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Organic Hawaii Premium Black Tea

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$56.50 USD
25 servings, $2.26 per serving
$9.00 USD
2 servings
Shipping to USA and Canada
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This award-winning tea is another fantastic example of a rare, USA-grown organic tea. It recently won 2nd place in the black tea category of the TOTUS (Tea of the United States) competition. With its beautiful long delicate twists, this premium black tea creates an extremely smooth, fragrant cup. Cultivated on the shores of Hawaii, this tea is harvested and manufactured in micro-lots by the Onomea Tea Company on the Big Island. Established at only 200 ft above sea level, the tea garden is situated in a picturesque location on a small peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean -- absorbing the salty breezes and mineral rich, volcanic soil.

The handpicked, organic loose leaf tea is a blend of leaf from several different varietals and picking dates. After manufacture, the micro-lots are then hand blended by proprietors Rob and Mike to create an exclusive blend for Arbor Teas that has a lovely, complex character. The carob-brown brew is wonderfully clear and bright. The cup is deliciously aromatic offering a taste of the mineral-rich soil, layered with a hint of sweet toffee that lingers on the tongue and develops into a subtle chocolate malt with fruity notes.

Ingredients: organic USA black tea


Serving Size: one and one-half tablespoons (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water

Staff Perspectives


Aubrey Says: Onomea has created a marvelous tea with a character that reminds me of a rich, Yunnan-grown black tea, set in Hawaii!  


Jeremy Says: This smooth cup has very low astringency that can stand up to multiple infusions. I would recommend steeping your leaves directly in your cup with no infuser. Simply refresh with hot water as you sip all day.


Sarah Says: Sipping this tea brings me right back to our visit to the Onomea Tea Farm: the Pacific crashing on the black rocks in the bay below me; spotting whales on their migratory route; and the smell of the surrounding native plants. A magical moment that I will never forget.

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  1. Fantastic!

    Posted by Kara on 17th Jan 2016

    There is a distinctive, gentle sweetness to this tea that I find intriguing--delicious! A special treat from Hawaii!

  2. extraordinary

    Posted by wally jasper on 21st Jul 2015

    This is quite simply an extraordinary black tea. It has a smooth, almost buttery, mouth-feel that is reminiscent of butterscotch. Nothing sharp or bitter or astringent. I wouldn't say it's a "knock your socks off" kind of tea favored by those looking for psychedelic sensorial experiences. But I find it most deeply satisfying, as another reviewer says, "on a whole other level"; a tea to be savored and fully taken in with quiet attention. Highly recommended if only for a rare treat.

  3. Very nice indeed.

    Posted by S. Payne on 6th Jul 2015

    First off, I must give a great big thanks to the people at 'Arbor Tea' for speed of delivery. Ordered on the 2nd of July, received on the 6th. Two and one half business day's delivery time. Anything that travels that fast should have a stewardess on it, don't you think? The flavor profile of this tea is not as deep and mysterious as one might think. It has a rather nice earthen taste with a mineral over tone kicker on the back side. I like it very much. One of the other reviewers of this tea has written that it reminds them of an 'Oolong' tea. This is spot on. It reminds me of a 'Wuyi Da Hong Pao' with a, not as sharp mineral taste. this is a tea that should be experienced at least once, even if only in a sample form.

  4. Pretty good.

    Posted by Bryan on 30th Apr 2015

    I have no idea what makes this a black tea, because the second I smelled the brew it reminded me of the first time I tried an Oolong tea....keep in mind though I am no expert. It definitely has the kick of black tea though. Tastes magical, but for the price id be a tad hesitant unless you wanted a floral black tea from the States. Glad I got to try it at the very least. Throw on a sample, it may be your thing.

  5. Wow!

    Posted by otherwillsmith on 13th Jan 2015

    I splurged on myself for my birthday and bought a few ounces of this tea as I had been curious about it for a while. What can I say? What a treat. This tea is, for lack of a better term, perfect. I love a good black tea, but this tea is on a whole other level from anything I have encountered thus far. The care of the farmers and pickers is immediately evident as you examine the leaves that have received just the right about of fermentation. The leaves steep a beautiful golden liquor that smells immediately of honey and hints subtly at tropical fruit. The taste is perfectly rounded black tea bliss. The only downside for me is at fifty some odd dollars for two ounces it's not financially justifiable to have as a daily drinker, but it does make for a wonder treat for special occasions. Do yourself a favor, try this tea!


We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.

There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.


Quantity of tea: one and one-half tablespoons (1.5) per 8 oz cup of water


Water temperature: use water that has been heated to a full rolling boil (212° F)


Steeping time: 3-5 minutes

Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.

Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.

Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!


There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.

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