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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. Kenya Kericho Highlands Black Tea

    Kenya Kericho Highlands Black Tea

    The King of African teas which has a medium-strong, slightly flowery flavour and shining orange cup. Learn More
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Gunpowder Special Temple of Heaven Green Tea

    Gunpowder Special Temple of Heaven Green Tea

    Perhaps the most famous of China's green teas due to its evocative appearance! Ours is the finest grade and when infused unfurls into large, tender tea leaves. It is known as Special Temple of Heaven. It gives a healthy and refreshing brew. The infusion is mild with subtle hints of smokiness. Learn More
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  5. Superior English Breakfast Black Tea

    Superior English Breakfast Black Tea

    Chosen by the 'Independent' newspaper as the perfect breakfast tea, it is a hearty but smooth blend of garden Assam tea with lots of golden tips. Blended solely with quality in mind this traditional 'English' tea uses three different leaf styles to deliver a rounded cup with 'Superior' flavour, aroma and appearance. It is the only breakfast tea we offer, believing that no one would want to drink what could only be considered an 'inferior' breakfast tea! This is best appreciated with the addition of full cream milk using one rounded spoon per cup. Learn More
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  6. Assam Keyhung Garden Black Tea

    Assam Keyhung Garden Black Tea

    This is strong, full-bodied tea with excellent maltiness and rich colour – perfect for an early morning pick-me-up. The aftertaste is nuanced with a refreshing citrus sensation due to the high proportion of tips. This tea was previously listed as Zaloni. Learn More
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  7. Almond Flavoured Black Tea

    Almond Flavoured Black Tea

    Evocative of all the good things in life (French macarons, nougat, Bakewell tart..) the addition of almond oil to malty black tea creates a flavour combination similar to chocolate macaroons. Learn More
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  8. Apple Flavoured Black Tea

    Apple Flavoured Black Tea

    The sweet, fresh flavour of apple is perfectly balanced to the mellow, light bodied black tea, which has gentle hints of malt, caramel, flowers and fruit. Learn More
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  9. Apricot Flavoured Black Tea

    Apricot Flavoured Black Tea

    The delightful combination of apricot and ceylon tea is a real winner in the cup. It yields a sweet, fruity, slightly tart flavour that works really well as an afternoon tea. Learn More
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