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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. Jasmine Monkey King Green Tea

    Jasmine Monkey King Green Tea

    Our most economical yet far from an ordinary offer. This tea ranks at number five in the hundreds of jasmine teas available. Made in the traditional way by layering lightly oxidised green tea with Jasmine Blossoms. The higher the grade, the more times this is done with freshly picked blossoms. The process is done over night as the blossoms open then to release their characteristic fragrance. Perhaps surprisingly, the higher grades also show fewer blossoms in the finished product. It has a beautiful, distinctive, sweet flavour. Learn More
    From £6.00

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  2. Beauty from Within Flavoured Green Tea

    Beauty from Within Flavoured Green Tea

    The many alleged health benefits of drinking high-quality green teas are well documented. This Sencha tea also offers benefits to maintaining beautiful, healthy skin. This is due to the high levels of chlorophyll peculiar to Sencha green tea and the fact that it is scented with mandarin and rose oil. This delicious tea offers beauty from within and you might even make a fragrant face mask from the brewed leaves! Learn More
    From £6.60

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  3. Jasmine Yin Hao Green Tea

    Jasmine Yin Hao Green Tea

    The best grade of Jasmine tea available, grown in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Fujian. A very delicate leaf that gives an exquisite infusion. Learn More

    Earn 12 loyalty points.

  4. Long Jing Dragon Well Green Tea

    Long Jing Dragon Well Green Tea

    Long Jing, also known as 'Dragon Well' has a full, sweet and aromatic flavour with a cleansing quality that reflects the natural way it is grown. It takes between 70 to 80,000 leaf and bud sets to make just 1kg. From Shi (Lion’s) Feng Peak you can see a beautiful picture of fertile soil, flowing streams, dense trees, green bamboos dancing on the breeze and patches of tea gardens with clouds lingering around them. Learn More

    Earn 15 loyalty points.

  5. Liu An Gua Pian Angel's Tears Green Tea

    Liu An Gua Pian Angel's Tears Green Tea

    As pure and sweet as its name would suggest, and the oldest of the 'Famous Ten' teas. The mist bound Inner mountain, Qi Tou produces the very best grade, with a lucid, bright infusion, high fragrance and long lasting aftertaste. It is usually picked around the 20th April. Its Chinese name, Guapian is due to the leaves resemblance to melon seeds. It is hand-picked and processed and is best made with filtered water in order to appreciate its strong aroma and fresh, green, clear liquor. It can be brewed several times, yielding a pure, sweet flavour like the tears of an angel. Learn More

    Earn 16 loyalty points.

  6. Tamaryokucha Coiled Jewel Green Tea

    Tamaryokucha Coiled Jewel Green Tea

    This Japanese green tea is grown in the rich, volcanic soil of Fog Island. The tea gets its special flavour by being pan-roasted. It is tangy, berry-like, with an almond aftertaste and a deep aroma with tones of citrus, grass and dark berries. Learn More

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  7. Sencha Shimizu Oku-Yutaka Green Tea

    Sencha Shimizu Oku-Yutaka Green Tea

    This is a First Flush, or 'Shincha' Sencha from the slopes of Ryokuchi, Shimizu in the mountains of Shizuoka. The farm is on the island of Honshu. Shincha teas are the cream of the crop. The farmer, Yamamoto Kengo through the use of environmentally friendly techniques produces superb quality tea, which has a rich flavour and a strong fragrance. It is sweet and slightly floral with some creamy notes, a hint of toasted almond, sweet melon, a refreshing menthol tone and a cleansing grapefruit finish. Learn More

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  8. Sencha Kagoshima Yutaka Midori Green Tea

    Sencha Kagoshima Yutaka Midori Green Tea

    This is the highest quality Sencha from Kagoshima Prefecture, made from 'Shincha', or first flush tea which is the most highly prized plucking in Japan. It has sweet, smooth liquor which has a rich, 'umami' quality in the cup with very little astringency with notes of citrus, green muscat, flowers, creaminess, fresh greens, melon, fresh grass fragrance and nettle flower nectar. It is grown in pure, natural land. Learn More

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  9. Fog Island Sencha Green Tea

    Fog Island Sencha Green Tea

    This very high-quality tea is grown in the volcanic soil on the island Kyushu in an area called Kirishima which means island of fog. It has a lustrous green leaf, rich fragrance and sweet, almost umami flavour. It is one of, if not the most distinctive of all Japanese Sencha teas and whilst not cheap I believe it offers the same quality as teas four times its price. Super high in antioxidants. Learn More

    Earn 23 loyalty points.

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