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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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  2. 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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  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. Ceylon Lovers Leap

    Ceylon Lovers Leap

    This tea has a delicate, slightly reddish semi-broken leaf, golden in colour with a soft, highly aromatic cup typical of these altitudes. A top tea from this picturesque garden in the Nuwara Eliya district. The garden received its romantic name after a lady who jumped to her death from the cliffs together with her lover who was not befitting her rank.

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    £3.90 per 100g

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  5. 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
    £4.00 per 100g

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  6. Redbush Natural

    Redbush Natural

    This South African tisane is a great substitute for real tea with its rich red colour and flavour. It is particularly suited to children, being free of caffeine and rich in healthy antioxidants. Can be taken with milk and honey or fruit sugar. Learn More
    £4.00 per 100g

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  7. Superior Breakfast Tea

    Superior Breakfast Tea

    Chosen by the 'Independent' newspaper as the perfect breakfast tea, it is a hearty but smooth blend of garden Assam tea with lots of golden tips. Blended solely with quality in mind this traditional 'English' tea uses three different leaf styles to deliver a rounded cup with 'Superior' flavour, aroma and appearance. It is the only breakfast tea we offer, believing that no one would want to drink what could only be considered an 'inferior' breakfast tea! This is best appreciated with the addition of full cream milk using one rounded spoon per cup.

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    £4.40 per 100g

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  8. Ceylon Meddecombra

    Ceylon Meddecombra

    This plantation produces a tea with a darker coloured infusion than most Uva District types with a full body. It also exhibits the usual spicy, fruit aroma.

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    £4.40 per 100g

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  9. 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
    £4.50 per 100g

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