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
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.
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!
"A smooth and elegant black tea that invites you to slow down and sip with mindfulness. Trust me, your taste buds will say "mahalo!""
"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."
"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."
"Onomea has created a marvelous tea with a character that reminds me of a rich, Yunnan-grown black tea, set in Hawaii! "
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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!