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.

 

    • Ancient Forest Yunnan, Org./FT - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Ancient Forest Yunnan, Organic

      Here's a good Yunnan with some gold tips. Could easily become your daily cup. A little more earthy than an Assam, takes well to milk, a robust cup.  Authentic Yunnan from the southwestern province of China of the same name, home to ancient forests of tea trees.  Certified Organic. Use...

      $ 7.97
    • Assam BOP broken leaf - Silver Tips Tea Online Store
    • Assam BOP - Organic

      A strong broken leaf tea - grade is usually FBOP or GBOP. What does all this mean? This indicates that it is not a full leaf tea but a smaller broken leaf style, Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe or Golden Broken Orange Pekoe. Your basic "regular" tea. Ideal as a base...

      $ 4.75
    • Assam CTC - Organic - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Assam CTC - Organic

      The everyday tea of India. No frills, just a nice strong cup. Small round granules of tea produced in the Crush Tear & Curl style (CTC). Certified Organic. Good with milk. Does justice to the phrase, "If Strength is your Weakness, then Assam is your Tea".  Definitely a strong cup!...

      $ 9.50
    • ORGANIC BLACK TEA FROM ASSAM INDIA
    • Assam TGFOP - Organic

      Back in stock!  From Chardwar Estate this year - one of the few that were available because of the high demand and low supply from other estates this year due to Covid.  Certified Organic whole leaf robust black tea. Good, full-bodied character.  Nothing too fancy but your reliable, full-bodied, hearty...

      $ 6.50
    • Dian Black, Organic/ Fair Trade - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Dian Black, Organic

      From Yunnan region in China and from some of the oldest tea trees in the world. Very tippy, very rich with a lot of depth and character. Sometimes called Golden Halo.  A taste of chocolate lingers on your palate. We strongly recommend this tea. Certified Organic. Use 1 heaped tsp....

      $ 10.63
    • MAKAIBARI 1ST FLUSH BLACK TEA 2021
    • Makaibari 1st Flush 2021

      Our 2021 Air Freight is here!  We were lucky to snatch up the best of the lots this year prior to the Covid catastrophe in India.  This is lot DJ 13/21 - truly excellent -  with the characteristic greenish hue to the dry leaf and a floral, light amber cup.  ...

      $ 10.44
    • Makaibari 1st Flush Reserve
    • Makaibari 1st Flush Reserve

      We purchased a Special Manufacture First Flush in a long-leaf style.  A very limited quantity of this batch was 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 first flush Darjeeling teas.  The...

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

      This is our best-selling Makaibari tea.  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.  From an estate certified Organic, Biodynamic and Fair Trade.  Enjoy our...

      $ 7.44
    • 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 Sale
    • 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....

      $ 12.98 $ 7.00
    • ORGANIC DARJEELING BLACK LEAF
    • North Point Makaibari

      Our house Organic Darjeeling blend at a lower price point. Just the right body - not too floral, not too astringent, medium cup with a few tips, and with the characteristic Darjeeling note. Organic, Fair Trade & priced right. Use 1 generous tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water...

      $ 8.73
    • Organic Keemun - Silver Tips Tea's Organic Loose Leaf Tea
    • Organic Keemun

      The basic China breakfast black - slight smokey undertones. Organic. Use 1 tsp. leaf per 8 oz. cup.Pour boiling water over leaves.Steep 4-5 mins. Milk may be added.

      $ 5.74
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