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Black Teas & Blends

Our staff continually tastes and selects teas from many tea producers, regions of the world, and individual tea gardens. We buy teas after we taste them—not before—to find the best teas and values.

Three Things to Know About Buying Black Tea

1. 8 ozs of Black Tea makes 100 6oz cups.

2. Store Black Tea in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odors, and it will have a shelf life of 9-12 months if purchased from a reputable tea merchant.  Put the amount you will use in a couple of weeks into a sealed tin or ceramic canister in the kitchen. Store the remainder in a cool dry place in its original package, rolled down to keep as much air as possible out.  Tea does not "spoil," the taste simply slowly fades as it does with culinary herbs.

3. "In London, love and scandal are considered the best sweeteners of tea." ~ John Osborne


American Bed and Breakfast Blend
American Bed and Breakfast Blend
A careful blend of North Indian, South Indian, and Ceylon teas produces a smooth, medium bodied cup with complex flavor, allowing the taste of the various teas to come through. Drink anytime of the day alone or with food.
$3.95 - $19.95
Assam - Royal Taiwan
Assam - Royal Taiwan

Royal Assam is one of the best Assams we have tasted in over a decade. It is a limited production hand crafted tea grown and produced from special cultivars in the central highlands of Taiwan. The long open twisted dark leaf yeilds a remarkably rich brew that is full bodied with hints of plum. 

$5.25 - $81.35
Assam Bukhial Black Tea
Assam ~ Bukhial Estate

Assam Bukhial Estate (TGFOP1) is a classic breakfast tea which can be taken alone or with milk/sweetening. In the Assams, it has a medium depth and richness of taste, and is preferred by our Indian customers.

$3.95 - $21.95
Assam Chota Tingrai Organic
Assam ~ Chota Tingrai Estate FTGFOP Black Tea ~ Organic

The Chota Tingrai Estate FTGFOP Certified Organic Assam brews a deep copper liquor which is full bodied and robust. Great with milk for your morning tea.

$3.95 - $24.95
Assam Gingia Black Tea
Assam ~ Gingia Estate

Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP). Gingia brews a smooth cup with a nice malty taste allowing the Assam character to come through. We like it both with milk and by itself as an all day tea. When we open a new chest in the Tearoom, a wonderful molasses-like aroma fills the air.

$3.95 - $21.95
Assam Jorhat
Assam ~ Jorhat Tea Company TGFOP

Assam Jorhat Tea Company (TGFOP) is a premium Indian breakfast tea which can be taken alone or with milk/sweetening. In the Assams, it has a medium depth and richness of taste, and is preferred by our Indian customers.

$3.95 - $22.95
Assam Kalgar Black Tea
Assam ~ Kalgar

Assam Kalgar  Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) This is a blend of each year's best Broken Orange Pekoes from several premium Assam Tea Gardens in the Brahmaputra Valley. The Kalgar blend is a true breakfast tea noted for its bold character, and is best enjoyed with milk. Many of our customers make their own Black Tea chai with the Kalgar.

$2.95 - $17.95
Assam Mokalbari Black Tea
Assam ~ Mokalbari Estate
(FTGFOP1). An excellent higher grown Assam from the Dibrugarh district in the upper Brahamaputra Valley. Mokalbari Tea Estate was established in 1917 and is known for its golden tippy teas. This is one of the favorite Assams at Strand Tea. Rich malty notes with layered flavors and low astringency.
$5.50 - $34.95
Black Dragon - Organic High Mountain Taiwan
Black Dragon ~ High Mountain Taiwan ~ Organic

Organic Black Dragon Black Tea is a true tea lovers tea. As soon as we tried this excellent tea, we had several kilos air freighted in from Taiwan. Hand rolled long wiry leaves brew a reddish honey colored liquor with sweet aromas and a depth of taste that is remarkable. 

$5.25 - $81.95
Black Tea Brick Large - Front
Black Tea Brick - Large

Chinese nomads are first credited with compressing tea into "bricks" for easy travel. Tea was so valuable during some time periods that the bricks were scored or marked into sections and bartered for other goods, even horses. These 1.1 kilo  bricks vary between 2.4 - 2.5 lb. Tea Brick has Chinese markings on both sides. THESE DESIGNS DO VARY.

