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China Black Teas

The Chinese have enjoyed tea for millennia. Scholars hailed the brew as a cure for a variety of ailments. The nobility considered the consumption of good tea as a mark of their status, and the common people simply enjoyed its flavour.

According to legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor and herbalist, Shennong (sometimes referred to as Shen Nung) in 2737 BC. Please note that we are not actually sure that Shennong ever existed, rather like our own King Arthur... It is said that the emperor liked his drinking water boiled before he drank it. One day, on a trip to a distant region, he and his army stopped to rest. A servant began boiling water for him to drink using branches from a wild tea bush and as the wood burnt, a leaf detached from it and fell into the bubbling water. The emperor drank it and found it very refreshing, and cha (tea) came into being.

It is said that Shennong also invented agriculture and Chinese medicine, and that he took tea as an antidote to the various poisons he encountered whilst undertaking this research.

Black tea retains its flavour for several years and for this reason compressed bricks of black tea even served as a form of currency in Mongolia, Tibet and Siberia into the 19th century.

To this day Black tea accounts for more than 90% of all tea sold in the West. It is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas making it generally stronger in flavour than the less oxidized teas.


Ching Wo Tea

Ching Wo Tea is one of the most distinguished South China Congous.

Da Hong Pao

Also known as Red Robe Wuyi Oolong. Da Hong Pao is the most celebrated,

Golden Monkey King Tea

Known as Jin Hou Cha in China, Golden Monkey King Tea is a rare black tea

Keemun Mao Feng Tea

Mao Feng translates as 'Fur Peak'. This was a tribute tea to an

Keemun Tea

Keemun tea is produced in Qimen County in Anhui Province. It is one of our

Lapsang Souchong Tea

A large leaf China tea, Lapsang Souchong possesses a delightful smokey

Pu'Er Mini Tuo Cha

Pu'Er is a strong, earthy and distinctive tea with an acquired taste

Pu'Er Superior

Our Pu'Er tea is an eight-year old matured Chinese cave tea. This tea

Russian Caravan Tea

The name originates from the 18th Century camel caravans that facilitated