Chinese Emperor's Breakfast Black Tea

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Regular price £12.49
(31p per cup)

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A rare China tea crafted by masters to produce an astonishingly sweet black 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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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.

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

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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