Black teas are the fully oxidized leaves of the camellia sinensis, and are the most highly caffeinated variety of tea leaf.
We do not use essential oils in our tea blends, only freshly milled herbs and spices to acquire the desired flavors. This allows for a more thoroughly blended, subtle bouquet of flavor in each infusion, in addition to maintaining the beneficial qualities of ingredients such as cinnamon, ginger, and peppermint.
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Assam Black Tea$13.00 – $14.00
Assam Tea is grown in lower elevations than most teas in the famed Assam Region in Northeastern India. Only the flowery leaf from the very tip of the branch is harvested to deliver the highest graded quality possible.
Our Assam Tea is hand harvested in May and June to allow the tea leaves to develop golden-colored tips that produce a sweeter, spicy and malty flavor. No aromatic oils. Just pure Assam Black Tea.
Avonlea ~ Anne Shirley$14.00 – $15.00
Tannic, sunny, and citrusy. Anne of Green Gables inspired this tea with her boundless energy and wholehearted optimism. Wonderful morning blend, pairing the delicate flavor of Darjeeling Black Tea with the sweetness of orange zest and roses.
Like Anne Shirley brightening the Cuthberts’ days with her enthusiasm and imagination, this summery tea blend pairs perfectly with sunrise, porches, and warm days. Drink hot or iced. No aromatic oils. Just sunny spices and black tea, for a wholesome start to the day. [Darjeeling, Assam, Roses, Orange Peel]
Baker Street ~ John Watson$14.00 – $15.00
Brisk, strong, and robust. Three black teas of highest quality, in one mug? It’s elementary, really- start the day with Baker Street, and you’ll have the energy to keep up.
Traditional English Breakfast blends contain two or more black teas. With Keemun Congo for body and Assam & China Black for tannins, Baker Street is a delightful way to jumpstart the day- and if you’re off to solve the world’s mysteries, you need a jumpstart. No aromatic oils. Just pure black tea to wake you up.
Brobdingnag ~ Lemuel Gulliver$14.00 – $15.00
Strong, peaty, and robust. Our Irish Breakfast blend. With the smoky flavor playing under the tannins of the highest quality black teas, it’s a bold enough flavor even for the giants of Brobdingnag.
Assam black tea’s malty flavor is supported by Keemun Congo & Darjeeling, creating a full-bodied “builder’s tea” with a hint of the bogs. Named for Dublin’s Jonathan Swift and his classic masterpiece, Gulliver’s Travels. No aromatic oils. Just pure flavor to enlarge your day.
Darjeeling Black Tea$13.00 – $14.00
Grown on the Southern Slopes of the Himalayan Mountains in the Indian province of Bengal, true Darjeeling can only come from one of 78 Tea Gardens recognized by the Tea Board of India.
To make Local Spicery’s Darjeeling, only the flowering tips of the Second Flush of the plant are harvested, and fermented for several hours to create the aromatic, sweet, and slightly astringent complex flavors of Darjeeling. No aromatic oils ~ Just pure Darjeeling Tea.
Dundalk ~ Cú Chulainn$14.00 – $15.00
SEASONALLY AVAILABLE, BEGINNING IN MARCH
Special for St Patrick’s Day, when it’s gone it’s gone!
Minty and strong, this black tea blend is an excellent fortification for those who rise to the occasion and surpass expectations. Named for the boy Sétanta, fearless warrior and hero of Ireland.
A twist on the classic breakfast tea, the longer Cú Chulainn steeps, the more complex it will grow. As the black teas deepen and the tannins grow sharper, so too will the spice of chicory and the sweetness of mint. No aromatic oils. Just pure flavor, strengthening and bolstering for impending destiny.
Keemun Congo Black Tea$13.00 – $14.00
Keemun teas are harvested in Qimen County, China. Only the highest quality teas of the region are reserved for the Gongfu Tea Ceremony, and subsequently known in the west as “Keemun Congo” (Qimen Gongfu).
For our Keemun Congo, the flowering tips are harvested in spring and summer, withered in the sun, and lightly toasted. All teas reserved for the Gongfu Tea Ceremony are selected for taste and their ability to “satisfy the soul,” and Keemun Congo in particular is revered for its malty, slightly smoky flavor.
La Mancha ~ Dulcinea$14.00 – $15.00
Cacao, roses, and a hint of cinnamon makes this black tea blend rich and romantic. Dulcinea brings out all that is impossible and fanciful in life, existing to tint all glasses rose. Hopeless optimism and sense of adventure not included.
Keemun Congo strengthens while Cassia sweetens, creating a sensual tea for those who dream the impossible dream. Don Quixote’s Dulcinea is all that is beautiful & pure in life. While tilting at windmills could cast you down, it may also cast you up…among the stars! No aromatic oils. Just pure flavor, and lots of heart. Contains black tea, cacao, roses, and cassia.
Manor House ~ Pip$14.00 – $15.00
A cinnamon black tea, all sweetness and spice, blended to satisfy. The second name Dickens assigns to the Manor House is Satis- “which is Greek, or Latin, or Hebrew, or all three—or all one to me—for enough.” So is this tea.
The flavors of Dickensian London are present in this tea blend, with Pip’s cinnamon sweet hopefulness and citrus-bright positivity mingled with the tannic disappointments that galvanize him into further action each chapter. No aromatic oils. Just spices and tea, to fuel your climb. Contains black tea, cassia, and orange peel.
Oolong Tea$13.00 – $14.00
Oolong Tea, from the Chinese words for “Black Dragon,” is one of the rarest and costliest teas in the world. It is grown in mountainous areas, and treated with a labor-intensive, hand-crafted process.
Local Spicery’s Oolong tea, from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian, China, is harvested in the late spring, sun-wilted, bruised, twisted into strands, partially oxidized, and air-dried and fired to obtain the traditional rich, smoky flavor that causes many people to place Oolong between the spectrum of green and black tea.