Black Tea Brick Front - Small
Black Tea Brick - Small

Chinese nomads are first credited with compressing tea into "bricks" for easy travel. Tea was so valuable during some time periods that the bricks were scored or marked into sections and bartered for other goods, even horses. This 475-485 gram (16 oz, by weight) Tea Brick has Chinese markings on both sides. THESE DESIGNS DO VARY.

Canadian Friendship Blend
Canadian Friendship Blend
The first new blend we have added in several years. Blended of Assam, Ceylon, and Kenya teas it makes a good all day tea. Our Canadian friends drink it strong without milk. We enjoy the rich flavors with milk or cream.
$3.95 - $21.95
Ceylon Blackwood Black Tea
Ceylon ~ Blackwood Estate ~ Organic
This lot of Blackwood OP1 is the best Organic Ceylon of the season and is a Strand Tea staff pick for a refreshing afternoon tea. Well made leaves with their soft, faintly fruity aroma when dry are characteristic the the best Ceylon High Grown Teas.
$4.95 - $31.95
Ceylon Dimbula Estate Blend
Ceylon ~ Dimbula Estate Blend

This Ceylon Dimbula Estate Blend, Broken Orange Pekoe First Quality (BOP1), comes from the Central Western Highland Region of Sri Lanka known for it's consistent quality production.  The rather long, wiry leaves brew a balanced smooth tea with an earthy boldness and nice aftertaste.  Excellent for iced tea garnished with lemon.  Or take with milk as a breakfast or hearty afternoon tea.

$3.95 - $19.95
Ceylon Kenilworth Black Tea
Ceylon ~ Kenilworth Estate
Orange Pekoe First Quality (OP1). Kenilworth is a fine example of expertly made long, wiry leaves. It is well rounded, bold, but smooth, and has a nice aftertaste. Take with milk or lemon as a hearty afternoon tea.
$3.95 - $23.95
China Black FOP Black Tea
China Black
Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP). The most basic of teas from South China. It makes an excellent and inexpensive iced tea without any bitterness.
$2.95 - $17.95
Darjeeling Makaibari Black Tea
Darjeeling ~ Makaibari Estate Loose Leaf Black Tea ~ Organic
ORGANIC , BIO-DYNAMIC, & FAIR TRADE. Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (TGFOP). Superior grade First, Second, and Autumn Flushes made in the classic style. Makaibari has a bright copper liquor with a smooth, well-rounded taste when steeped 4 minutes.
$4.95 - $31.95
Darjeeling Margarets Hope Black Tea
Darjeeling ~ Margarets Hope Estate
Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange (SFTGFOP) Our choice for a great, bolder Darjeeling. Makes a medium bodied cup, with strong middle notes and classic finish.
$4.95 - $28.95
Earl Grey XF
Earl Grey ~ Extra Fancy Blend

Double Bergamot makes this a tea for Earl Grey lovers. It is our most intensely flavored Earl Grey. Full leaf China, India, and Ceylon teas flavored with oil of bergamot fruit have made Earl Grey the most popular flavored tea worldwide.

$3.95 - $21.95
Earl Grey Manhattan
Earl Grey ~ Manhattan Blend

Our most popular Earl Grey for the past 10 years. A superior blend of black teas flavored with oil of bergamot and flower blossoms offering a unique twist on a well-known blend. Extra smooth and flavorful all day drink.

$3.95 - $23.95
Earl Grey Special Blend
Earl Grey ~ Special Blend
Premium Ceylon Black Tea with Natural Oil of Bergamot and a hint of Vanilla makes this blend special and velvety smooth. It is already a favorite among many Earl Grey fans. Try it as an after meal tea or with deserts.
$3.95 - $21.95
East Frisian Blend
East Frisian Blend

This breakfast blend was inspired by one of the oldest and most passionate tea drinking regions in Europe. It has a malty taste and plenty of flavorful golden tips. We recommend this blend to our friends who want an alternative to coffee.

