Loose Black Tea & Oolong Tea

Black tea is the strongest flavoured and most oxidised of all tea types. It also accounts for over 90% of all tea sold in the West. All our Oolong and black teas at York Coffee Emporium use only premium top range leaves.

Our loose leaf black tea range includes Single Estate delights from Assam, Darjeeling , Kenya and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) alongside traditional favourites including York Emporium Breakfast, Earl Grey and our ever popular Buckingham Palace - a delightful afternoon tea used by the Queen at her garden parties. For our customers wanting something a little different we have a wonderful Chinese Lapsang Souchong ‘Madame Butterfly’, giving a real journey of smoky deep flavours.

Oolong tea is different from black and green tea. It is not common and can only be grown in specific conditions and climates. It is not as fully oxidised as black tea, and contains about half the caffeine of a cup of black tea. Oolong tea has a very broad taste range from honey sweet to woody.

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  1. Assam Behora Tea

    Assam Behora Tea

    Starting at: £3.85

    Enjoy an exquisite cup of Assam Tea

    Taste

    A classic Assam with a traditional leaf. Produced during the second flush in June, this Assam tea embodies all the flavour and strength you expect from a top Assam estate. It gives a bright and coppery cup and is excellent with milk.

    Facts

    Assam is a north eastern province of India. The Behora Estate in Assam's Golaghat district was established in 1908. Behora has developed an excellent reputation by consistently manufacturing best of class teas. Its location near to the river in Golaghat gives the tea the benefit of some of Assam's premier soil conditions as well as making it easier to transport tea via the river. The quality of its assam tea has allowed Behora to thrive and grow and today. The total land under tea is nearly 5 square miles, producing approximately 3 million pounds of tea per annum.

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    Buckingham Palace Garden Party  tea

    Buckingham Palace Garden Party tea

    Starting at: £3.60

    Taste

    This is a medium-bodied blend with a golden coppery colour, delicately flavoured with Earl Grey and Jasmine. It is the blend specially selected for garden parties at Buckingham Palace and is perfect for afternoon tea.

    Each cup is a taste sensation with the flavours coming to the fore at separate times - one minute you taste the Earl Grey, the next you can almost feel the soft floral notes of Jasmine. Finally you get the satisfying fullness of the Assam Ceylon and Kenya blend. Enjoy this tea and be a part of the annual tradition that takes place in the west gardens of Buckingham Palace

    Facts

    The Buckingham Palace blend combines high-grown pure Ceylon Earl Grey blended with soft Jasmine from Fujian Province. Also included are malty Assam (from the Borengajuli estate) , flavoursome Dimbula Ceylon (from Hatton) and a brisk, golden Kenyan (from Kambaa and Kagwe), combining to form a lovely tea.

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    Buckingham Palace Garden Party Pyramids

    Buckingham Palace Garden Party Pyramids

    Starting at: £3.25

    Taste

    This is a medium-bodied blend with a golden coppery colour, delicately flavoured with Earl Grey and Jasmine. It is the blend specially selected for garden parties at Buckingham Palace and is perfect for afternoon tea.

    Each cup is a taste sensation with the flavours coming to the fore at separate times - one minute you taste the Earl Grey, the next you can almost feel the soft floral notes of Jasmine. Finally you get the satisfying fullness of the Assam Ceylon and Kenya blend. Enjoy this tea and be a part of the annual tradition that takes place in the west gardens of Buckingham Palace

    Facts

    The Buckingham Palace blend combines high-grown pure Ceylon Earl Grey blended with soft Jasmine from Fujian Province. Also included are malty Assam (from the Borengajuli estate) , flavoursome Dimbula Ceylon (from Hatton) and a brisk, golden Kenyan (from Kambaa and Kagwe), combining to form a lovely tea.

    Each biodegradable, silk tea bag contains 2.5g of the same grade and quality tea as the loose leaf. The pyramid shape enables optimum infusion.

  4. Darjeeling (Margaret's Hope Estate)

    Darjeeling (Margaret's Hope Estate)

    Starting at: £4.95

    An exceptional Darjeeling Tea from the Margaret's Hope Estate - A superb afternoon tea

    Taste

    The fragrance and taste of this exquisite Darjeeling tea is a complex bouquet that reaches right out of the cup. Some would describe the taste as nutty; others find it reminds them of black currants, but most often it is described as similar to the taste and fragrance of muscat grapes.

    This is an exceptional quality Darjeeling tea, with a fully developed flavour from the 2nd flush harvest. It produces a delicate astringent cup with the distinctive "Muscatel" character. Hints of currant create an almost wine-like taste.

    Facts

    Named after the daughter of the original Darjeeling Estate, Margaret visited the tea estate in India and fell in love with it. Unfortunately she died at sea whilst returning to England. Her father renamed the Estate Margaret's Hope in her memory.

