"The Reluctant Trading Experiment imports truly the finest Tellicherry Peppercorns we have ever seen. The flavor and fragrance is comparable to the complex notes of a fine aged wine."
– Ava Gene's Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Named one of the best restaurants in the USA by Bon Appetit

“I love Reluctant Trading for its outstanding ground turmeric and Tellicherry peppercorns—best you can get. So complex.”
– Bonnie Morales, Kachka Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Quoted in Bon Appetit Feature "10 Great Online Specialty Food Stores."

"My world has changed since I started using their amazing spices."
– Lena's Kitchen Blog,, award-winning national food blogger 

Based on 200 reviews
Best peppercorns I have found so far.

Very happy with my purchase and will be a repeat customer. Shipping was quick.

The best ever!!!

I cannot live without these peppercorns!! I have a life before these peppercorns and a life after these peppercorns. There is no going back to by unfulfilled life.

Repeat purchase!

I think this is my 3rd order of this terrific pepper. The first time I received it, I had a pepper mill recently filled with peppercorns from the grocery store. When I smelled the peppercorns from Reluctant Trading, I tossed the other ones and never looked back. So aromatic and fresh! These peppercorns pack a punch that really has to be smelled and tasted to be believed. It's the only pepper I'll buy now!

Dancing the Peperana!

Unless you have ordered from the Reluctant Trading Company (RTC) before, you simply don't know what to expect. Quick, friendly service with a touch of humor. But that isn't the reason I came back. RTC has, simply, the best pepper available on the face of the earth. If you enjoy wine, you will enjoy the nuances of this pepper! Layers of fragrance...not just pepper, but flowers, fruits, chocolate and more developing as you inhale. The same on the palate: Layers of flavor which keep on developing... not just heat, but flavors that I didn't even know that pepper was capable of imparting, and don't know how to describe. And, all of that without any elbows or other sharp objects poking you along the way...perfect balance. Literally, anything that can be improved by the use of black pepper, can be raised a couple of notches with the Tellicherry Pepper from RTC. If you have purchased their pepper before, you already know all of this. If you haven't, please add this incredible pepper to your culinary arsenal.

Chai glasses & carrier

Happy to have purchased the glasses and carrier. Really like the look and feel.

the Great Salt debate of 2017

I really love the intensity of this salt. a very "briny" aspect that is delightful. After some adjustments I can verify that the salt will work with the grinder as well.
The whole process was smooth, as usual. This company truly expresses a personal interest in their customers that is woefully lacking today in so many others.
Repeat customer(offender), feeding a salt and pepper "monkey on my back" like Yoda teaching Luke.

The Tellicherry Peppercorns are Amazing!

I spent quite a bit of time researching different sources of these large Tellicherry peppercorns. The ones from The Reluctant Trading Experiment cannot be beat and the value is fantastic. The aromas and taste are amazing.

Wowzers! So good!

I didn't know how much I would love this pepper and pepper grinder! I am excited to share it when friends come to eat-- it is so good, such a lovely flavor. I love the smooth ease of the mill. Thanks RTE!!

6 stars out of 5!

There are two things that always need to happen together when merchandizing a product. They are: presentation and superior product. The Reluctant Trading Experiment hit the nail on the head, not only with the salt but also with the pepper. I will be back and also trying more products.
Keep on knocking the ball out of the ball park!
I would give them 6 stars out of 5!

Pleasing Pepper Review

First off, an amazingly fast delivery! The Organic Black Pepper was much more aromatic than any I've tried in the past labeled 'Tellicherry'. The heat was pleasantly more than I expected too, but mind you not too hot. Loved my experience with your product and will recommend it here at home. dvane

Haven't tried other pepper corns since

I like trying new foods and spices. Since I've had Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, I have not tried any other peppercorn since. I eventually will. Excellent

Like the peppers

Fast shipping. Will buy again

Excellent Quality Spices and Customer Service

I've ordered my salt, pepper and paprika from Reluctant Trading for the last several years. The prices are very reasonable and the flavors of the spices are great.

Best Chai ever

This is my 3rd or 4th time purchasing this Chai and it is fantastic. I love the spicy taste you get with it that is not found in any chai you could get at a chain grocery or coffeeshop. I only wish I had an espresso maker so I could have it as a dirty chai latte. Please never stop sourcing this awesome blend!


Works like a charm. Great pepper a little or a lot course or fine you can't go wrong.

Form and function

Very nicely designed pepper grinder, works beautifully - thanks!

Great Peppercorn!

This is the best peppercorn that I have found. Friends love it, so , I have ordered them as gifts.

We enjoy it more than we expected

We love the salt and pepper in the flask so much, much more than expected. all my friends are tired of hearing about it. It's our new favorite gift to give. And we are making food specifically to cover in pepper and salt. Like corn on the cob and pasta. Just to taste the pepper. And that is only because we should not eat just pepper and salt.

What pepper should be...

If you haven't experienced this pepper you are missing out. It's incredibly fragrant and flavorful... a 'must have' spice for your kitchen.

Fast and fine to share with foodie friends.

While exploring new varieties of seasonings that are not available in my local markets I found TRTE. My order for peppercorns were shipped so quickly I was enjoying them in like three days. I bought a larger package so I can share them with friends. So good on corn on the cob. Thanks, J

Most delicious chai

This is the most delicious chai the whole family and friends loved it and agreed it's b st tasting chai

Bollywood Masala Chai rocks!

After trying 10 versions of masala chai this is now my favorite. This for me is the real deal! Makes me want to dance!

Love this company!

Peppercorns arrived immediately, smelling And tasting wonderful


I Ave enjoyed using them

Masala Chia Tea

Love this flavorful rich tea! Better than others that I have tried.

