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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. 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

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  2. Silver Tip Bai Hao Oolong Tea

    Silver Tip Bai Hao Oolong Tea

    Otherwise known as 'Oriental Beauty', this rare tea has a very complex character. It produces a floral, deep infusion with a flavour reminiscent of peach skin, honey and chestnuts. this is grown in Miaoli County, one of just a few places in the world where conditions are right to produce it. Learn More
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  3. Darjeeling White Orchid First Flush Tea

    Darjeeling White Orchid First Flush Tea

    This Grand Cru tea has a green-golden, shimmering infusion which is smooth, fruity with a very fine fragrance. There are notes of geranium, mango, pomegranate, lotus, cherry blossom and pistachio. This premium harvest is considered to be one of the best of the season. Learn More
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  4. Mulberry Leaf Japanese Herbal Tea

    Mulberry Leaf Japanese Herbal Tea

    This fresh, zesty, lemon tasting mint has a soothing, digestive and calming effect. Its active ingredients include eugenol, believed to kill bacteria and has been shown to calm muscles and numb tissues. It also contains tannins that contribute to its antiviral effects, as well as terpenes that add to its soothing effect. It is also used as an anxiolytic, mild sedative or calming agent. At least one study has found it to be effective at reducing stress, although the study's authors call for further research. The leaves have a gentle lemon scent, related to mint. Its flavour comes from citronella, geranial, linalyl acetate and caryophyllene. Learn More
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  5. Japan Benifuuki Wakoucha Black Tea

    Japan Benifuuki Wakoucha Black Tea

    Only young Benifuuki leaves are first harvested by hand and then stored and oxidised for 3 months in the dark at low temperatures. This laborious process results in a tea that is extremely high in methylated catechin content, which is claimed to help combat hay fever and seasonal allergies. The flavour is smooth, full of honey and floral notes with some cool, mentholated, mineral tones normally found in Japanese green teas. Other flavours noted are apple, quince, raisin, cereals, muscatel and vanilla. Learn More
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  6. Blue Jasmine Flowering Green Tea

    Blue Jasmine Flowering Green Tea

    This flowering tea is composed of blue butterfly flowers, which slowly turn the infusion a green-blue as the green tea leaves unfurl to reveal jasmine and butterfly blossoms amidst the green tea bouquet. They were created originally as a tribute to the great mountains where the tea gardens are found and are made with great skill and care by hand. The real dried flowers reveal themselves dramatically and gracefully when infused. They are also known as 'Blooming', 'Artistic' and 'Display' teas. Ours are made using the highest grade of silvery buds. Learn More
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  7. Vietnam Fairy Black Tea

    Vietnam Fairy Black Tea

    The Black Fairy tea is from the north of Vietnam and comes from very old tea trees. This location and the special processing makes for an exceptional tea with a special chocolate taste with hints of forest fruits and sweet, honey like notes. It is exceptionally smooth. Learn More
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  8. Bailu White Heron Black Tea

    Bailu White Heron Black Tea

    An incredibly fragrant tea with smooth, lilac, cocoa, cherry and honey notes. Learn More
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