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Origin: Hubei Province

Number One Black Special - Special Lot

Regular price $29.50
Regular price Sale price $29.50
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New Lot: Harvested in the Fall of '21 and just off the boat - get it before it sells out! We only started with 190 tins. 

This is, without a doubt the rarest tea we've ever imported - a bud-only black from a remote region of Hubei. It's tremendously delicious, with deep chocolate notes. Our partner in Hubei usually makes just a single lot to sell to a buyer in Beijing, but we - through great powers of persuasion - have managed to snag our own allotment. Subtle, clear, and complex - this is a special one.

We aim to always sell tea for your everyday life - we have, in fact, said plainly that our teas are not to be hidden away and only brought out for company. This is, perhaps, an exception to the rule.

It is a very special tea - in fact, our Number One special tea.

Weight: 3.5 oz / 100 g | Suggested: 2.5 g / cup - 40 servings.

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Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
It's become our special once-a-week tea!

This tea is all it's cracked up to be! I got a small tin of it and now I save it for our weekly "tech sabbath" days, in which we put away all screens for 24 hours and focus on all the finer things in life. This tea fits in perfectly with this special weekly day. I look forward to the screen-free day, and drinking this tea, all week!

David P.
Great Tea

I am a conoseieur of black teas and this is an excellent tea. Customer service and shipping were excellent as well.


This is a special tea. It's perfectly balanced which makes it an easy tea to wake up to, but complex enough to want to sit with it and savor. Sweet and smooth and has that touch of brightness/acidity that makes it interesting. Sometimes I'll add a splash of milk, which really rounds it out.

Kevin B.
Incredible Black Tea

Little Red Cup has come up with two teas that are very different from the normal. First was the Rangsai Mountain green tea, which I like better with each cup I drink, and now the Special Black. This is a truly special tea. Very different for a black tea. Sweet, and mild, but with an excellent taste. Sold out now, but grab a tin if it shows up again.

Andrea S.

Just an exquisite black tea.

Diane H.
Truly exceptional!

This tea is definitely something special -- smooth and sweet, with no hint of bitterness and a lovely complex flavor.

Pebble K.
Out of this world

This tea is just as advertised. I have never tasted anything so wonderful. Sweet, with chocolate notes. It is not bitter at all. Share it with a good fried that also appreciates fine teas or relax with a nice smooth cup in the afternoon.

Ellen B.
Sweet and Robust

This tea has no “edge” of anything bitter. It’s sweet, but robust and full of chocolate notes, just like it says on the tin.

Qian C.
No. 1 Black Special

This tea looks elegant, and its nice aroma instantly creates a welcoming and comforting feeling. It is so uniquely wonderful that I couldn't decide whether I shall enjoy it daily myself or save it to share with my visitors and guests.

Gary Q.
Well Worth the Price!

I had my third pot after lunch today...savoring the after-glow now! A truly delightful escape from the crazy world of covid-19. As I slowly breathe in the delightful aroma --- "elegant" is the word that comes to mind. The fresh, springy taste is truly unique --- I want, I NEED more!!!