Organic Hawaii Premium Black Tea

Sweet toffee combines with a mineral note for a malty, slightly fruity cup

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Organic Hawaii Premium Black Tea
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Organic Hawaii Premium Black Tea


This award-winning tea is another fantastic example of a rare, USA-grown organic tea. It recently won a gold medal in the USA-grown tea category of the Global Tea Championships. 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

Origin: Onomea Tea, Hawaii, USA

Organic Tea from Hawaii

Hawaii is perhaps best known for its production of foods like Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and exotic fruits. But one of its largest commodity crops - sugar cane - left the island within the last few decades to be produced more cheaply elsewhere. As a result, the USDA stepped in about 15 years ago to encourage the development of replacement crops, including tea. The big island in particular has an ideal tea growing environment, possessing volcanic soil of the perfect acidity, plenty of moisture (at least on the east side), and mountainous terrain. Just north of Hilo, on a bluff overlooking Onomea Bay, lies the Onomea Tea Farm. It is a top contender for one of the most picturesque destinations in the world, where you can stand in their meticulously maintained tea garden and watch whales breaching in the nearby waters. Read our blog post about our trip to the Hawaiian tea farms!

Steeping Instructions


At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend black teas to be steeped for 3 to 5 minutes in water heated to a full, rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Lea

    "A smooth and elegant black tea that invites you to slow down and sip with mindfulness. Trust me, your taste buds will say "mahalo!""

  • Sarah

    "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."

  • Jeremy

    "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."

  • Aubrey

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

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, black tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels. Black tea specifically has been found to regulate blood sugar in diabetics better than other types of tea, according to a study done by the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

For more information about the health benefits of black tea and other types of tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 5

    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!

  • 5

    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.

  • 5
    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

    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!

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