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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. Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea Powder

    Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea Powder

    Matcha is a superpower amongst teas. This special green tea is derived from Gyokuro tea, whose name translates as ‘Precious Dew’ and is shaded with reed screens for twenty days prior to harvesting to block out the sun. This serves to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid content. It is this amino acid, called theanine, and a special processing technique that give Gyokuro its unique sweet flavour and intense aroma. The greater quantities of these ingredients also increase its health-giving properties over other green teas. Gyokuro teas are then used to make the ceremonial tea Matcha, which is painstakingly ground in a special mill to a fine powder for whisking. Packets sold at a 40g weight. Learn More
    £12.00each

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  2. Advent Sharing Tea in Gift Box

    Advent Sharing Tea in Gift Box

    This popular blend is sold year round but is especially relevant as we approach December. The fine black tea we use is flavoured with warm spices, including cinnamon, clove, ginger and orange oil. It can be drunk with or without milk. Learn More
    £9.60each

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  3. Ceylon Precious Jewel Black Tea

    Ceylon Precious Jewel Black Tea

    A real speciality, this rare tea has a smooth, malty character and richness reminiscent of the finest Assam with a very elegant leaf, edged with silver and gold. The sweet honey-like aroma, with tones of apricot and exotic flowers, lifts Precious Jewel above the ordinary realm of Ceylon teas. The honey character transfers into the cup, enhancing the full and well-balanced creamy flavour, which also carries nuances of chocolate, vanilla and blackcurrant. Learn More
    From £9.00

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  4. Darjeeling Mango Tree Garden Second Flush Black Tea

    Darjeeling Mango Tree Garden Second Flush Black Tea

    Elderflower, roses, cherry, tangerine, mandarin, tonka bean, freesia, Medjool dates...just a few of the flavours and fragrances picked out by our discerning customers in this tantalising tea. It has a sweet 'muscatel' fragrance and I think it is one of the few teas that is intriguingly different every time that you brew it. Its strength is balanced by its light, flowery taste. Learn More
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  5. Darjeeling Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Darjeeling Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Decaffeinated using the safe method of CO2, which also leaves more of the flavour quality in the leaf. It is mild, with notes of flowers and honey, a copper coloured cup and pleasant fragrance. Learn More
    From £9.00

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  6. Darjeeling Nine Hills First Flush Tea

    Darjeeling Nine Hills First Flush Tea

    The special thing about this tea and unusually for a First Flush is the hint of 'Muscatel' sweetness in the aftertaste. There are also notes of pomelo, apricot, green almond and orchid. This is one of the best First Flush teas of the season, particularly in the Chinese leaf category. It is a beautifully prepared leaf with lots of silvery, silky buds in the mix. The infusion is a lovely, bright yellow with a fresh aroma. Previously listed as Singbulli Silk Learn More
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  7. Earl Grey Naturally Decaffeinated Tea

    Earl Grey Naturally Decaffeinated Tea

    The blend of high quality, naturally decaffeinated Chinese Keemun tea and the best natural bergamot oil makes this hard to distinguish from the real thing. In fact, it tastes a lot better than the standard of Earl Grey you'll find in the supermarket. Learn More
    From £9.00

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  8. Genmai Cha Popped Rice Green Tea

    Genmai Cha Popped Rice Green Tea

    This speciality is made from Bancha tea, to which approximately 50 percent roasted or popped rice grains have been added. The incomparable taste is characterized by the mildness of the Bancha tea and is ideally complemented by the pleasant, slightly sweet and nutty, caramel note. Learn More
    From £9.00

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  9. Keemun Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Keemun Naturally Decaffeinated Black Tea

    Decaffeinated using the safe method of CO2, which also leaves more of the flavour quality in the leaf. Very acceptable on its own but my tip is to add just a few leaves of a very high-quality tea to the mix, this improves the flavour significantly whilst adding little to the caffeine levels. Made with a good quality Keemun large leaf it has a mild, sweetish flavour with hints of malt and fruit. It has the famed Keemun orchid aroma. Learn More
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