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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. Rwanda Gisovu Silverback Black Tea

    Rwanda Gisovu Silverback Black Tea

    Gisovu tea is rich, bold and full of flavour, thanks to the high altitude of the growing slopes and the fertile soil the bushes grow in. Renowned for its fresh, crisp, almost tart finish this tea offers a very refreshing brew. It has a green apple aroma with flavour notes of caramel, currants, rose and hints of pepper. Learn More
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  2. Sea of Desire Flavoured Black Tea

    Sea of Desire Flavoured Black Tea

    This passionate blend of wild cherry, mango, strawberry and scented flowers have the desired effect upon the palate! The complex fragrance and flavours appeal to the senses and leave a lingering, sweet aftertaste. Learn More
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  3. Strawberry Flavoured Black Tea

    Strawberry Flavoured Black Tea

    The fragrance of English summer strawberries and sweet flavour all bound up in a cup. I can just see an afternoon tea laid out in front of me! I have fond memories of this tea as it was my first introduction to the wonderful world of tea beyond tea bags! Learn More
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  4. 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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  5. Vanilla Flavoured Black Tea

    Vanilla Flavoured Black Tea

    The rich, creamy fragrance and flavour of Bourbon vanilla is exquisite with tea. It also suggests a real creaminess in the cup, which is why many people drink it who cannot drink milk. Vanilla pods contain the seeds from the vanilla orchid plant. Real vanilla is expensive as each plant must be pollinated individually by hand. Learn More
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  6. Violet Flavoured Black Tea

    Violet Flavoured Black Tea

    The sweetly perfumed, floral infusion will evoke the memory of childhood sweets, Parma Violets! The intensely aromatic oil of violet blossoms have long been used as a flavouring and in perfume with Shakespeare describing the scent as ‘Forward, not permanent; sweet, not lasting. The perfume and suppliance of a minute.' The sweet tasting infusion certainly lingers long enough on the palate to be savoured. Learn More
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  7. Wild Cherry Flavoured Black Tea

    Wild Cherry Flavoured Black Tea

    The sweet smell of the wild cherry evokes the famous display of spring blossom in Japan. It is a fragrance that captures the floral notes of the blossom and the ripe, sweet yet slightly tart note of the fruit. Learn More
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  8. Winter Dream Flavoured Black Tea

    Winter Dream Flavoured Black Tea

    Perfect for cosy winter evenings. Subtle notes of cinnamon, rose and orange peels. Learn More
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  9. Earl Grey Blue Flower Tea

    Earl Grey Blue Flower Tea

    A smooth, gentle blend of black teas from Ceylon with our finest natural oil of bergamot. To this, we add a bouquet of blue and purple flowers, including the very expensive cornflower, purely for the visual delight. Learn More
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