New Zealand Waikato Black Tea

6 reviews
Regular price £17.99
(45p per cup)

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Every now and then, somebody comes to our Tasting Room with something quite remarkable. The Waikato Black 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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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.

21 November 2020
Rebecca H.
United States United States
One of my must-haves

This tea embodies the makes-everything-better properties that one looks for in a good cup. I make sure I always have this on hand because I would be very sad without the toasty, almost chocolate-y notes in my life. Highly recommend!

21 November 2020
United States United States
A new favorite

Being a relative tea novice, I can’t describe Waikato’s taste (I.e. earthy with hints of...) but I can tell you it is my new favorite black tea. While having a pretentious afternoon tea at London’s posh Claridge’s Reading Room, Waikato was one of the teas on the menu. The menu’s description of Waikato resonated and by sheer dumb luck I tried it. I liked it instantly. Although attempted another tea that afternoon, I immediately went back to Waikato—there being no comparison to my palate. I left Claridge’s determined to find Waikato black tea to enjoy at home. Fortunately I found it here at Rare Tea Co. otherwise my enjoyment of Waikato black tea would be limited to afternoon tea at Claridge’s.

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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

45p 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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