Classic Efficiency

Easy to fill. Functional. Beautiful. They are the perfect size to keep on the table and feel great in the hand.

Incredibly Fragrant!

I was originally planning to buy some Tellicherry Peppercorns off of Amazon for my new grinder, but after reading the reviews I saw one where a person actually got out a pair of calipers to measure the size of the corns. They went on to report that only about 10% of the peppercorns supplied actually met the definition of "Tellicherry". I went into the comments hoping someone could suggest a better listing and someone came through suggesting the RTE.

Glad they did, this is exactly what I was looking for!


Peppercorns....Paprika.....Cayenne.....Love them all! You can dance now, Joe

Not a foodie, but I like pepper

I am most decidedly not a foodie. I don't spend lots of time in the kitchen preparing fancy food. I don't live in a area with fancy restaurants, and have never been inclined to spend bank on fancy food. This was the first time that I spent what I considered a lot of money on what was arguably "just seasoning." I have found these peppercorns to be noticeably better than any others that I have put in my pepper mill at home. The flavor is fresh, and the aroma also noticeably stonger. I also love the story behind DIVAKAR'S NO. 004, which is ultimately why I purchased from The Reluctant Trading Experiment. I will be giving small amounts of these excellent peppercorns with pepper mills I am currently making as gifts for my friends. I'm sure they will also notice the difference.

Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety

These peppercorns are without a doubt the best I've ever tasted. Before the first taste, your nose tells you, you are in for a wonderful experience. I have always been a big fan of pepper... I just never knew it could be so delicious.

I will definitely be reordering; and, will try some of your other products.

Thank you for such a quality product and excellent customer service!!! (You can start your Macarena now). :)

Gloria Kane

Great products from great people

I couldn't be any happier with the products and people that makeup the Reluctant Trading Experiment. Can't wait to see what you introduce next. Keep up the great work.

Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns

Both my adult son and use this pepper exclusively. We both love it. pepper at its best

I was expecting good black peppercorns...but had no idea how exceedingly good they turned out to be. Heady, robust, full flavored. You won't go wrong ordering these little black pepper bombs.
Glen Tulsa, OK

The little pepper mill that could

I rarely write reviews, but in looking to refill my order for the wonderful pepper, I saw that I had received an email asking me to review the mill. All I have to say is that it was money well spent. The elegance in the simplicity and the sturdiness of the build is fantastic. I find myself using it regularly and have nothing but compliments for it. The way it feels in your palm let's you know it's a high quality product. I haven't yet tried adjusting the grind but it's nice to have the option. I expect this to continue to be a staple item in my kitchen for years to come.

Tellicherry Peppercorns - amazing!

Fantastic pepper, will be using these from now on. Love the packaging, clean website, fast and personalized service. Thanks for providing such an excellent (and organic) product.

Great products and interestingly presented.

Flavorful products and presented differently, great for gifting, except when you see them you'll want for yourself. The grinders work perfectly.the entire experience with this company has been Top Notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Exceptional Peppercorns

These are the best tellicherry peppercorns I have tasted. No others will enter my peppermills from this day forward!

5 star

Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety

Icelandic salt flakes

I love my new go to salt. Now my peppercorns from India have the perfect mate! The best salt and pepper ever!!

Czech! Czech! Salt or Pepper Mill - Single, 4.5"h
5 star

Czech! Czech! Salt or Pepper Mill - Single, 4.5"h

great salt

I'll definitely be buying salt and pepper from Reluctant Trading again. Great quality, great company, great story!

Order for pepper & salt

Both Products excellent

Best- bar none!

As a restaurant professional, classically trained chef and just all around food geek, there is no better place to get spices this fresh without hopping on a plane and traveling half way around the world. The Icelandic Flake sea salt is that perfect way to finish a dish to make those flavors pop. Try it on some seared Sea Scallops, you'll thank Scott over and over again!

Who knew peppercorns mattered so much?!

I bought Tellicherries (Divakar's No. 004), and the cool chemist bottle to keep some by the stove. I admit, I didn't realize what a difference good pepper made when it comes to cooking, or just brightening up a meal. These Tellicherries are amazing! They're smoky and complex and not at all bitter. The price is right, and the service is prompt, courteous, and delivered with a sense of humor. I had an all around positive experience with this purchase. I will definitely buy again, and I'm telling all my foodie friends and locavores to do the same!

Sometimes a little extra money is VERY well spent!

I'm fairly new to the fresh peppercorn scene, so I've been trying lots of different brands over the past several months. The Divakar's No. 004 is BY FAR the most aromatic I've tried. The smell is intoxicating. I was kinda worried that the flavor wouldn't stand up to the smell, but I was quickly proven wrong to doubt. It is not as "punchy" as others I've tried, but that's a good thing. It still has a strong and quite complex flavor that complements nicely without overtaking the rest of the dish.

Reluctant Trading's prices are a little bit higher than most of the other varieties that I've been trying, but I have found my peppercorn source. I'll definitely be ordering more. Some things it's ok to buy cheaper, but if you enjoy pepper, this is well worth the extra cost.

morning ritual

I love this tea! Every morning, I get up, turn on the kettle and wait until I can have this delightful tea! I honestly, make sure that I never run out of this tea!

5 star

USDA Organic Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004


Upon receiving the Tellicherry Black Whole Peppercorns, Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety from Reluctant Trading, I held a double blind head to head comparison between it and the Spicy World Peppercorn (Whole)-Black Tellicherry sold on Amazon, Turns out the reluctant Trader Variety is so much better it was no contest...... WHAT AN AROMA!!!! The Divakar's No. 004, Restaurant Variety runs half again the cost of the Amazon Spicy World, but the difference in flavor and aroma is WELL worth it!

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