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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. Yerba Maté Roasted Herbal Tea

    Yerba Maté Roasted Herbal Tea

    A stimulating drink that is believed to be very healthy. Ours is the finest, slowly matured type. This roasted version has a delicious nutty character with smooth caramel notes like a black tea. Although classed as a herbal tea it contains caffeine. People who like their caffeine but find that coffee can give them the jitters are often able to tolerate the effects in maté better, perhaps due to the presence of theobromine and theophylline, which mean the body processes the caffeine in a different way. Learn More
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  2. Mango Lapacho Herbal Tea

    Mango Lapacho Herbal Tea

    From the inner bark of a purple flowering South American tree, known for it's immune boosting properties. This is given the lovely flavour of mango. Learn More
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  3. Honeybush Herbal Tea

    Honeybush Herbal Tea

    The honeybush plant grows wild in South Africa and is laden with honey-scented, yellow flowers. It is rich in antioxidants. Learn More
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  4. Yerba Maté Green Herbal Tea

    Yerba Maté Green Herbal Tea

    This evergreen shrub found in South America is famed for its invigorating effect. Yerba Maté's Latin name is Ilex paraguariensis and is a species of the holly (family Aquifoliaceae). It is drunk there usually from a hollowed out gourd and special silver straw. As with green tea, it is a great source of antioxidants and helpful in times of fasting. The green variety has a vegetal, herbal, astringent flavour with a slight smoky edge. Learn More
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  5. Redbush Citrus - Rooibos Tea

    Redbush Citrus - Rooibos Tea

    This South African tisane has been flavoured with a medley of lemon and bergamot oils, fruit pieces and flowers. Particularly suited to children, being free of caffeine and rich in healthy antioxidants. Like tea, it can be taken with milk and honey or fruit sugar. Learn More
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  6. Redbush Vanilla - Rooibos Tea

    Redbush Vanilla - Rooibos Tea

    This South African tisane is a great substitute for real tea with its rich red colour and flavour, the addition of vanilla creates a smooth, creamy drink. 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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  7. Assam Immortal Leaf Black Tea

    Assam Immortal Leaf Black Tea

    The Halmari 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 beer, spice and treacle with a hoppy, orange rind finish. This tea is picked at the peak of the summer season and carries the fine flavour the garden is noted for but at a reasonable price due to the slightly lower content of tips in the finished batch. Learn More
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  8. Assam River Fortress Black Tea

    Assam River Fortress Black Tea

    When looking for great Assam tea we expect to find teas with great body and aroma. This is no exception, it yields a complex infusion supported by a malty, rich body, with hints of caramel, cinnamon, raisin, apricot, nougat, candied orange peel and molasses. Previously listed as Mokalbari. Learn More
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  9. Earl Grey Green Gunpowder

    Earl Grey Gunpowder Green Tea

    The fresh green tea flavour is balanced by the fragrant, zest of pure bergamot oil. Learn More
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