Chinese Emperor's Breakfast
Chinese Emperor's Breakfast

Chinese Emperor's Breakfast Loose Leaf Black Tea

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

82 in stock

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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14 May 2024
Frank C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Emperor's Breakfast

I first met this on a Fred Olsen cruise. I enjoy leaf teas, and have a teapot with a metal container for the leaves. I enjoy the subtle range of flavours in "Emperor's Breakfast at any time of day: it deserves to be ***** slowly.

07 January 2024
Alban D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

amazing tea

This tea has a really special taste, deep and warm. I love it, it is the small luxury that I keep coming back to.

29 June 2023
Petra K.
Germany Germany

Chinese Emperor‘s Breakfast

Wonderful Tea highly recommended

10 June 2023
Lizzie W.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Perfect for summer mornings

While I love a strong RAF breakfast tea or Lost Malawi with a little milk in winter to get me up, this is my new favourite for summer. I like it black as it has a very subtle, slightly sweet nutty flavour and takes well to a second infusion.

24 May 2023
Louise C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Emperor's breakfast

Emperor’s breakfast is my favourite out of all the black teas. Nothing else comes close. For me it tastes how Tea should, it is clean refreshing with a distinct taste of a classic cup of tea. I’m hooked on it, No other tea will do!

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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