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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. Ceylon Mountain Stream Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Ceylon Mountain Stream Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    Grown on the eastern slopes of the Central Mountains, this black tea yields a bold and crisp infusion of deep amber that lingers on the palate with delicate notes of astringency. A refreshing cup for the morning or afternoon. The aromatic notes include fresh, sappy wood, plum fruits, molasses through to spice, pepper and mint. Previously listed as Dotel Oya. 1307 Learn More
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  2. Jasmine Monkey King Green Tea

    Jasmine Monkey King Green Tea

    Our most economical yet far from an ordinary offer. This tea ranks at number five in the hundreds of jasmine teas available. Made in the traditional way by layering lightly oxidised green tea with Jasmine Blossoms. The higher the grade, the more times this is done with freshly picked blossoms. The process is done over night as the blossoms open then to release their characteristic fragrance. Perhaps surprisingly, the higher grades also show fewer blossoms in the finished product. It has a beautiful, distinctive, sweet flavour. Learn More
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  3. China Rose Flavoured Black Tea

    China Rose Flavoured Black Tea

    This traditional blend of mellow black tea and rose petals, made in China, has been popular for centuries. Layers of freshly plucked petals are sandwiched between layers of tea to impart their exotic perfume. Learn More
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  4. Keemun Lion Mountain Black Tea

    Keemun Lion Mountain Black Tea

    This Keemun from the Lion Mountain in Anhui province to the west of Shanghai is the next highest grade after the Hao Ya teas. Its flavour is malty with a subtle hint of fruit and its famed aroma is compared to orchid, rose and chocolate, which is also evident in the infusion. A very reasonably priced tea for its high quality. Learn More
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  5. Russian Caravan Blend Black Tea

    Russian Caravan Blend Black Tea

    A classic blend that has doubtless changed over the centuries but this version is still incredibly popular. It is a blend of two distinctive types of tea from China that combine to produce a smooth, light and refreshing cup. Hints of chocolate, orchid, rose and a warm, woody character means it is equally at home with or without milk and makes a delightful afternoon tea. Learn More
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  6. Smoky Caravan Black Tea

    Smoky Caravan Black Tea

    A blend not dissimilar to our Russian Caravan but with the addition of some Tarry Lapsang Souchong. In truth, this recipe is closer to the original 'Russian Caravan' flavour which has changed over the years to suit the British palate. One can, however, imagine this tea brewing on top of a steaming Samovar and listening to Alexander Pushkin reciting his poems. The malty, chocolate notes of the two non-smoked components of the blend are complemented by the sweet, smoked pine fragrance. Learn More
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  7. Ginger Flavoured Black Tea

    Ginger Flavoured Black Tea

    Ginger is one of the flavours that marries perfectly with the qualities of tea. It is at once, sweet, spicy, earthy, refreshing and soothing. Learn More
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  8. Red Raspberry Leaf Herbal Tea

    Red Raspberry Leaf Herbal Tea

    A caffeine free, refreshing infusion to enjoy anytime. A herb reputed to help women during the last two weeks of pregnancy. Its flavour is reminiscent of meadow grasses and black tea. Learn More
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  9. 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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