Chinese Emperor's Breakfast Black Tea
Chinese Emperor's Breakfast Black Tea

Chinese Emperor's Breakfast Black Tea

18 reviews
Regular price £12.49
(31p per cup)

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A rare China tea crafted by masters to produce an astonishingly sweet black loose leaf tea. Made from very young and tender spring leaves and golden buds that have been carefully kept whole during hand rolling.

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21 September 2022
Margarita T.

Exquisite tea

Rich, soothing, comforting, extreme flavour and aroma on second and third brew as well. Unique experience.

25 August 2022
Jeremy F.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Perfect Breakfast tea

I have been buying Chinese Emperor’s black tea for some years now. It is my go to morning cuppa if you like subtlety of flavour combined with real depth of character. I enjoy it as nature intended, without milk or sugar. Highly recommended.

09 July 2022
Michael M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Absolute Favourite

This is my all-time favourite tea, drinkable at any time of the day but always a moment to saviour. I've been drinking it for many years and has never been anything less than perfection. For people who are used to 'normal' breakfast teas, the natural sweetness of this tea will amaze you. It is a must try for any tea lover.

07 August 2021
Ron H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

A lively morning tea

I drink two cups early in the day and before eating. It gets my day off to a good start. My brew is not too strong and is ***** neat - no additions. A very healthy beverage on top of all else.

02 June 2021
Alison J.
Australia Australia

Emperor's Delight

A lovely breakfast tea with an earthy blend, giving it that special something that isn't the usual run of the mill BT. Great with milk, but light enough to be ***** without.

05 May 2021
Kyle W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Delicous tea!

I really enjoyed this blend. I came to it from reading INFUSED, Lovely taste and I could get at least 3 infusions out each time which was wonderful. It’s got the oomph and depth of a good breakfast but with the lightness of a refined black tea, making it endlessly drinkable. I should really get some more. Also, following Henrietta’s brewing instructions has led me to look at how I brew other black teas and adjust time and temperature to get something different out of them.

02 April 2021
Sophie R.
France France

Weekend Breakfast treat

This tea is my weekend treat and ritual, and has helped me signal to myself during lockdowns and WFH that the weekend has arrived. Whereas before I had the same loose leaf tea all week. The Emperor's Breakfast is so scummy with toast, marmelade and cheese. Watching the leaves work their magic in the pot is an extra calming treat for all of 2 minutes. Call it mindfulness or meditation if you will. Not something you'd ever get with stuffy old teabag dust and the dunking manoeuvre.

01 March 2021
Jennifer L.
United States United States

A perfect breakfast tea.

I wake up looking forward to this tea. It's the one I always come back to. Comfort in a cup.

01 January 2021
Spencer D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

A unique breakfast tea

Whilst not a particularly strong tea, it has a richness in taste with a definite chocolate aroma. What was supposed to be a rare treat has become my regular brew!

03 December 2020
ahhyun k.
South Korea South Korea

I'm very satisfied.

I'm very satisfied. I loved both the scent and the taste.

28 November 2020
Katherine M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Amazingly beautiful tea!

23 November 2020
Nathaniel P.
United States United States

Dark, sweet, and malty

A dark, sweet, and malty tea, perfect for getting up in the morning!

25 February 2020
Giuliana L.

Delicious, complex flavor

Before discovering Rare Tea, I never particularly enjoyed drinking black tea on its own. This tea is so delicious, nothing needs to be added to it. Lovely flavor.

14 February 2020


The parcel has just arrived, and I couldn’t wait to brew my first cup of Emperor‘s Breakfast as a special treat before lunch. How complex, how delicious! There are notes of biscuit, cocoa, butterscotch, vanilla, even a hint of peach - this tea will be one of my all-time favourites.

20 May 2019

As delicious as it is ethical

This is a beautiful tea, and just perfect after meals. I love that it is sourced from small-holders across the Satemwa Tea Estate - a rare approach to business trade, but with wonderful results for the smaller farmers and their families. You can taste the cooperation and collaboration in the tea's complexity - Rare Tea Company is true to its name!

18 May 2019


This is my Sunday morning tea, when it's time for something special!! It is so full of flavour yet so delicate! Not to be missed

Tasting Notes

Remarkably smooth with flavours of rich toffee, butterscotch and vanilla. Like White Silver Tips, these spring buds are full of the sugars stored by the tea plant over winter. These tender shoots give the tea an extraordinary sweetness, unlike any other black tea.

The tannins in this black tea are very low and the mouthfeel is clean and silky.


Use 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water.


For the optimum infusion use 80°C (176°F) water.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly.  Best enjoyed without milk.


You can infuse this tea at least twice. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

31p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.

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Serving Suggestion

Normally, this tea would be drunk black and infused at a lower water temperature to enhance its innate sweetness. However, using boiling water and a longer extraction (3 - 4 minutes) will bring out a depth and richness that pairs wonderfully with a drop of milk.

You may notice the colour is a little lighter, but don’t let your eyes fool your taste buds. As long as you don’t over dilute your tea, you should get a lovely well balanced cup of tea with milk. Although if you do like your milky tea very strong – we recommend our Speedy Breakfast or Lost Malawi.

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