Devout black tea enthusiasts—ones normally unheard of drinking flavored black teas, have come to love All Tea's flavored black teas. Black tea's rich, distinctive flavor comes from leaves that have been crushed, fermented, fired and rolled. Combining our high-quality Ceylon black teas with unique, natural essence flavors, offers what we are regularly told to us by our customers as the best teas that they have ever tasted. Adding to the already inherent high-quality nature of our loose leaf teas, is our vacuum packing process. We vacuum pack all our teas, locking in garden-level freshness that is an almost a sensory overload when you first open a package of our tea and, as always, all shipments are shipped free of charge.
What type of tea do we use, how do we flavor the tea and why do we use natural flavors?
Firstly...we only use our high grown Ceylon teas from the top 3 tea growing regions of Sri Lanka: Nuwara Eliya, Dimbula and Uva. These three high-grown tea districts produce flavorful teas that have classic ‘Ceylon’ tea character which is noted by floral bouquet and flavor notes, touches of mild astringency, bright coppery color and, most importantly, perfect for use as the base tea of our flavored teas. Dimbula and the western estates of Nuwara Eliya have a major quality peak during Jan/Feb, whereas Uva and the eastern estates of Nuwara Eliya have their peak in July/Aug. This ‘dual peak period’ allow us to buy the best for our flavored tea blends several times during the year, ensuring top quality and freshness.
Secondly...we use flavoring oils—not crystals—to give the tea drinker an olfactory holiday before indulging in a liquid tea treat. Thirdly, we specify natural flavors. High quality tea tastes good and natural flavors do not mask the natural taste of the high grown Ceylon tea. (The norm for many making flavored tea is to use overpowering artificial flavors which can be used to hide lower quality tea). Natural flavors do not leave an aftertaste giving the tea a clean and true character. It should be noted that natural flavors tend to be somewhat ‘soft ‘ and the flavors slightly muted, but for many this is a refreshing change and one of the desired attributes of our naturally flavored teas.