Black Teas


Black Teas




Black teas come from many parts of the world. Taking up to ten separate steps in the process, these fully-oxidized leaves are also referred to as Hong Cha (red tea) in Chinese for the dark-reddish color of their brew. For some, the fresh leaves start out and remain whole. For others the leaves may be intentionally broken or torn during processing. Black teas have a robust flavor yet often a mild aroma. Taste can range from slightly fruity or floral to pungently smoky and are sometimes taken with milk, sugar, lemon or other additives. Bring fresh water to a full boil when making these teas.

Teas are available in bulk packaging or in "The Tea House" brand retail packages. Price is per lb.  Minimum quantity is 2 lbs. unless otherwise (*) indicated. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. Custom blending available.

Name Code 2 Lbs 3+ Lbs Chest


Assam - Golden Bud
Very Limited Availability!!

ASM-X07 $68/lb $66/lb $64/lb 22 lbs
One of the rarest of Assam teas consisting of only tender, golden buds. The deep auburn liquor color is matched only by its luxurious, smooth taste. Complex with layered flavors, this full bodied yet gentle tea, offers honey-sweet notes and mild malty overtones. Only 4 lbs. available!! Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Assam - Aideobari

ASM-X10 $27/lb $25/lb $23/lb 44 lbs
A rich, 2nd flush tea from the historic Aideobarie estate. Full of carefully plucked bold black leaves and sweet golden tips, the characteristic malty flavor also offers notes of dried fruit. Perfect for a morning kick-start or for an elegant afternoon tea. Great iced too!  Brewing: 1 tbsp, 210 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Assam - Lukwah
Sold Out!

ASM-X08 $30/lb $28/lb $25/lb 44 lbs
Rich and bold, this full bodied black tea is a great breakfast tea. Picked in the hot 2nd flush season in lush Assam, India, the deep coppery liquor is bright and the aroma is penetrating and sweet. Malty with hints of fruity sweetness, this tea is excellent hot and over ice. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 210 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Assam - Sree Sibbari

ASM-X09 $34/lb $32/lb $30/lb 44 lbs
Strong and brisk with a hint of malty sweetness, this full flavored FTGFOP grade black tea was harvested in the prime 2nd flush season. The black leaves give a rich body while the golden buds offer subtle complexity. The deep coppery liquor is bright and the aroma is penetrating and sweet. A great breakfast tea or good as an iced tea. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Assam - Supreme

ASM-X05 $58/lb $54/lb $50/lb 44 lbs
Gleaned from the best of the Chota Tingrai tea estate, robust and sweet, this championship winning 2nd flush is what Assam lover’s treasure. With an abundance of tender golden buds this exceptionally rich tea offers an inviting, malty aroma with honey-sweet overtones. The complex, layered flavors are delightful any time of the day. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Black Dan Cong

BDC-X02 $95/lb $90/lb $85/lb 22 lbs
First Place Winner of the North American Tea Championship!! This "cross-over" tea is a Mi Lan Xiang Dan Cong but processed as a black tea rather than an oolong. Tea Artist Huang Shuwei from Fenghuang Mt. carefully hand selects and processed the juicy leaves into a fruity, sweet, yet full bodied black tea with rich complexity. With hints of honey and nuts this tea is also amazing brewed in cold water. Brewing: 1.5 tbsp, 200 deg, 2 min, 4 inf.


Ceylon - Kenilworth

CEY-X01 $20/lb $19/lb $18/lb 44 lbs
Exceptional, long, whole leaves with prized full-bodied, clean taste. From the Kandy district, this aromatic tea offers hints of currant and rich amber color, Brewing: 1.5 tbsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


- Rathnapura Blend

CEY-X05 $16/lb $15/lb $13/lb 44 lbs
From the southern tea growing region of Sri Lanka, this blend of premium teas from several estates consists of dark, twisted leaves which offer a rich and satisfying cup with hints of honey and cocoa. Medium strenght and bright color. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Giddapahar 1st Flush

DJL-X12-A $85/lb $80/lb $75/lb 44 lbs
An exceptional 1st flush with the unique, heady fragrance of Gardenias. The beautiful, buddy, SFTGFOP-1 leaves yield an astounding floral bouquet with hints of fruit and fresh spring air. The light golden liquor sparkles with vitality. One of our favorite gardens, Giddapahar is a small family owned tea estate. The lingering finish fills the mouth and pleasant astringency gives clarity. Brewing: 1.5 tbsp, 170 deg, 2 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Giddapahar 2nd Fl Imperial Muscatel

