region, abundant rainfall and consistently warm temperatures create some of the most verdant tea gardens in the world. Harvested Hong Cha leaves dry in the shade before being hand rolled into twisted strands. The richly-colored cup has a velvety mouthfeel that imparts mild fruit and honey flavors, and shows more restraint compared to the Midnight Pearl Oolong tea.
While Ceylon tea is typically used for breakfast blends, the extraordinary Blackwood Estate Ceylon is best savored in its purest form. The lot is organically cultivated in the Dimbula region of western Sri Lanka at high altitude. The twisted and wiry leaves produce a bright, copper-colored cup with a balanced, lightly spiced bouquet.
This black tea is a rarity from the Himalayan corridor in eastern Nepal. Organically cultivated in very high altitude at a family-run garden, the tea is composed of young leaves that are dried, then roasted for added character. The resulting amber-hued cup is highly aromatic and reveals an earthy character. This is a gorgeous tea from leaf to cup. Available in limited quantities.
Honey Grasshopper is a specialty tea cultivated in the breathtaking Hualien district of Taiwan. Native grasshoppers favor these young leaves, and their saliva reacts with the tea plant to produce its signature combination of floral and honey notes. This tea is full-bodied with a silky texture from start to finish.
This Assam tea is not for the faint of heart. Grown in the Golaghat district of eastern Assam, the tea undergoes a unique process where a wood fire blows smoke through a bamboo screen and on to the leaves. The result is an incredibly distinct smokey flavor that persists from scent to finish, not too different from a peaty scotch. This tea is best reserved for adventurous palates!
We proudly offer an organically cultivated Darjeeling tea from one of the oldest plantations in the region. The Makhaibari Estate has been tended to by the same family for four generations. This second flush Darjeeling is plucked during the peak harvest period in June and features an abundance of silver tips. It produces a bronze colored cup with a full body, yet mellow taste.
This tea is a prime expression of the traditional black teas from the region. Grown in Mangalam Estate in the very northeast corner of India, the tea is loaded with rare golden tips and produces a full bodied cup punctuated by malty flavors, layered with spice. The elevated caffeine content makes it an ideal tea for mornings and early afternoons.
This tasting of black teas will take you from the rolling hills of Darjeeling to the highlands of Thailand. Each offering in this set features distinctively different character. Both the Darjeeling and Assam are classic expressions from legendary estates, while the Himalayan Black offers a peek at the tantalizing potential of newer growing regions.
These Golden Tips are organically grown in the spectacular mountain ranges that line Vietnam's sparsely populated northern frontier. Although the craggy topography is unsuited for most forms of agriculture, its altitude and microclimate are ideal for cultivating tea. As its name implies, the tea features premium golden tips and produces a dark bronze colored cup. Its tasting profile is characterized by a medium body that yields flowery notes with a hint of sweetness.