$3.95 - $22.95
Eleanor's Breakfast Blend
Eleanor's Breakfast Blend

Eleanor's Breakfast tea is a unique Ceylon black tea blend with a tiny amount of green tea and delicate Earl Grey and Jasmine notes. It brews a medium body tea which is hearty enough for breakfast and flavory enough for an afternoon treat with savory or sweet foods.

$3.95 - $23.95
English Breakfast Extra Fancy
English Breakfast ~ Extra Fancy Grade

This is an exceptionally good blend of breakfast teas. The leaves are a little larger and brew slower producing a smooth robust cup. It can be taken with or without milk. We highly recommend it for new as well as 'seasoned' tea drinkers.

$3.95 - $23.95
English Breakfast Organic
English Breakfast ~ Organic
ORGANIC. Classic Indian black tea blend strong enough to please the English and the Irish. Good with milk or sweetening and breakfast foods."
$3.95 - $21.95
English Breakfast Traditional Black Tea Blend
English Breakfast ~ Traditional Imperial Blend ~ Organic

NOW ORGANIC! Fit for the imperial court, premium BOP leaves brew a strong cup but with taste just right to go with hearty foods.

$3.95 - $23.95
Golden Monkey Yunnan
Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey (Jin Ya) Fujian Black Tea.  Ahh!  One of the most beautifully made and tasty Fujian teas. This is a high mountain grown, small batch 'artisanal' tea. Nearly all gold tips produce a wonderful tea liquor with layered flavors and no bitterness.  Steep twice.  Pure self drinking tea at it's best.

$7.95 - $53.95
Himalayan Black Tea - Champawat Estate
Himalayan Champawat Estate Black Tea FTGFOP1 ~ Organic

Located in the Himalayan Foothills of North Central India towards the border of Nepal, this little known tea growing area is producing some of the best Organic Black Tea. The cup is robust, yet smooth, slightly malty. The slight 'sweetness' reminds us a little of the famous Bai Lin Gong Fu which we have been unable to get the past 2 years. Great value in an orgainc tea.

$4.50 - $26.95
Irish Breakfast - Organic
Irish Breakfast ~ Organic

Irish Breakfast Organic is the classic blend of whole leaf Indian teas with premium China FOP. It has a rich malty taste for those wishing a robust cup. Excellent breakfast tea with milk.

$4.50 - $25.95
Irish Breakfast Black Tea Blend
Irish Breakfast ~ Superior
This premium blend of whole leaf Indian teas has a rich malty taste for those wishing a robust cup. Excellent breakfast tea with milk.
$3.95 - $23.95
Jin Jun Mei Black
Jin Jun Mei

Jin Jun Mei, sometimes called 'Gift of Heaven', is a rare and special black tea from the Wuyi mountain range in Fujian. Jin Jun Mei leaf is suberbly crafted of the finest golden tips and tender leaves.  It brews a full bodied, layered , smooth liquor with a slight honey taste.

$7.95 - $53.95
Keemun Hao Ya A Black Tea
Keemun Hao Ya A Imperial Court Tribute Tea
The Hao Ya A is always rated by tea professionals as the top Keemun made. It has an amazing depth of taste, with toasty notes and superb mouth feel. A must try for the tea lover.
$7.95 - $56.95
Keemun Mao Feng Supreme Black Tea
Keemun Mao Feng Supreme

Keemun Mao Feng Supreme from the mountain slopes of Anhui Provence is a great tasting whole leaf black tea. Typically Keemuns are breakfast teas, but the Mao Feng Supreme is a great self drinker or stands milk well so can be taken any time of day.

$6.95 - $51.95
Keemun Xiang Luo
Keemun Xiang Luo

Keemun Xiang Luo, meaning fragrant spirals, has returned after a four year absence!  If you are looking for a premium bold black tea without astringency (bitterness), one which is lovely without milk, this one is for you. 

