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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. Da Yu Ling 1.7 Mile High Oolong Tea

    Da Yu Ling 1.7 Mile High Oolong Tea

    Considered the best 'Jade' or green oolong made in the world. Its aromatic notes of peach and apple are noticed both in the mouth and nose whilst the high content of healthy amino acids ensure a natural nectar-like sweetness. Our customers have noticed flavours such as floral, macadamia butteriness, honey, caramel and peaches. As with all the best Oolong teas, it can be hours later that these marvellous qualities are still being revealed on the palate. This batch is from the very highest point in the garden from the premium crop, in Spring. Learn More
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  2. Gyokuro Kimi Ga Yo Ruler of the World Green Tea

    Gyokuro Kimi Ga Yo Ruler of the World Green Tea

    Kimi Ga Yo, known as 'Ruler of the World', is arguably Japan's very best Gyokuro tea. The tea bushes from which Gyokuro is made are shaded for a month before picking. This has the effect of increasing the Chlorophyll levels in the tea and gives Gyokuro its distinctive character. It has fine, feathery leaves of an emerald green hue. It has an intense flavour and beautiful, lemon green infusion. The tea is so full of essential tea oils that the infusion is cloudy, as the oils emulsify in the water. Learn More
    From £70.00

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  3. Oriental Beauty Competition Winner Oolong Tea

    Oriental Beauty Competition Winner Oolong Tea

    This is without a doubt the best tea in the world. It has an incomparable flavour and fragrance born of the unique area in which it is grown and made. It is hard to do the tea justice with a description but you can detect apricot, muscat grape, geranium, elder, wildflower honey, sandalwood, rose, caramel, gardenia and lilac to name but a few. We buy several 600g entrants to the annual competition, selecting from the 'First Rank', the highest quality 2%. Those who get to try this beautiful tea will be amongst a very privileged few. Learn More
    From £90.00

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