DJL-X12-C $59/lb $56/lb $53/lb 44 lbs
A bold second flush from the family owned Giddapahar garden. Dark brown and gold leaves give a nutty, roasted taste with hints of fruity sweetness. The aroma is reminiscent of fresh baked bread. The amber-red liquor is bright and deep. Brewing: 1.5 tbsp, 200 deg, 2 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Goomtee 2nd Flush

DJL-X08 $69/lb $65/lb $61/lb 44 lbs
      Classic 2nd flush Darjeeling black tea from the Goomtee estate. The hand-plucked, whole leaves offer a smooth, full flavor with light sweet hints of baked fruit. The aroma is rich and warming with sweet overtones reminiscent of walking through a summer forest. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 200 deg, 2.5 min, 3 inf.


Darjeeling - Mahaldeream 1st flush

DJL-X13 $57/lb $54/lb $51/lb 11 lbs
Traditional 1st flush with light and delicate character, yet well balanced and flavorful. Fresh, green, floral aromas dance on the palate with undertones of currant and a faint hint of nuttiness.From the small organic garden nestled in the Himalayan foothills. Brewing: 1.5 tbsp, 170 deg, 2 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Margaret's Hope 1st fl

DJL-X05 $78/lb $75/lb $72/lb 44 lbs
This famous estate is known for making top quality teas. Hand plucked in early April, the silvery buds and tender green leaves exude floral aromas with hints of citrus. Fresh and lightly vegetal, this is a classic 1st flush Darjeeling. The light yellow liquor is bright and lively. One of our favorite first flush offerings. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 190 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Margaret's Hope 1st Harvest

DJL-X05-A *$215/lb $205/lb N/A N/A
Pure Perfume! The silvery buds and tender green leaves exude floral aromas with hints of citrus. Our favorite first flush offering this year. VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 180 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Poobong 1st flush

DJL-X03 $64/lb $60/lb $56/lb 44 lbs
This premium, organic, first flush organic tea comes from Ghoom, one of the highest elevation regions of Darjeeling. Poobong means "Valley of bamboo" in Tibetan. The lightly oxidized leaves are sprinkled with silver buds. Sweet, floral and fresh with hints of muscat grape flavor and aromas. One of the very first estate we started importing from and still one of our favorites. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 180 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Darjeeling - Rungneet 1st fl - DJ-2

DJL-X14-A $64/lb $60/lb $56/lb 44 lbs
The Tea House exclusive! The prized 2nd lot produced from the Rungneet tea estate during the 1st flush season. Grown without pesticides in the natural Himalayan mountains, the flavor is fresh, green and complex with lively floral and fruity notes with a gentle astringency. Harvested from rare 150+ year old bushes, these leaves are intended especially for cold infusion method. The liquor is a sparkling, pale honey yellow. Brewing: 2 tbsp, 50 deg, 2 hrs, 2 inf.


- Rungneet 2nd flush

DJL-X14 $30/lb $28/lb 26/lb 44 lbs
A delicious, traditional 2nd flush from the historic estate known for its breath-taking view of Kanchanjunga Mt. The high altitude and slow growth create rich and complex flavors. The bright amber infusion is full yet smooth with light fruity notes. Naturally grown without use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 200 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


- Select Reserve
DJL-X09-B $101/lb $97/lb $91/lb 11 lbs
"Spring in a Cup" this rule-bending bud tea, from the mountains of Darjeeling, has incredible complexity with each infusion offering a new glimpse into the mysteries of the tea leaf and the skill of the maker. Picked from Pre-first flush growth and developed exclusively for Dan Robertson over several years of trials, the light, luminescent liquor offers flavors of flowers, freshly sprouting buds, pomello and even green banana. Only 20 kilos of this tea was made. Brewing: 1.5 tbsp, 175 deg, 2 min, 4 inf.


Dooars - Nya Sylee

DOO-X04 $9/lb $8/lb $7/lb 55 lbs
Clean and refreshing this small leaf CTC tea comes from the gardens adjacent to Darjeeling. The leaves offer a mild and inviting aroma with a full strength infusion. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Brewing: .5 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 infusions.


Dragon's Whiskers

DSK-X01 $79/lb $70/lb $61/lb 22 lbs
Our most unusual find yet. Bundles of flavorful black leaves are entwined in colorful silk threads. Pull on the end and unravel before brewing this interesting tea. Brewing: 1 piece, 212 deg, 3 min, 3 inf.


