Black tea is fermented tea, and is currently the most popular choice in the UK. The tea leaves are picked, withered and then rolled. The process of rolling brings aromatic oils to the surface and encourages oxidization. The rolled leaves are usually left for around two hours. Finally the leaves are fired in an oven with temperatures reaching up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Once 80 percent dry, the leaves complete their drying over wood fires. The resulting product is brownish (sometimes black) in colour and is sorted accordingly to size - the larger grade is "leaf grade," and smaller "broken grade" are usually used for tea bags.

  • The English Breakfast
    Now available in handy teabags... the same popular blend of fine teas as in our loose leaf Bre...

    The English Breakfast


  • Lapsang Souchong
    This ancient Chinese tea has a distinctive flavour with a distinct smokiness. The unique flavo...

    Lapsang Souchong


  • Ceylon OP Pettiagala
    Quality, reasonable strong, bright Orange Pekoe - 'between the rains'

    Ceylon OP Pettiagala


  • Darjeeling organic (Tumsong Estate, FTGFOP1)
    A stunning second flush Darjeeling from the esteemed Tumsong organic tea estate. FTGFOP1 grade...

    Darjeeling organic (Tumsong Estate, FTGFOP1)


  • Earl Grey Darjeeling
    A lighter, muscatel Darjeeling tea base allows the bergamot to shine through in this elegant and ...

    Earl Grey Darjeeling


  • Berried Alive - FUSO teabags
    Our super-popular Berried Alive tea blend is now also available in FUSO japanese teabags. ...

    Berried Alive - FUSO teabags