First created in the mid-17th century, Red tea (known as "Black tea" in the West) separates itself from other tea categories due to its heavy oxidation. Heavy oxidation gives Red teas a wider range of distinct flavors compared to unoxidized Greens or lightly oxidized Oolongs.
Our Red teas come from all over mainland China, from Fujian to Yunnan. Moreover, many of our Reds come from special, unnamed cultivars or wild and ancient tea trees. Some Reds, like Crimson Needle, are exclusive to our tea shop because we buy the entire stock each year it is produced.