Red Tea 紅茶

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Incorrectly called “black tea” in the western hemisphere, red tea (hóngchá) is so called for the distinctive color of the liquor (the brewed beverage), ranging from the amber-orange of Darjeeling to the ruby hue of Keemun.  Some red teas are specifically prepared or blended for adding milk or sugar, some are meant to be enjoyed without.  All can be made into excellent iced tea.

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AssamAssam

(India) Assam tea is the definitive bold Indian tea, with an emphasis on quick steeping time, strong tannin content, and energizing amounts of caffeine.  Prized for its rich malty flavors, Assam is used in most Breakfast tea blends.  It is a wonderfully full-flavored, bold tea on its own. Milk recommended, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
 Temperature boiling (205°F)  Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
 Time 1-2 minutes

CeylonCeylon

(Sri Lanka) This blend balances the different qualities of Sri Lankan low-altitude and high-altitude teas to create a base of robust, earthy flavors with a smooth, brisk finish. Sri Lankan teas are noted for their smoothness, both in flavor and texture, and their mild, malty warmth and wakefulness.  This tea is also very versatile, being equally good with or without milk or sugar.  Milk recommended, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

DarjeelingDarjeeling

(India) Traditionally the most highly-prized teas of India hail from Darjeeling, noted for their light body, beautiful golden color, delicate fragrances. An excellent smooth, soothing tea of a meditative, relaxing character. Milk, sugar discouraged.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¾ tsp) tea
Time 1½-2 minutes

Earl GreyEarl Grey

(blended in Germany) Tea scented with powerful fragrant bergamot, famous worldwide for its zesty aroma and finish. A bright, invigorating, and aromatic afternoon tea, enjoyed by many for its unique bouquet and flavor. Milk discouraged, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4½ tsp) tea
Time 4 minutes

English AfternoonEnglish Afternoon

(blended in the UK) Blended to be lighter, delicate, and aromatic, for a relaxing soothing afternoon cup to get one through to the evening. Wakeful but not overly stimulating, warm and smooth, very enjoyable fragrance and finish. Milk discouraged, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¼ tsp) tea
Time 4-5 minutes

English BreakfastEnglish Breakfast

(blended in the UK) The classic blend designed to balance a malty, toasty warmth and full body with a full-flavored, wakeful finish. One of the world’s most beloved teas for its uniquely bold robust character. Milk, sugar recommended.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

Irish BreakfastIrish Breakfast

(blended in the UK) A classic blend, wakeful and robust with a brisk finish. Meant to be a wee bit bolder than its English counterpart, with the same complexity of aroma and flavor that blends perfectly with milk for a morning cup. Milk, sugar recommended.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

KandyKandy

(Sri Lanka) Kandy is a mid-altitude Sri Lankan tea that is about as “tea-flavored” as you can get – it’s warm, toasty, and straight-ahead. You might think this means boring, but we see it as a relaxing, middle-of-the-road cup for those times when you want a no-frills, solid cup of good tea. Kandy is exactly that, and because of its healthy steeping time, is a natural base for adding your own spices, such as ginger or cinnamon. Milk, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3½ tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

KeemunKeemun (祁門紅茶)

(China) Known as “the burgundy of tea” for its distinctively rich colors and full, complex flavor, often described as having hints of plum or muscatel. Keemun has excellent body and fragrance, and is considered one of the most refined of the Chinese red teas. Milk, sugar discouraged.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2¾ tsp) tea
Time 4-5 minutes

KenyaKenya

(Kenya) Tea has been grown here since the early 1800s, but has really come into its own in recent generations as planters are now focusing on better quality and flavor. Kenya tea has a rich, smooth basic flavor with the slightest aroma and aftertaste of rose petals – a wonderful combination of robust and fragrant, a surprisingly tasty tea that we are very proud to offer. Milk, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4½ tsp) tea
Time 3-5 minutes

Lapsang SouchongLapsang Souchong (立山小種)

