Chinese Emperor's Breakfast

Chinese Emperor's Breakfast Loose Leaf Black Tea

14 reviews
Regular price $16.99
(42¢ per cup)

383 in stock

A rare China tea crafted by masters to produce an astonishingly sweet black loose leaf tea. Made from very young and tender spring leaves and golden buds that have been carefully kept whole during hand rolling.

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17 August 2022
Anne J.
United States


This is an amazingly rich tea. For a special treat I blend it 1:1 with RT chocolate tea.

23 July 2022
Wendy K.
United States United States

A sublime favorite

Lots of wonderful butterscotch and vanilla flavors; fine and delicious. Thank you Henrietta for discovering these wonderful teas for us to try and enjoy.

18 May 2022
Jean M.
United States United States

Love this tea

I enjoy the rich, earthy flavor of Chinese emperor.s tea. It is one of my consistent “go-to” teas in my early mornings

01 March 2021
Jennifer L.
United States

A perfect breakfast tea.

I wake up looking forward to this tea. It's the one I always come back to. Comfort in a cup.

01 January 2021
Spencer D.
United Kingdom

A unique breakfast tea

Whilst not a particularly strong tea, it has a richness in taste with a definite chocolate aroma. What was supposed to be a rare treat has become my regular brew!

Tasting Notes

Remarkably smooth with flavours of rich toffee, butterscotch and vanilla. Like White Silver Tips, these spring buds are full of the sugars stored by the tea plant over winter. These tender shoots give the tea an extraordinary sweetness, unlike any other black tea.

The tannins in this black tea are very low and the mouthfeel is clean and silky.


Use 0.09oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water (2.5g per 150ml).


For the optimum infusion use 176°F (80°C) water.


Infuse for 1 - 2 minutes, tasting regularly. Best enjoyed without milk.


You can infuse this tea at least twice. With each careful infusion, different subtleties of flavour are revealed.

Cost Per Cup

42¢ per cup based on 0.09oz of leaf per 5.1fl oz of water and 2 infusions.

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Serving Suggestion

Normally, this tea would be drunk black and infused at a lower water temperature to enhance its innate sweetness. However, using boiling water and a longer extraction (3 - 4 minutes) will bring out a depth and richness that pairs wonderfully with a drop of milk.

You may notice the colour is a little lighter, but don’t let your eyes fool your taste buds. As long as you don’t over dilute your tea, you should get a lovely well balanced cup of tea with milk. Although if you do like your milky tea very strong – we recommend our Speedy Breakfast or Lost Malawi.

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