New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black
New Zealand Waikato Black

New Zealand Waikato Black Loose Leaf Black Tea

11 reviews
Regular price £19.99
(50p per cup)

18 in stock

Every now and then, somebody comes to our Tasting Room with something quite remarkable. The Waikato Black Loose Leaf Tea was one of those memorable occasions. We had to add it to our collection and share it with you.

A first for us from New Zealand; showcasing an innovative new tea terroir and mastery.

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01 March 2023
Tony G.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


Yes, the tea was excellent, and I deliberately ordered the black tea, as I prefer this style for my morning cuppa. Fitted the bill excellently

23 May 2022
Mike M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom


First tried at an afternoon tea in London and really enjoyed it. Have since bought this several times and this is one of my favourite drinks. I would recommend it to anyone.

25 March 2022
Evie S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

A real pleasure

This is the first tea I've tried that really is delicious without milk. I have those old habits and whilst I know that milk subdues the flavour of tea and it negates the health benefits I am finding it difficult to kick the habit. This one, though, I choose to have black. So if you are a tea with milk addict and want to ease into tea without milk, try this one. A real pleasure

25 February 2022
Rebecca P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Wonderful Waikato

Sweet, Spicy, Syrupy.... Everything I want from a black tea. Best brewed Gong Fu style, high leaf to water ratio. Makes for a fantastic cold brew in the summer months too. All credit to those who persued this innovation and allowed these plucky seedlings to survive and thrive in New Zealand!

26 February 2021
Esme B.
Netherlands Netherlands

Smooth wake up call

Dear me, I drink tea a lot and have had some excellent ones from Rare Tea before. Still I am utterly surprised and delighted drinking this Waikato Black. I have drawn three infusions and don’t know which to recommend more; the 1 minute first cup was smooth, silky, but the second (2,5 minute) let me find that biscuity taste. Now the third (almost 4 minute) infusion is adding some greener, moss notes. I can’t wait to try the cold infusion as suggested by another satisfied customer.

Tasting Notes

This whole leaf black tea has a full-bodied biscuity mouth feel that’s both distinct and gentle. Notes of gingerbread and late summer honey.


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.


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

Cost Per Cup

50p per cup based on 2.5g of tea per 150ml of water and 2 infusions.


Careful propagation


Waikato, Hamilton

The Zealong Tea Estate’s home is the Waikato region in Hamilton, New Zealand. Hamilton is renowned for its fog and this plays a key role in ensuring the tea bushes maintain the perfect level of moisture to thrive.


Gentle sunshine, and abundant rainfall

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