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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 25 years we are pleased, with your support and enthusiasm, to have played a small part in changing this.

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  1. Matcha Uji Cha 40g

    Matcha Uji Cha 40g

    Matcha tea is a super fine green tea powder famous for its use in Japanese and Buddhist tea ceremonies. It is created from the famous 'Gyokuro' shaded green teas of Japan. Matcha, historically connected with the Art of Tea through the Japanese tea ceremony can also be used in more versatile ways. Matcha powder is made on a special, granite mill stone set. It takes an hour to grind just 40g of tea. Learn More
    £17.00each

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  2. Tie Guan Yin Oolong 400 Crystal Tea bag Offer

    Tie Guan Yin Oolong 400 Crystal Tea bag Offer

    Approximately 400 bags for just £20, compared to prices elsewhere at £90 for the equivalent. This fine 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. These leaves are fringed and spotted with an iron red colour. It is this that gives it the deliciously butterscotch fragrance and sweet, fruity flavour that typify the best Tie Guan Yin teas. Oolong or 'Wu Long' translates as Black Dragon and refers to a method of production that produces a tea somewhere between oxidised black tea and non-oxidised green tea. Dependent on how oxidised they are, we are given an incredible variety of spectacular flavours and fragrances to experience. Learn More
    £20.00each

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  3. Keemun Crystal 400 Tea Bags Offer

    Keemun Crystal 400 Tea Bags Offer

    Approximately 400 bags for just £20, compared to prices elsewhere at £90 for the equivalent. These special tea bags are filled with the same fine quality tea we sell loose. Chinese black teas are very versatile for the fact that, depending on one's taste, they can be made strongly and drunk with milk, or taken black when a bright, gentle brew may be appreciated in the early evening. This Keemun from the Lion Mountain in Anhui province to the west of Shanghai is the next highest grade after the Hao Ya teas. Its flavour is malty with a subtle hint of fruit and its famed aroma is compared to orchid, rose and chocolate, which is also evident in the infusion. Learn More
    £20.00each

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  4. 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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    £40.00each

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  5. Hint of Bergamot 400 Crystal Tea Bag Offer

    Hint of Bergamot 400 Crystal Tea Bag Offer

    Approximately 400 bags for just £20, compared to prices elsewhere at £90 for the equivalent. These special tea bags are filled with the same fine quality tea we sell loose. This is a truly luxurious variation of the classic blend using Keemun Lion Mountain as the base. We made this blend due to many requests for an Earl Grey that didn't have an overwhelming scent of bergamot. Unlike other Earl Grey, the bergamot is noticed in the cup rather than in the fragrance. It is delightful with or without milk. Learn More
    £20.00each

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  6. White Tea of Life Crystal 400 Tea Bag Offer

    White Tea of Life Crystal 400 Tea Bag Offer

    Approximately 400 bags for just £20, compared to prices elsewhere at £90 for the equivalent. These special tea bags are filled with the same fine quality tea we sell loose. It comes from the heart of the very small white tea harvest. It first came to our attention fifteen years ago after research published in Germany claimed it to have an energising, revitalising effect peculiar just to this type. Our research in the field since then would seem to back this up! White tea is of course now widely renowned for its very high levels of antioxidants. In addition to this I think the unique processing of this particular type, which is lightly steamed then merely sun dried, also lends it an extra special quality. It also lends it a rather wild looking appearance, varied tones of green and brown leaf laced with shimmery white tips. A great deal of the main crop now goes to the cosmetic industry. For beauty from within and to fight off pollutants simply drink it! Learn More
    £20.00each

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  7. Sencha Green 400 Crystal Tea Bag Offer

    Sencha Green 400 Crystal Tea Bag Offer

    Approximately 400 bags for just £20, compared to prices elsewhere at £90 for the equivalent. These special tea bags are filled with the same fine quality tea we sell loose. This is our entry level Sencha from the second flush of teas. It is a fine green colour with a fresh, grassy fragrance and sweetish flavour. This fine quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in China. Learn More
    £20.00each

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  8. 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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    From £3.40

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  9. 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
    From £3.50

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