English Breakfast

EBF-X01 $25/lb $24/lb $23/lb 44 lbs
Favorite blend of Indian and Chinese black teas. Strong, brisk flavor with deep color. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Golden Monkey

PGM-X01 $86/lb $82/lb $78/lb 44 lbs
Authentic, premium, long, twisted black leaves and abundant golden buds give a rich, full-bodied, smooth flavor and inviting aroma. Nutty and slight sweet notes make this one an instant favorite. The top grade comes only from Panyong in Fujian, China. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Highland Tay

HTY-X01 $25/lb $24/lb $22/lb 44 lbs
Our very own, special, hearty blend of Chinese and Indian black teas. Yields a strong brew favored in the Scottish "heelands" yet without being bitter. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Hubei Tea Brick

HTB-X01 $22/lb $21/lb $20/lb 20 Pcs
Intriguing tile of compresses black tea with images pressed into the front and back. Break off a piece of this 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch tile and brew an earthy, full-bodied infusion. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 3 inf.


Keemun - Hao Ya - A

KEE-X01 $77/lb $73/lb $69/lb 22 lbs
The best of the “Burgundy of teas”, these small, slender, jet black leaves and golden buds provide an enticing, deep aroma and a bold, rich, winy flavor. Keemun in Anhui province is famous for black teas and this "Downey Bud" - A grade is selected from only the best leaves. Brewing: 1 tsp, 205 deg, 2.5 min, 3 inf.


Keemun - 1st Grade

KEE-X02 $35/lb $33/lb $31/lb 44 lbs
Called the "Burgundy of teas" for its winy, deep flavor, this small-leaf tea comes from the cradle of Chinese black teas, Keemun (Qimen) in Anhui province and is often used in blends. Robust and full bodied with bold aroma and vibrant red/amber color. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 2.5 min, 3 inf.


Keemun - Maofeng

KEE-X03 $62/lb $59/lb $56/lb 44 lbs
Hand-plucked in spring this deliciously complex "Downy Peak" is selected from tender, long leaves from Keemun in Anhui province. A gentle rolling step gives the leaves their distinct twisted and wiry shape. The flavor is smooth with a mild body, and characteristic orchid aroma. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 210 deg, 2 min, 3 inf.


- Hao Ya Gold

KEE-X07 $76/lb $71/lb $66/lb 22 lbs
Made from bold, sweet Keemun tea buds and small leaves, this newly created tea is full-bodied with the traditional winey notes but also yields a surprising, smooth, natural sweetness. Very limited availability. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 2.5 min, 3 inf.


Kenya Blend

KYA-X01 $13/lb $12/lb $11/lb 55 lbs
A full bodied, robust black tea from the Gitugi estate in the Central Highlands. The tiny brown pearls yield an aromatic, deep auburn infusion making for a perfect breakfast or afternoon tea. The complex flavors reflect the unique terrain between the Eastern Rift Valley and Mt. Kenya. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Kenya Estate

KYA-X02 $35/lb $32/lb $30/lb 44 lbs
Made exclusively for The Tea House. A full bodied, robust black tea from the Kangaita factory at the foot of snow-capped Mt. Kenya. With hints of fruit, this premium, whole leaf grade yields a bold, aromatic infusion with deep auburn hues. Perfect for a breakfast or afternoon tea. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Lapsang Souchong
- Mild Smoke

LAP-X01 $30/lb $28/lb $26/lb 44 lbs
Premium Lapsang Souchong from Tongmu Village, from the authentic origin of this legendary tea. The full, natural character of the whole, hand plucked leaves is perfectly balanced with a delicate hint of pine smoke. Said to have a faint sweet note reminiscent of dried Longyan (Dragon's Eye) fruit. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 200 deg, 2 min, 3 inf.


Lapsang Souchong

LAP-X02 $20/lb $18/lb $16/lb 66 lbs
Popular grade of the favorite smoky China black tea. Signature, strong, smoky flavor and aroma. Long, twisted, whole leaves are baked over pine fires. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 2 min, 3 inf.


Mt. Fuji Black Beauty

WKO-X03 $45/lb $42/lb $39/lb 44 lbs
With hints of honey, this black tea from Japan is aromatic and flavorful. Made from the Beni-Hikari tea bush the 2nd flush leaves were harvested by renowned tea maker Katsuei Akiyama. With natural sweetness and light briskness, the deep amber liquid sparkles like a crystal. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 190 deg, 2 min, 2 inf.


