Editor's Favorite | Manhattan Black: A treat for all the senses

I’m Asian and I’ve always loved tea so I thought I’d tried it all… until I had Manhattan Black. My standards are so high now that I can't drink any other black tea. The luxurious ruby hue, the dark honey aroma, and the smooth luscious taste put all other black tea to shame. Delicious both hot and iced, Manhattan Black is a treat for all the senses.

"Seductive dark honey with notes of
ripe black plum and sun-dried raisins"


Seductive dark honey with notes of ripe black plum and sun-dried raisins. The taste of honey coats your mouth with a sweet lingering aftertaste. It’s hard to believe that this flavor is natural. The depth and complexity of the dark maple and stone fruit flavors are unlike anything I’ve tasted before. I am like a bee to this honey flavor. Unlike other black teas that tend to be bitter and astringent, Manhattan Black is luscious and smooth, no matter how long you steep it.


The dark honey aroma will change the way you think about black tea. And the secret behind this aroma will change the way you think about insects. Over generations, Us Two Tea’s farmers have discovered that when a local insect eats the tea leaves, their saliva sweetens and deepens the tea’s flavor, resulting in the sensuous aroma of Manhattan Black. Instead of using pesticides, the farmers co-create with nature to produce captivating scents and flavors.

"The dark honey aroma will change
the way you think about black tea"


This tea is the same color as the classic cocktail, Black Manhattan, but the official name of this tea is ruby black. When you steep it, you’ll see why. Like a ray of light shining through a dark ruby, the reddish brown hue becomes deeper and more complex over time, complementing the warm, enticing flavors and aroma. I intentionally drink Manhattan Black in a white mug so that I can admire this alluring liquid ruby. Truly a rare gem, this tea releases a mesmerizing color.


Manhattan Black is caffeinated enough to keep me going, but gentle enough that I never feel jittery or have trouble sleeping at night. I don’t usually remove the teabag from my cup, letting it steep continuously to bring out the flavors and get the most of the caffeine. I drink Manhattan Black while I write and sometimes pair it with something slightly sweet, like dark chocolate and almonds. On a hot day, I add some ice, which really brings out the natural honey flavor.

Us Two Tea’s Manhattan Black is so unique that it’s impossible to capture the distinctive taste, aroma, and color in writing. Go and try it so you can experience the dark honey taste, deep ruby color, and captivating aroma firsthand. Even if you’re an experienced tea drinker, I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Manhattan Black is an intoxicating treat for all the senses - enjoy, and sip responsibly!

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