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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. Sencha Kombucha with Plum Green Tea

    Sencha Kombucha with Plum Green Tea

    Despite its remarkable properties, Kombucha cultivation proved too much trouble for most of us. Luckily it can now be bought in powdered form to which we have added the benefits of green tea and some subtle fruit oils to create a delicious, simple health drink. This fine quality tea is produced in Japan. The very fruity scent of plum and mirabelle is a pleasure, especially in spring and summer time. Learn More
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  2. Assam Halmari Honey Garden Black Tea

    Assam Halmari Honey Garden Black Tea

    This garden produces many of the best tasting teas in Assam and this exquisite batch is no exception. It has a creamy, delicious malty flavour with hints of dark chocolate, caramel, rose, dates and a sweet honey-like finish. Like the finest 2nd Flush teas from Darjeeling, there are notes of muscatel, citrus and cinnamon. It has a lighter, golden colour not found in many Assam teas and is, unusually for an Assam, very drinkable without milk. This tea was previously listed as Marangi. Learn More
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  3. Love from Lincoln Black Tea

    Love from Lincoln Black Tea

    Only the best will do when sending your love from the beautiful city of Lincoln. Perfect as a gift or drink to celebrate a great memory you have of Lincoln. Even if you've never been the flavour is worth savouring anyway! We have selected five of the best black teas in the world, all from Taiwan, to make this stunning blend, on a base tea of finest Assam from India. The liquor will offer a rich, sappy liquor that is sugarcane sweet, malty, has hints of caramel, honey, ripe nectarine, cinnamon, nutmeg, frankincense, raisin, red grape, muscatel, bergamot, rose, mint and dark chocolate. The fragrance is equally complex, flittering through the four seasons from evergreen, wild, mountain meadow flowers and ripe summer fruits. Lincoln was a Roman city and continued its importance through the Norman era when construction of our beautiful cathedral began. Lincoln continues to grow as a modern city built around its historic buildings and heritage. Learn More
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  4. Moringa Magic Tree Herbal Tea

    Moringa Magic Tree Herbal Tea

    The legendary Moringa tree originated in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. It has long been used in Indian medicine and is known as the 'magic tree'. These “magic leaves” taste fresh and mildly spicy with a pleasant sweet note, not dissimilar to Japanese green tea, Gyokuro. Moringa is full of nutrients, including 10% protein content, vitamins B6, C, B2, A, magnesium and iron. It also contains quercetin and chlorogenic acid. A delicious caffeine free alternative that refreshes but won't keep you awake at night. Learn More
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  5. Immunitea Herbal Tea

    Immunitea Herbal Tea

    We’ve loaded this blend with every herb that is associated with boosting the immune system. The ingredients have a pleasant flavour, with the sweet, spicy notes of moringa, the green tea-like taste of mulberry, effervescent lemon myrtle and lemon verbena combining deliciously. These flavours are complemented with ginger and cinnamon and finished with a dash of natural lemon oil. Learn More
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  6. Assam Shelter of the Swans Black Tea

    Assam Shelter of the Swans Black Tea

    Grown in one of the top gardens in Assam which produces teas of outstanding quality. The area is known as the ‘Shelter of the Swans’. It has an almost spicy aroma with a powerful, full-bodied liquor and a delicious taste with notes of malt, cedar, oak wood, a touch of molasses, sweet dates, vanilla, spiced cocoa with a brisk note of citrus to keep the infusion lively. Learn More
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  7. Vitalitea Energising Herbal Tea

    Vitalitea Energising Herbal Tea

    We have blended a number of herbs and spices associated with useful nutritional value and invigorating flavours and fragrances. The three M’s of moringa, myrtle and mulberry form the heart of the blend with turmeric and so-called ‘super’ food, baobab adding their own special qualities. The ingredients combine to make a great flavour, which we enhance with a touch of refreshing, sweet, natural pineapple flavour. Learn More
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  8. Earl Grey Tea of Life White Tea

    Earl Grey Tea of Life White Tea

    The most traditional blend of light, clean tasting white tea and the best bergamot. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! Learn More
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  9. Citrus Tea of Life White Tea

    Citrus Tea of Life White Tea

    This effervescent blend dances on the palate. Ideal for sunny breakfast times. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! The real lemon and bergamot oils add a zesty, thirst quenching quality to the mild, sweetness of the tea with orange peel, mallow, lemon grass and cornflower adding a visual appeal. Learn More
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