Mt. Fuji Black Blend

WKO-X04 $40/lb $37/lb $34/lb 44 lbs
Aromatic and flavorful blend of black teas from the magnificent Mt. Fuji area in Japan. The taste hints of honey and fruity sweetness while the captivating full bodied aroma gives a comforting and satisfying cup. Gentle briskness and deep amber liquor. Excellent iced as well. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 190 deg, 2 min, 2 inf.


Nilgiri - Thiashola

NIL-X02 $26/lb $25/lb $24/lb 44 lbs
An exceptional, whole leaf, full bodied yet smooth black tea from the "Mother of Forests" estate in South India's "Blue Mountains." - the first to be built there. FTGFOP1 grade with typical deep red color the familiar aroma offers hints of spice and apple wood. Excellent for iced tea. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Noble Fragrance

WKO-X02 $45/lb $42/lb $39/lb 44 lbs
The warming aroma of this Japanese black tea echos the delicate, refined honey-sweet flavor. Made by renowned tea maker Katsuei Akiyama from carefully rolled, whole leaves. The majestic Mt. Fuji area produces rich, complex teas with the perfect hint of briskness. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 190 deg, 2 min, 2 inf.


Onyx FTM-04 $40/lb $38/lb $36/lb 44 lbs
Made from the Da Bai (Great White) tea bush cultivar that is use to make Silver Needle White tea in Fuding, Fujian province, but transplanted to the mountains of Xingguo in Jiangxi province. Fourth in the series by innovator Xiu Mingyue, the flavor has warming earth tones with hints of baked bread and dried fruit. The bright, honey-gold liquor is smooth and the aroma is gentle with slight floral hints. Brewing: 4 grams1 tbsp, 195 degrees, 1 minute, 3 inf.


Panyong Congou

PCG-X01 $44/lb $42/lb $40/lb 44 lbs
Flavorful yet smooth whole leaf black tea from "Tanyang" in Fuan, Fujian province, China. The premium grade small leaves get their golden color from the down that covers the young shoots. Deep and rich flavor with hints of dark chocolate and fresh baked bread. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Russian Caravan

CAR-X01 $25/lb $23/lb $21/lb 44 lbs
Smokey blend of high grade Lapsang Souchong and other premium black teas. The unique aroma and taste is reminiscent of the campfires of the traders as they made the long journey over the Silk Road. Brewing: 1 tsp, 212 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Tippy Doke BOP

DOK-X01 $20/lb $19/lb $18/lb 44 lbs
Flavorful and robust black tea from Bihar, India. The rich black Broken Orange Pekoe leaves and numerous tippy silver buds give a naturally sweet flavor with good complexity as well. Also great as an iced tea and can stand up to having sugar added. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Yunnan Black

YOP-X01 $48/lb $46/lb $44/lb 44 lbs
Our own custom crafted TGFOP grade of dark, twisted whole leaves and sweet tender golden buds. With rich chocolate and nutty aromas, the flavor is bold but smooth with hints of fruity sweetness. The liquor is a vibrant amber color suggesting golden autumnal honey. Yunnan black teas are also referred to as Dian Hong, meaning Yunnan Red tea. Brewing: 1 tbsp, 210 deg, 2.5 min, 3 inf.


Yunnan Superior

YOP-X02 $55/lb $53/lb $51/lb 44 lbs
Delicate sweet yet richly flavorful, this is the best of the Yunnan black blends. The subtle hint of honey in the aftertaste is a perpetual thrill. Whole leaves and buds covered in golden down. Brewing: 1 tsp, 200 deg, 3 min, 2 inf.


Yunnan Golden Bud

YOP-X05 $116/lb $110/lb $104/lb 44 lbs
These pure golden buds are carefully hand selected from the most tender shoots. The ultimate in Yunnan blacks, this limited production tea is smooth, rich and bold with creamy aromatic qualities and hints of cinnamon. Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 2.5 min. 3 inf.


Yunnan Golden Needles
Sorry, Sold Out

YOP-X06 $129/lb $121/lb $113/lb 11 lbs
Resembling long, slender needles these plumb, hand-rolled, buds are an innovative blend of black and fermented tea. The rich, caramel-sweet body also has gentle earthy notes. Bright gold liquor and gentle but full aroma. Limited Availability! Brewing: 1.5 tsp, 200 deg, 2.5 min. 3 inf.