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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. Colombia Bitaco Black Ruby Black Tea

    Colombia Bitaco Black Ruby Black Tea

    This high quality tea, known as Black Ruby, grows on La Cumbre, Valle del Cauca, situated in tropical western Colombia. This variety is a small tightly twisted leaf, which offers notes of cocoa, honey, sweet raisins and plum. The garden is reached by narrow, winding, dirt roads that lead to a subtropical cloud forest. The farm is entirely organic and each lot is bordered by wild forest, and great bio-diversity. Learn More

    Earn 20 loyalty points.

  2. Dragon Scales Vietnam Green Tea

    Dragon Scales Vietnam Green Tea

    This tea is exceptional and exclusive. Made solely of buds from century-old tea trees in northern Vietnam, which are harvested by hand at an altitude of 2500m. The buds are spread on the ground to dry naturally in the sun, and slightly roasted and processed by tea master, Mr Menh. The infusion has fruity notes of lychee, apple, rose, blackcurrant leaf, the liquor is silky and sweet with an exquisite floral fragrance. The fat buds really do resemble a dragon’s scales! Learn More

    Earn 15 loyalty points.

  3. Fujian Black Rock Xi Xuan Black Tea

    Fujian Black Rock Xi Xuan Black Tea

    This black tea is a relative newcomer to the roster and is produced on an ‘oolong’ cultivar, meaning that it is a tea of great complexity, is strongly aromatic and very light in body. Whilst it does not produce dark liquor it is delicious taken with milk as well as black. The creaminess of milk combines with the naturally occurring flavour of honey and caramel that this tea possesses. Learn More

    Earn 11 loyalty points.

  4. Jenny's Blend Early Morning Black Tea

    Jenny's Blend Early Morning Black Tea

    Jenny’s favourite teas, which she brewed ceremonially every morning and drank from her favourite cup, long before anyone else was awake, were Keemun Hao Ya B and a big leaf, malty Assam from Mangalam. We’ve blended the two together to combine the pleasure she took from drinking them. Both teas have a rich body but are smooth; the notes of malt, molasses, orchid, chocolate and rose complement each other perfectly. Learn More

    Earn 10 loyalty points.

  5. Magic Dragon Pearls Black Tea

    Magic Dragon Pearls Black Tea

    The leaves used to make Magic Dragon Pearls are from the highest-grade spring teas. The leaves are hand picked and hand rolled and made from the Huacha varietal. The liquor is smooth, rich and naturally sweet with subtle chocolate and raisin notes.. Learn More

    Earn 17 loyalty points.

  6. Nepal Pure Moon Black Tea

    Nepal Pure Moon Black Tea

    Jun Chiyabari is a family run tea garden established in April 2000. The tea is aromatic and depending on the variety or cultivar and processing, flowery, fruity, grassy or nutty. This batch also has the special ‘muscatel’ character found in some Darjeeling and Oriental Beauty teas. Learn More

    Earn 20 loyalty points.

  7. Not Your Everday Lincoln Black Tea

    Not Your Everday Lincoln Black Tea

    The blend of Indian and African teas produces a bright, robust cup of tea perfect for all day, every day drinking. It won’t surprise those who like a traditional cup of tea, well apart from the quality! A tea from the Shire that does things better! No offense to the others! Proud Yellowbelly alert! Learn More

    Earn 5 loyalty points.

  8. Redbush Goji Moringa Rooibos Tea

    Redbush Goji Moringa Rooibos Tea

    This blend has a certain something with the addition of superfood Goji berries and the bright green of the nutritious moringa leaves. The fruity, tangy notes of goji berries and the fine, spicy nuances of moringa harmonises perfectly with Rooibos tea. Learn More

    Earn 7 loyalty points.

  9. 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

    Earn 5 loyalty points.

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