$6.95 - $44.95
Grand Keemun Black Tea
Keemun ~ Grand Keemun
Keemun teas, which won their first gold medals in 1915, were the original English Breakfast teas prior to the Assams taking over when China teas were not available to the British Empire. The Grand Keemun is a superior quality leaf which gives a range of "toasty" tastes and a robust cup without bitterness.
$4.50 - $25.95
Kenya Kosabei Black Tea
Kenya Black Tea ~ Kosabei Estate
In our opinion, the best cup of Kenya Black tea around. This can become an all day favorite since it drinks well by itself or can take milk and sweetener.
$3.95 - $23.95
Lapsang Souchong Black Tea
Lapsang Souchong
From Fujan Province comes one of the worlds legendary teas, favored especially by the Russians and the American old west cowboys. It has large leaves and a very smoky aroma and taste, making it a hearty tea often taken with milk and sugar.
$3.95 - $19.95
Nilgiri Korakundah Black Tea
Nilgiri ~ Kora Kundah Estate Black Tea ~ Organic

ORGANIC & FAIR TRADE - Flowery Orange Pekoe, (FOP); our best selling Nilgiri Tea. Kora Kundah Estate is thought to be the highest tea estate in the world at almost 8,000 feet above sea level.

$3.95 - $24.95
Nilgiri Parkside Estate special Production
Nilgiri ~ Parkside Estate Special Production

Parkside Estate Special Production SFTGFOP is a light bodied Black Nilgiri tea blended with a small amount of Parkside Green Tea for a smooth light bodied tea with a unique taste. 

$3.95 - $21.95
Portland Blend
Portland Blend
Estate grown Indian and China black teas blended by Strand Tea Company with the Pacific Northwest in mind. This is a satisfying, rich, and smooth blend you can drink all day. One of our most popular breakfast blends.
$3.95 - $21.95
Pu-Erh - Brick (Shu) Black Tea
Pu-Erh Brick (Shu)

TRIBUTE TEA. 12 year old compressed brick. Enjoy now or let age. Approx. 250 gram (8.5 oz) Factory Wrapped Brick.

Mocha Pu-Erh
Pu-Erh Mocha

Mocha Pu-erh.  A delicious tea that breaks all the rules. It instantly became a morning favorite here in the office. The Mocha Pu-erh is rich, full of taste, well balanced, and smooth.  Oh, it gives an energy boost as well.  Lightly aged Pu-erh Black tea is blended with Coffee, Cacao nibs, a little Butterscotch, Almond pieces and Jasmine flowers.

$4.50 - $26.95
Green Pu-Erh Loose Leaf
Pu-Erh Old Tree Green ~ Loose Leaf

Mao Cha Old Tree Pu-erh is a special find made from 50 to 100 year old Yunnan tea trees.  It is made similarly to white teas - withered in the sun for a few hours, then dried in a heated room at about 90°. The leaf is left to age where natural oxidation and fermentation from the organisms in the tea leaf create it's unique flavor.  Because of this process it has more of a green tea characteristic and is considered 'raw' (Mao Cha).  It is a complex tea, slightly 'sweet', with a lingering aftertaste.

$5.50 - $33.95
Three Season Pu-Erh Cake
Pu-Erh Three Season Cake

TRIBUTE TEA. Organic Three Season Imperial Pu-Erh Cake. Excellent 'sheng' or 'raw' tea leaves fermented just enough to start the ageing process.  Made in 2011.  Enjoy now or let age. Approx. 250 gram (8.5 oz) Factory Wrapped Cake.

Pu-Erh 5 gram Tou Cha Black Tea
Pu-Erh Tuo Cha 5 Gram

In China Pu Erh is considered a TRIBUTE TEA, a tea of such exceptional taste it is used for gifting or paying tribute to someone. A true specialty tea, this Pu-Erh was produced in 2005 and is supplied in individually wrapped 5 gram (average) compressed "bird's nests" called Tuo Cha.

