Organic South Indian Black Tea

Bright and full-bodied, smooth, with subtle tangy sweet and sour notes

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic South Indian Black Tea
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Organic South Indian Black Tea

Backyard Compostable Tea Packaging

This fine organic and Fair Trade Certified Indian black tea hails from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in the southern tip of the Indian peninsula grown amid lush rain forests. The infusion boasts a bright body with tangy sweet-n-sour notes that evaporate quickly in the mouth with medium astringency. The leaves are bio dynamically grown on one of the first tea plantations to be certified organic in India, the Oothu Singampatti Tea Estate.

The Oothu Estate includes roughly 520 acres of tea production tucked away in the Western Ghats at 3,500 - 4,000 feet above sea level and bordering the remote Kalakad Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary. These forests are some of the best preserved in the world and are home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The local communities have been able to preserve the native flora and fauna extraordinarily well over the years including the creation of a green belt that helps animals cross from one part of the jungle preserve to another without venturing into the tea.

Ingredients: organic Indian black tea

Origin: Oothu Singampatti Estates, Tamil Nadu, India


Oothu Singampatti Estate is one of several holdings of the Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Ltd. (BBTC). The Oothu Singampatti Tea Estate was started in 1929 as a new plantation in the Manjolai Manimuttar hills in the eastern mountain region of southern India. In 1965, the Singampatti Group was founded to manage this estate. This group has three distinct operations, but Oothu Singampatti is particularly interesting as it was the first of the three tea gardens to adopt biodynamic principles and the first in the country to become certified organic. Each day, up to 40 workers collect raw material to make the 120 thousand tons of compost that Oothu’s tea plants require each year for its Demeter certification! Estate workers voted to use their Fair Trade premiums to purchase computers for use in estate schools and to finance training classes in occupational health and safety for all female workers on the tea estate.

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

  • Jeremy

    "This tea is a nice bridge between an Indian Assam and a Darjeeling First Flush."

  • Aubrey

    "Our South Indian Black Tea reminds me of a sunny, late summer day."


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Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Tea

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.