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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. Earl Grey Goji Berry Black Tea

    Earl Grey Goji Berry Black Tea

    Goji berry, allegedly a new 'superfood' has a flavour not dissimilar to black tea so it is ripe for use in a tea blend. The dried berries themselves have a hard to pin down flavour, notes of blueberry, cranberry, cherry and chocolate plus some almost herbal nuances spring to mind. This flavour proves to be a perfect foil for our natural oil of bergamot. Learn More
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  2. Ceylon Ella Rock Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ella Rock Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Our most popular Sri Lankan tea manages to capture all of the qualities of the Uva district tea growing area. It has the richness and colour of the mid-elevation teas, which carry notes of black treacle, currants and plum, and the fine high notes that evoke grapefruit zest, minty menthol tones and a green wood edge. Previously listed as Pettiagalla. Learn More
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  3. Ceylon Ruhuna Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Ruhuna Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A very distinctive, large leaf that gives a satisfying, good coloured infusion, brightly flavoured with nuances of spice and fruit. Full-flavoured black tea is a distinctively unique Ruhuna speciality. Learn More
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  4. Ceylon Adam's Peak Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Adam's Peak Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    With malty, citrus undertones and a sweet, floral, jasmine, cypress aroma, this tea typifies the famous character of Dimbula district teas. At the peak point of the year in February and March, the leaves are full of concentrated volatile oils, which allow tea makers to produce a distinctive, regional flavour profile. It has a fruity aftertaste with hints of blackcurrant leaf, which adds to the refreshing quality of its infusion. Previously listed as Ceylon Montecristo Learn More
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  5. Ceylon Moon Plains Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Moon Plains Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    This tea carries a complex array of aromatics and flavours. Darker notes of dried fruit, plum, molasses, malt are balanced with a touch of sharp citrus and menthol notes such as mint and eucalyptus. Nuwara Eliya produces tea with a unique flavour. The air is scented with the fragrance of the cypress trees that grow in abundance and mentholated with the wild mint and eucalyptus. Previously listed as Battalgalla. Learn More
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  6. Ceylon Lovers Leap Broken Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Lovers Leap Broken Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The tea has a delicate, slightly reddish semi-broken leaf which brews a highly aromatic, robust infusion perfect with milk. It has refreshing astringency, reminiscent of lemon peel that is balanced by the nuanced darker notes of real ale malt and raisins. A top tea from this picturesque area in the Nuwara Eliya district. Learn More
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  7. Ceylon Fern Valley Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Fern Valley Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    A mild, large leaf tea with a fruity quality, reminiscent of peach, rose and citrus. Subtle notes of malt and dried fruit afford a smooth aftertaste with an exquisite tanginess. Wedged between the Nuwara Eliya and Badulla districts on the eastern slopes of the hill country, Uda Pussellawa is a small town almost entirely dedicated to tea cultivation. Learn More
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  8. Ceylon Nine Peaks Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Nine Peaks Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    The typical Uva district flavour is in evidence, with dark fruit, molasses and fragrant woody notes providing a deep character, in balance with citrus fruit peel and mentholated tones. Previously listed as Meddecombra. Learn More
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  9. Redbush Natural - Rooibos Tea

    Redbush Natural - Rooibos Tea

    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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