$5.95 - $37.95
Pu-Erh 4 gram Tou Cha Black Tea
Pu-Erh Tuo Cha 5 Gram Super Grade

Pu-Erh is a true specialty tea, the exception to the rule in that it gets better with age. Premium tea leaves are partially dried then buried in clay according to the ancient and still secret tradition, to make this highly distinctive tea with rich earthy tastes and aromas which are hard to describe.  This Super Grade was produced in 2010. Great care was taken to find the best leaf material to make this tea, it is good now and we believe it will age perfectly if you care to keep it for a few years prior to drinking it.

$6.75 - $43.95
Pu-Erh Loose Leaf Black Tea
Pu-Erh Yunnan - Loose Leaf
This is a young (two year old), loose leaf Yunnan Black Tea made in the Pu-Erh style. Because it is a cross between a typical Yunnan and Pu-Erh, it has a lighter Pu-Erh flavor and aroma but still a Yunnan undertone. Smooth in the cup and definitely worth trying as a hearty, but flavorful all day tea.
$4.95 - $28.95
Russian Imperial
Russian Imperial
A blend of Lapsang Souchong with other China black teas has a definitive, but not overpowering smoky aroma. When steeped five minutes a rich, slightly sweet taste develops. Add milk and sugar for a surprisingly good breakfast or dessert tea.
$3.95 - $23.95
Scottish Breakfast Black Tea Blend
Scottish Breakfast Blend
Scottish Breakfast tea is a flavorful blend of Premium North Indian, South Indian, African, and China teas. Stand up well to milk and sugar, but also is good straight. Hearty but pleasing like our Scottish friends.
$3.95 - $22.95
Sun Moon Lake Tea
Sun Moon Lake Tea

Sun Moon Lake Red Jade White Tea is truly artisanal. It is a limited production hand crafted tea grown and produced from special cultivars in the central highlands of Taiwan. The long open twisted dark leaf yeilds a remarkably rich brew that is full bodied with hints of sweet molasses and lingering mouth feel. It is one of the Strand Tea owner's favorite teas. 

$5.45 - $92.95
Yu Chi Shan Cha
Yu Chi Shan Cha

Wild high mountain plants are hand harvested from indigenous Ancestral Tea Plants dating to 1697 in Taiwan.   This amazing tea has a mild aroma of honey baked oats and a slight floral scent of wild rose.  The tea liquor is perfectly balanced and smooth with fruit notes similar to white peaches. This tea is so good we recommend it be served in wine glasses.

$6.50 - $97.95
Yunnan Golden Heaven Black Tea
Yunnan ~ Golden Heaven
TRIBUTE TEA. This is one of the best Yunnan teas made, Small, lightly rolled leaves loaded with gold tips produce a rich smooth cup which is flavorful without astringency or bitterness. One of the best morning teas you’ll find. Please do not put any milk or sweetener in this tea – its flavor stands alone.
$6.95 - $49.95
Yunnan - Golden Snail
Yunnan ~ Golden Snail
Golden Snail is one of those wonderful hand crafted black teas made in small production lots by a farm family in the mountains of Yunnan province. The aroma is magnificent, and the tea liquor is rich and smooth.
$6.50 - $39.95
Yunnan Hong Cha Black Tea
Yunnan ~ Hong Cha
Yunnan Hong Cha is back! Introduced in 2006 Hong Cha quickly became a favorite of Yunnan tea drinkers for its rich full taste, smoothness, and affordability. It is a limited production tea Naturally Grown without chemicals on a small tea farm in the heart of the Yunnan mountain area.
$4.95 - $31.95
Yunnan Tippy Black Tea
Yunnan ~ Tippy
Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP), Best Grade. The Yunnan province in southern China has been producing teas for at least 1700 years. This premium high grown hand-produced Yunnan has well-twisted leaves and a few golden tips producing a full bodied brew with little bitterness making it a very good breakfast tea.
$3.95 - $22.95
Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong
Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong

Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong (unsmoked Lapsang). This is the classic tea from the Wuyi Mountain village of Tongmu prized for its 'smoothness' and layered flavors with a slight fruitiness. Xiao Zhong refers to the small leaf varietal used to produce this tea. Staff have rated this tea as a "value plus"  tea meaning is it affordable and can be taken at any time of day with or without food/snacks.

$6.75 - $43.95