    The bushes at Margaret's Hope are almost entirely the Chinese Jat (genus) accounting for the green-leafed, tippy appearance and the superb fragrance. The tea is grown at high altitudes (up to 7000 feet) and in relatively cool weather therefore the bushes do not grow quickly and production is limited. Our tea is picked during "second flush" (from the end of May to the end of June). This is the the best time of the year for quality, during which no tea in the world compares with a Darjeeling.

  5. NEW
    Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast Tea

    Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast Tea

    Starting at: £4.90

    Taste

    With deliciously malty and lasting caramel notes, this bright, coppery coloured tea is a sensation. It is a thick, full-bodied cup of tea that could fool the most skilled of tea tasters.

    Facts

    Our decaffeinated breakfast tea originates from the Nandi Hills in Kenya. The crisp and cool climate combined with the high altitude allows the tea leaves thrive.

    Unlike most chemically decaffeinated teas, Irish Breakfast is decaffeinated naturally using CO2.

  6. NEW
    Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast Tea Pyramids

    Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast Tea Pyramids

    Starting at: £3.80

    Taste

    With deliciously malty and lasting caramel notes, this bright, coppery coloured tea is a sensation. It is a thick, full-bodied cup of tea that could fool the most skilled of tea tasters.

    Facts

    Our decaffeinated breakfast tea originates from the Nandi Hills in Kenya. The crisp and cool climate combined with the high altitude allows the tea leaves thrive.

    Unlike most chemically decaffeinated teas, Irish Breakfast is decaffeinated naturally using CO2.

    Each biodegradable, silk tea bag contains 2.5g of the same grade and quality tea as the loose leaf. The pyramid shape enables optimum infusion.

  7. Egyptian Camomile Pyramids

    Egyptian Camomile Pyramids

    Starting at: £3.25

    Taste

    Egyptian Camomile are small yellow and white flowers, resembling daisies. The resulting brew is a pale yellow with a distinctly aromatic and floral flavour. The essential oils in the flower also offer a unique scent.

    Facts

    Egyptian camomile is grown in Egypt where the sandy loam and nutrients provided by the Nile allow for perfect growing conditions. The tea is drunk medicinally to sooth toothache, headaches and to ease digestion, it is also a natural relaxant and is used to soothe insomnia and restlessness.

    Each biodegradable, silk tea bag contains 2.5g of the same grade and quality tea as the loose leaf. The pyramid shape enables optimum infusion.

  8. Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1

    Lapsang Souchong Butterfly #1

    Starting at: £4.95

    Taste

    This is a superior leaf Lapsang Souchong offering a crisp character with the remarkable and heady aroma of an oak fire. A unique and distinctive tea sometimes regarded as an acquired taste it is is bright with reddish tints. This smoked tea has a distinctive flavour sometimes referred to as tarry, and is a special tea from Fujian province of China. Lapsang Souchong tea is generally consumed with sugar or milk.

    Facts

    The word "souchong" means sub-variety and this is a sub-variety of other black teas from the Wuyi Mountains of Fujian. The leaves are first withered over fires of pine or cypress wood. After pan-frying and rolling, they are pressed into wooden barrels and covered with cloth to ferment until they give off a pleasant fragrance. The leaves are fired again and rolled into taut strips. They are then placed in bamboo baskets and hung on wooden racks over smoking pine fires to dry and absorb the smoke flavour. The finished thick, glossy, black strips produce a dark red beverage with a unique aroma and taste.

  9. Russian Caravan (Czar Nicholas)

    Russian Caravan (Czar Nicholas)

    Starting at: £3.85

    Taste

    Russian Caravan tea provides a delicate flavour with slightly toasty notes, and a hint of Lapsang Souchong. This is a bright, light black tea with excellent flavour.

    Facts

    In Russia, during the Czar's time, tea was the most important drink after vodka and the traditional way of making tea was to allow a pot to simmer and steep all day. Evidence of this is seen in the Russian samovar which is considered to be the ideal means of making tea Russian style. Russian caravan tea is quite light and flavoursome in order to withstand a day in the pot. The history of Russian Caravan tea goes back hundreds of years, following the transportation of tea along the route of the Silk Road through central Asia. As the tea was transported, local villagers started cultivating tea along the route. This has developed the Lapsang Souchong influence in the blend we find today.

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    York Emporium  Breakfast Tea

    York Emporium Breakfast Tea

    Starting at: £3.24

    Taste

    This combination of select teas from China, Kenya and India, produces a bright and full-bodied breakfast tea with a deep, rich flavour. A traditional Yorkshire blend, our York Emporium Breakfast Tea won a Great Taste Award in 2015 which we believe is richly deserved.

    Facts

    The China tea is from the Yunnan province, where the monsoon climate and altitudes of 4000 feet make it excellent for growing tea, the Kenyan tea is from the Kiambu plantations, high grown at 5000 feet and the Indian tea is from Assam, in the beautiful North Eastern province of India.

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