Black Tea (Varietal/Non-Flavored)

Assam, Darjeeling, Ceylon, English Breakfast – all these are Black Teas, the most commonly known tea throughout the world.  But each is different!  Darjeeling, the “champagne of tea” is as different from Assam as Chardonnay is from Pinot Grigio.  Although they all begin as fresh green leaf, black teas get their dark color through a specific tea manufacturing process.  For more on this, read our section on Tea Basics.  You can browse by origin or name or type - just use the filters provided. For ease of navigation, we have arranged them alphabetically.  Additionally, well-known blends such as English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast are grouped under Popular Blends.

 

    • Keemun Superior - black tea with a hint of natural smokiness - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • Keemun Superior

      The name comes from Qimen county in southern Anhui province. A robust tea with staying power. Perfect for the afternoon or evening. A hint of natural smokiness. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 6.70
    • Kenilworth OP - One of the best known Ceylon gardens - long leaf, OP grade, full-bodied - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • Kenilworth OP

      One of the best known Ceylon gardens - long leaf, OP grade, full-bodied, good with or without milk. Use 1 heaped tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 4.58
    • Kenya GFOP - a broken leaf tea (GFOP) and has a nice full body and bright cup - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • Kenya GFOP

      A good tea for those who like a robust cup. Kenya is the largest tea producer in Africa. Tea gardens can be at elevations of up to 6,000 feet. This selection is a broken leaf tea (GFOP) and has a nice full body and bright cup. Good with or without...

      $ 6.61
    • Khongea Estate - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • Khongea Estate

      Rich, malty, a very good everyday Assam with nice, thick liquor, some tips to the leaf producing a good-morning breakfast cup. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves. Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 5.58
    • Makaibari 1st Flush Reserve
    • Makaibari 1st Flush Reserve

      We purchased one chest of a Special Manufacture First Flush this year in a long-leaf style.  Only 10 kg. of this batch were manufactured - Lot 06/20 - which we air-freighted in.  It is unusual in the leaf style - long, uncut leaves with greenish tips, a style usually not employed for...

      $ 10.00
    • ORGANIC DARJEELING BLACK 2ND FLUSH
    • Makaibari 2nd flush 2020

      This is our best-selling Makaibari tea.  We're starting the year with our air-freight stock - DJ 69/20.  2nd flush has more body than 1st flush and is more pungent and floral than 1st season which tends to be more astringent.  It keeps its character better even as the leaf matures. ...

      $ 7.43
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari 2nd Flush-previous season

      Still wonderful but alas, this year's stock is now in! This is from the previous 2019 season - A classic 2nd flush muscatel tea from the Makaibari Estate - the pioneers of biodynamic tea farming in the world. This tea has a pronounced floral bouquet, with nutty and pungent notes in...

      $ 8.64
    • Makaibari Autumnal - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Makaibari Autumnal

      A mellow tea from the later part of the season from an estate known for its commitment to sustainable agriculture. A very easy tea to enjoy! Stronger than 1st or 2nd flush teas. Can tolerate some milk. For those familiar with Makaibari Apoorva in India, this is the tea to choose....

      $ 6.49
    • BLACK TEA FROM ASSAM REGION, MANJUSHREE ESTATE
    • Manjushree Assam

      A well-balanced tippy Assam, a fine pluck with well defined elegantly twisted leaf. Not too malty with a sweet finish. Well-priced. Use 1 generous tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Good with milk.

      $ 10.31
    • Meleng Estate, Assam - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • Meleng Estate, Assam

      Premium Assam. Well defined leaves, an abundance of tips, outstanding. Very smooth, several layers of flavor, no sharpness, just a great rounded cup. This is a treat. The best Assam we carry - pour a cup! Use 1 generous tsp. of leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep...

      $ 15.57
    • DARJEELING BLACK LEAF FROM MILIKTHONG ESTATE
    • Milikthong 2nd flush

      A medium body Darjeeling, well-priced to suit all tastes, with slight astringency. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup. Pour boiling water over leaves.  Steep 3.5 mins.

      $ 5.57
    • New Vithanakande Estate OP - Silver Tips Tea's Loose Leaf Tea
    • New Vithanakande Estate OP

      Tippy and wiry, an exquisite leaf style. Silver-tipped, one of the finest teas out of Ceylon with the classic OP leaf characteristic of this grade. A must try. One of our personal recommendations. A house favorite. Very good for those who enjoy a brisk, flavorful cup. In strength - not...

      $ 12.39
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