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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

    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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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
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  7. Ceylon Meddecombra Orange Pekoe

    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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  8. Ceylon Pusselawa Orange Pekoe

    Ceylon Pusselawa

    The strikingly beautiful, black pine needle shaped leaf yields an infusion with a mild, sweetish, fruity flavour and light body. It is a dark red in colour with a fruity, spicy aroma. An outstanding garden producing a delicious and unique tasting tea which even neighbouring gardens cannot imitate. Grown to 5,000 feet up on the eastern slopes of Sri Lanka's central mountains, teas from the Nuwara Eliya district have quite a distinctive flavour.

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  9. 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
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