Just looking at the tea leaves, one knows why it was given to the Emperor as a tribute. It is a back tea, but the appearance makes one wonder if there is a class of 'golden teas" The flavor matches the appearance. Smooth and subtle. A truly unique tea drinking experience.
Insider Tip: The careful handpicking of the small needles makes this a delicate tea. Compare the flavor brewing at 175.
Caffeine Level: High.
Black tea, or fully oxidized tea, is made from the same plant as green and white teas, camilla sinensis, but is processed differently. Black teas are traditionally produced from one of two varietals, camilla seninsis seninsis or camilla seninsis assamica. Referred to as 'red tea' in most of Asia, referencing the color of the liquor, it is called black tea in the West in reference to the dry leaf color. In China, black tea refers to a pu-erh. Check out our selection here. Black tea can be processed to have a variety of flavors, from a sweet, smooth cup, to a more malty and bracing cup, much depends on the terroir in which the tea was grown and methods used during drying and processing. Black teas are grown all over Asian, including China, India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and Georgia. More recently, tea has begun to be produced in Kenya, Malawai, and other, less traditional locations.
Ingredients: Black tea from China.