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TEA

Tea, high quality tea, green tea, black tea | Imperial Teas

Our range of tea is chosen from thousands of samples sent to us each year from the producing countries around the world. No speciality worthy of the name passes us by and often we are the exclusive stockists in this country, if not Europe, of the world's finest and most rare varieties. We now have a special relationship with growers and their agents in the country of origin and this gives us access to teas picked on as little as one morning of the year in the greatest tea gardens of the world and even teas that are grown only for us by special order. This also enables us to keep a good supply as demand for unusual teas has grown over the past ten years and there is fiercer competition for the limited stock. These rare teas are part of our range of over four hundred types. In offering so many, teas that standing on their own would seem like one of the most precious things in the world can slip by unnoticed. We urge you to be as experimental as possible and to take time to discover and enjoy the little gems gracing our shelves.

Tea cultivation is as complex, if not more so than wine producing, so it should not be a surprise to see so many varieties on offer. Great variation in quality and flavour exist, even from the same bush in the same garden! These variations are a result of many things such as climatic conditions, soil type, time of year, how the leaves are picked and as importantly, how they are processed. It is a perfect balance of nature and nurture. Despite this almost boundless choice, most of the tea drunk in this country is blended to remove these unique characteristics and provide a homogenised product where choice is limited to which shape of teabag you prefer! Although as a nation we are one of the largest tea consumers it is widely acknowledged that nearly all of the tea imported into Britain is of the poorest quality imaginable. For the past 22 years we are pleased, with your support and enthusiasm, to have played a small part in changing this.

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  1. Chitsu Pingcha Pu Erh 360g

    Chitsu Pingcha Pu Erh 360g

    A discus shaped cake of fermented Pu Erh leaves with a distinctive earthy taste and dark red infusion. This variety is aged for five years.

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    £65.00each

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    Tie Guan Yin Oolong 'Crystal' Tea Bags

    Tie Guan Yin Oolong 'Crystal' 40 Tea Bags £3.90

    These special tea bags are filled with the same fine quality tea we sell loose. This good grade Oolong is grown on the highest peak in Anxi. It is an area free of pollution with an extraordinarily mineral rich soil. To ensure the juiciest leaves the tea is picked in the afternoon, this is evident when the tea is infused. The original shape of the silky textured, delicate and glossy leaves emerges from the skilfully, tightly rolled pellets. Learn More

    Regular Price: £7.80

    Special Price £3.90

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  3. Christmas Tea Blend

    Christmas Tea Blend

    A fragrance which captures the run up to Christmas, a heart warming flavour and a visual feast of flowers and festive berries make this our best selling seasonal treat. It is sold in its distinctive 200g packet or any amount of different decorative tins. Learn More
    £10.00each

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  4. Georgian Type

    Georgian Type

    This tea is blended from fine Chinese types to resemble the original Georgian tea which is no longer grown. It is a mild with a soft and light coloured cup, a tender taste with hints of spiciness and smoke. This tea is very popular in Russia where it is drunk with lots of sugar and a jam called Warenje. Learn More
    £2.80 per 100g

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  5. Assam Dimakusi Super Strong

    Assam Dimakusi Super Strong

    Our strongest tea is this 'cut, tear and curl' machine-processed Assam which is for our customers who like really dark, heavy tea. It has a doughy note to its aroma with a heavy and spicy taste. It brews very quickly and to a gloriously deep red colour. Established on 15th February 1900 under the Williamson Magor Co. Ltd., this estate owns a vast garden.

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    £3.40 per 100g

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  6. Lapacho

    Lapacho

    Made from the inner bark of a purple flowering tree growing in the Andes, South America. Rich in minerals iron, calcium and magnesium. Learn More
    £3.50 per 100g

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  7. Nilgiri Parkside

    Nilgiri Parkside

    This garden in Nilgiri creates a tea with a classic, high quality Ceylon character. The dark 'Orange Pekoe' leaves yield a medium bodied tea with a mellow, fragrant cup. Learn More
    £3.50 per 100g

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  8. Assam Zaloni

    Assam Zaloni

    A very well tipped leaf for the price, with a brisk, full bodied infusion and some fine flowery notes.

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    £3.60 per 100g

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  9. Kenya Marinyn

    Kenya Marinyn

    Very few Kenyan gardens produce ‘orthodox’ leaf teas and even fewer of quality. This is a broken but large leaf tea with a good coppery coloured, brisk, lively cup and refreshing bite. It has a full bodied liquor with a fresh, sweetish flavour. Learn More
    £3.80 per 100g

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