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

New Zealand Waikato Black Tea

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

345 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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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.

13 December 2020
Veronika D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Brilliant tea!

Really great, very high quality tea. Since discovering it I mainly drink this tea now.

04 December 2020
Tia L.
United States United States

New Zealand Waikato

Better than desert. Chocolate on toast. A new late morning habit. Thank you.

23 November 2020
Anna S.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Delicious tea

Expensive but very delicious! I've bought this twice now. It's great as a special treat when you really want to savour your tea. Bear in mind that you can use the same tea leaves to make multiple cups of tea and just when you think they've really 'had it', use them again with your regular builders brew to add a certain something.

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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