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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. Monkey on a Celestial Peach Flavoured Black Tea

    Monkey on a Celestial Peach Flavoured Black Tea

    I made this blend for a friend who is always seeking a new scented tea experience. I have chosen a black Chinese tea, called Fuchow Monkey King, which has natural flavours of chocolate, rose and malt and scented it with a sweet, refreshing peach oil. The mix together is sumptuous, which when sweetened can make a low-calorie alternative to a pudding! Learn More
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  2. Earl Grey Black Tiger Tea

    Earl Grey Black Tiger Tea

    This is a truly luxurious variation of the classic blend using Keemun Gold Buds as the base. This is a very rare black tea from China, the total crop is only 400kgs, that has a delicious malty character and very smooth body. We add the very best natural oil of bergamot and beautiful red safflower petals to complement the quality of the tea. It is delightful with or without milk. Learn More
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  3. Assam Nahorabi Gold Black Tea

    Assam Nahorabi Gold Black Tea

    Malty, unctuous character, luscious body, notes of cocoa, cinnamon, currants, black treacle, laurel, fresh peppercorn, stewed fruits and real ale mark this out as one of Assam's 'Supreme' teas. Learn More
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  4. Darjeeling Himalayan Pride Second Flush Black Tea

    Darjeeling Himalayan Pride Second Flush Black Tea

    A delicious early second flush tea with a freshness normally found in first flush Darjeeling and a 'Muscatel' perfume and flavour. The complex flavour runs the range from honey to soft fruits to rose, camellia and green apples. It is smooth and light bodied with a pale orange infusion. Learn More
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  5. Le Composition du Ciel Flavoured Black Tea

    Le Composition du Ciel Flavoured Black Tea

    Keemun Spring Gold black tea, with its malty, cocoa notes is taken to another level with the inclusion of mango oil which brings out the best in this delicious Chinese tea. Learn More
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  6. Sencha Red Ginseng with Lemon Green Tea

    Sencha Red Ginseng with Lemon Green Tea

    Potent ginseng root is blended with rich, sweet Sencha tea then flavoured with lemon oil. These two superfood ingredients make a happy pairing. Learn More
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  7. Darjeeling Leopard's Valley Second Flush Black Tea

    Darjeeling Leopard's Valley Second Flush Black Tea

    This rich liquoring infusion yields the classic 'muscatel' character with hints of almond or walnut and green apples depending on infusion time. The aroma has hints of peach and floral notes and caramelised sugar. All this and with a delightful honey finish. This blends the finest teas from Mim and Margaret's Hope gardens. Learn More
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  8. Assam Tonganagoan Golden Axe Black Tea

    Assam Tonganagoan Golden Axe Black Tea

    The Tonganagoan estate is a small tea garden located near the Namdapha National Park, one of the most bio-diverse areas of India. It is one of the very few organic gardens in Assam who are able to produce high-quality tea due to it planting the famous clonal variety P126 tea bush. This tea type is used in all of Assam’s top gardens. The many golden tipped leaves lend this tea a very smooth character that along with the malty, jammy fruit notes has a strong sweet-chocolate aroma with hints of spice. Previously listed as Attabarie. Learn More
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  9. Lemon Verbena Beebrush Herbal Tea

    Lemon Verbena Beebrush Herbal Tea

    This lemon verbena is grown in Spain and although a member of the verbena, or vervain, family it is this particular variety, Aloysia Triphylla that contains the most essential oil. It contains many fragrant compounds as well as limonene, including geranium and neroli, which all contribute to its pleasant lemon fresh taste. The fresh lemon flavour can have calming and digestive qualities. Learn More
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