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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. Ceylon Montecristo

    Ceylon Adam's Peak Orange Pekoe Black Tea

    With malty, citrus undertones and a sweet, floral, jasmine, cypress aroma, this tea typifies the famous character of Dimbula district teas. At the peak point of the year in February and March, the leaves are full of concentrated volatile oils, which allow tea makers to produce a distinctive, regional flavour profile. It has a fruity aftertaste with hints of blackcurrant leaf, which adds to the refreshing quality of its infusion. Previously listed as Ceylon Montecristo Learn More
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  2. Superior Breakfast Tea

    Superior English Breakfast Black Tea

    Chosen by the 'Independent' newspaper as the perfect breakfast tea, it is a hearty but smooth blend of garden Assam tea with lots of golden tips. Blended solely with quality in mind this traditional 'English' tea uses three different leaf styles to deliver a rounded cup with 'Superior' flavour, aroma and appearance. It is the only breakfast tea we offer, believing that no one would want to drink what could only be considered an 'inferior' breakfast tea! This is best appreciated with the addition of full cream milk using one rounded spoon per cup. Learn More
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  3. Earl Grey Breakfast Tea

    Earl Grey Breakfast Tea

    Our sumptuous Superior Breakfast tea with a dash of bergamot oil. This is the one if you desire a very strong cup with the refreshing aftertaste of bergamot. The rich, malty flavour with hints of raisin, molasses and cocoa and the fresh, fragrant bergamot delivers a sweet, wake up kiss before the weight of the tea lands a punch that will galvanise you for the rest of the day! Learn More
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  4. Keemun Lion Mountain

    Keemun Lion Mountain

    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. 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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  6. Assam Rasbhari Jaam Black Tea

    Assam Rasbhari Jaam Black Tea

    This very distinctive tea grown in the renowned Itakhooli garden is made from a clonal bush known as K1. It is unique for its natural hint of fresh raspberry flavour and aroma. When taken builder's style with creamy milk and two sugars, it is almost like having a scone, cream and jam! One of my favourite teas of the year for breakfast toast and jam or afternoon tea accompaniment. It has a beautiful tippy appearance which helps to deliver a rich, sappy infusion that is very smooth. Previously listed as Itakhooli. Learn More
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  7. Earl Grey China Moon Tea

    Earl Grey China Moon Tea

    Simply the best Earl Grey. This is Imperial Teas of Lincoln best selling, secret blend for a good reason. Made freshly in the shop without compromising our choice of ingredients to create a fragrant, rich, strong and unique infusion. Enjoyable with or without milk. Learn More
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  8. Earl Grey Lavender Tea

    Earl Grey Lavender Tea

    Lavender flowers blended with our classic Earl Grey China Moon, which is loaded with top grade oil of bergamot. This is very fragrant, relaxing and full of lavender flowers. Learn More
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  9. Earl Grey Cream

    Earl Grey Cream Tea

    A hearty, full-bodied China tea with a hint of silky buttercream that complements the bergamot oil beautifully. It's almost like a pudding in a cup. Perfect with a splash of milk and sugar. Learn More
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