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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. Oriental Beauty Competition Winner Oolong Tea

    Oriental Beauty Competition Winner Oolong Tea

    This is without a doubt the best tea in the world. It has an incomparable flavour and fragrance born of the unique area in which it is grown and made. It is hard to do the tea justice with a description but you can detect apricot, muscat grape, geranium, elder, wildflower honey, sandalwood, rose, caramel, gardenia and lilac to name but a few. We buy several 600g entrants to the annual competition, selecting from the 'First Rank', the highest quality 2%. Those who get to try this beautiful tea will be amongst a very privileged few. Learn More

    Earn 90 loyalty points.

  2. Da Yu Ling 1.7 Mile High Oolong Tea

    Da Yu Ling 1.7 Mile High Oolong Tea

    Considered the best 'Jade' or green oolong made in the world. Its aromatic notes of peach and apple are noticed both in the mouth and nose whilst the high content of healthy amino acids ensure a natural nectar-like sweetness. Our customers have noticed flavours such as floral, macadamia butteriness, honey, caramel and peaches. As with all the best Oolong teas, it can be hours later that these marvellous qualities are still being revealed on the palate. This batch is from the very highest point in the garden from the premium crop, in Spring. Learn More

    Earn 60 loyalty points.

  3. Gyokuro Takeru Treasure Green Tea

    Gyokuro Takeru Treasure Green Tea

    This tea, Takeru from a garden of Kirishima, is one of Japan's very best Gyokuro teas. The tea bushes from which Gyokuro is made are shaded for a month before picking. This has the effect of increasing the Chlorophyll levels in the tea and gives Gyokuro its distinctive character. It is an organically produced tea, which is very rare in Japan. It has fine, feathery leaves of an emerald green hue. It has a rich, sweet, velvety infusion and beautiful, lemon green colour. The tea is so full of essential tea oils that the infusion is cloudy, as the oils emulsify in the water. Learn More

    Earn 36 loyalty points.

  4. Anji Bai Cha King April Snow Green Tea

    Anji Bai Cha King April Snow Green Tea

    Grown in a remote mountain area near the Bamboo forest featured in the film 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', this is currently the most sought after tea in China, where most of it is kept because it is considered to be unique. It is grown from cuttings of one of the only four surviving giant white tea trees. Whilst it is a 'White' tea it is processed as a green tea. This gives it a deeper flavour than Yin Zhen for example. The leaf looks slim and feather like with an almost white colour just prior to picking in the spring. This is expressed as the distinctive pale yellow-green in the dry leaf, not the more usual green seen in most green teas and in lower grades of Anji. It has a wonderful fragrance and pale lemon, crystal clear liquor. We buy the finest grade, which has more amino acids than other green teas and the best flavour we have experienced in any green or white tea. Learn More

    Earn 30 loyalty points.

  5. Bi Luo Chun Spiral of Spring Jade Green Tea

    Bi Luo Chun Spiral of Spring Jade Green Tea

    A new, deliciously sweet-flavoured green tea made by hand in beautiful Sansia, Taiwan. A real rarity but more highly valued for its qualities in the cup. It is full of tea pleasure, the infusion is honey green colour, its taste is fresh, sweet, creamy, natural with hints of ripe mango. For those looking for a high-quality green tea with lots of goodness, it is time to try our newest arrival. Learn More
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    Earn 30 loyalty points.

  6. Ancestor Mountain Gabalong Green Tea

    Ancestor Mountain Gabalong Green Tea

    Our Gabalong is made with high-quality green tea to guarantee maximum GABA content, twice the requirement to be classified as such a tea. This batch has a mild, almost creamy character with a distinctive, natural mango fragrance. Made from tea leaves picked and processed into green tea on Ali Shan, or 'Ancestor Mountain' as it is known. Proven to lower blood pressure it should not be drunk by those with a clinical diagnosis of low blood pressure. Learn More

    Earn 29 loyalty points.

  7. Ancestor Mt. Honey Oolong Gabalong Tea

    Ancestor Mt. Honey Oolong Gabalong Tea

    This high grown, hand picked tea is grown on the Ali Mountain in central Taiwan. The special processing that increases the health giving Gamma Amino Butyric Acid content also changes the flavour of this tea too. It is very soft and mellow with a honey like quality that, health benefits aside, make it worthwhile drinking. To qualify as being a 'gabaron' tea and to give the required recommended dosage it must have 150mg per 100g of GABA, this contains over twice that amount. Learn More

    Earn 28 loyalty points.

  8. Geisha Sencha Green Tea with Mandarin and Rose

    Geisha Sencha Green Tea with Mandarin and Rose

    A blend of finest Fog Island Sencha and rose petals, scented with mandarin and rose oils, a blend believed to maintain beautiful skin from within. This is due to the high levels of chlorophyll and the fact that it is scented with mandarin and rose oil. The tea itself has a rich fragrance and sweet flavour, complemented by the sweet, zesty character of mandarin and the complex fragrance of rose oil. Learn More

    Earn 24 loyalty points.

  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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