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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. Blue Jasmine Flowering Green Tea

    Blue Jasmine Flowering Green Tea

    This flowering tea is composed of blue butterfly flowers, which slowly turn the infusion a green-blue as the green tea leaves unfurl to reveal jasmine and butterfly blossoms amidst the green tea bouquet. They were created originally as a tribute to the great mountains where the tea gardens are found and are made with great skill and care by hand. The real dried flowers reveal themselves dramatically and gracefully when infused. They are also known as 'Blooming', 'Artistic' and 'Display' teas. Ours are made using the highest grade of silvery buds. Learn More
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  2. Fuchow Snow Buds

    Fuchow Snow Buds

    A perfect plucking and processing guarantees a stunning looking leaf and sweet, clean infusion. Like White Monkey this is grown on the 'Big White' strain of tea bush in the high mountains of Fujian. It is mellow with a pronounced aroma and flavour of chestnuts. Learn More

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  3. Earl Grey Tea of Life White Tea

    Earl Grey Tea of Life White Tea

    The most traditional blend of light, clean tasting white tea and the best bergamot. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! Learn More
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  4. Citrus Tea of Life White Tea

    Citrus Tea of Life White Tea

    This effervescent blend dances on the palate. Ideal for sunny breakfast times. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! The real lemon and bergamot oils add a zesty, thirst quenching quality to the mild, sweetness of the tea with orange peel, mallow, lemon grass and cornflower adding a visual appeal. Learn More
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  5. Tea of Life White Tea

    Tea of Life White Tea

    This special white tea, grown in the high mountains of Zhen He, is our most popular variety. It comes from the heart of the very small white tea harvest. It first came to our attention twenty two years ago after research published in Germany claimed it to have an energising, revitalising effect peculiar just to this type. Our research in the field since then would seem to back this up! It is mellow and honey sweet in the cup with a lovely pale amber appearance. Many people have noticed a lovely flavour of Violets in it too. I think this is very pronounced when the tea is brewed perfectly and in cooler water. This is picked between March 15 and April 10 but not on rainy days or if there is frost. (For our scented Tea of Life, please look at our Chinese Scented Tea of Life section)

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  6. Wintertime Tea of Life White Tea

    Wintertime Tea of Life White Tea

    Warming, refreshing, reviving and festive. An antidote to over indulgence! Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! Learn More
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  7. Secret Garden Tea of Life White Tea

    Secret Garden Tea of Life White Tea

    Revives tired taste buds and has a beautiful aroma. A blend including rose and grapefruit. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! Learn More
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  8. Orange Blossom Tea of Life White Tea

    Orange Blossom Tea of Life White Tea

    Sweet scented and thirst quenching. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! Learn More
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  9. Vanilla Tea of Life White Tea

    Vanilla Tea of Life White Tea

    Smooth, comforting and a real favourite for its luxurious and sophisticated flavour. Tea of Life's wild appearance and many colours are due to the simple, sun drying process it undergoes. It makes it a really difficult tea to flavour and pack! Learn More
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