(China) Known as “the whiskey of tea” for its completely unique flavor and aroma – this is Chinese tea that is smoked over resinous woods for weeks, imparting the distinctive, strong smoky flavor directly into the cup. For those who love grills, autumn leaves, or cigars. Milk discouraged, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F)  Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¾ tsp) tea
 Time 5 minutes

LycheeLychee

(China) Rich red tea scented in the traditional manner with the fruit and petals of the lychee, for a smooth sweet tea with a light fruit aroma. Very relaxing and full-flavored, also makes an impeccable iced tea. Milk discouraged, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2½ tsp) tea
Time 5 minutes

Masala ChaiMasala Chai

My Masala Chai is balanced to be warm and simple. An aromatic blend of tea, caradamom, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, meant to be prepared with milk (as pictured). Soothing and relaxing but full-flavored and thoughtful – a perfect cup with which to wake up or recover from a long tiring day. I hope you like it, my Masala Chai is the result of years of research and testing! Milk, sugar recommended.

I strongly recommend making Masala Chai in the traditional manner, in a mixture of milk and water for full flavor extraction. The recipe is printed on every package of Masala Chai, and will eventually also be available here.


NepalNepal

(Nepal) This tea, grown in the high hills of the Himalayas, is often described as a more robust, earthier relative of Darjeeling, India’s prized highland tea. The leaves have a similar green appearance, but Nepal tea is certainly a bit bolder than Darjeeling, presenting woody, toasty flavors and pleasant dry aroma, with a rich finish and good body. A lovely and unusual find for those wanting a light, clean, but warm satisfying drink. Milk, sugar discouraged.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4¼ tsp) tea
Time 5 minutes

NilgiriNilgiri

(India) The Nilgiris, or Blue Mountains, in southwest India are the source of this rich, full-flavored tea. Steeped lightly, Nilgiri tea has the smoothness and woodsy flavor of a Sri Lankan tea, or it can be steeped to its fullest to approach the boldness and robust flavors of Assam. A versatile tea equally good morning or afternoon.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¼ tsp) tea
Time 2½-3 minutes

RoseRose

(China) Red tea blended with real rose petals for a light warm, floral fragrance, providing a well-rounded flavor and feel with clean lightly sweet finish. Not overly perfumed, just well-scented and flavored tea with warm satisfying flavors and clean refreshing aroma. Very pleasant and relaxing. Milk discouraged, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4 tsp) tea
Time 5 minutes

Russian CaravanRussian Caravan

(blended in the UK) A grossly misrepresented blend, real Russian Caravan tea should not be overly smoky and robust, but rather of an aromatic quality like an oolong – there’s a story behind this, feel free to ask me at the store. My Russian Caravan, true to tradition, is a complex blend with exotic but delicate fragrance, good body and smooth finish, and does not taste smoky at all. Milk discouraged, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (3½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (4½ tsp) tea
Time 4 minutes

Scottish BreakfastScottish Breakfast

(blended in the US) Rich, malty, with hints of smoke and spice, Scottish Breakfast is an interesting variation on its classic English and Irish cousins. Very smooth and warm, combines with milk and sugar perfectly for a tasty wakeful cup on cold rainy days, with a rich texture and satisfying warming flavors and clean finish. Milk, sugar recommended.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3 tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

UvaUva

(Sri Lanka) This highland tea is famous for the distinctive “brisk” finish that is associated with classic Ceylon blends. This briskness is a very slight tangy or minty high note, providing the cleansing finish that caps off this warm, smooth tea perfectly. Blends especially well with milk, and is an important ingredient in most breakfast blends. Milk recommended, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2¼ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3 tsp) tea
Time 3-4 minutes

VanillaVanilla

(blended in Germany) Real Chinese tea blended with authentic Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar for a uniquely warm, sweet, aromatic drink. Wonderful with milk, or added spices, such as our Chai Masala. Milk recommended, sugar optional.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3½ tsp) tea
Time 4 minutes