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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. Wild Cherry Green

    Sencha Wild Cherry Green Tea

    A fine Sencha tea flavoured with wild cherry oil and rose petals. This high-quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in Zheijang, China. The sweet smell of the wild cherry evokes the famous display of spring blossom in Japan. Learn More
    From £6.50

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  2. Sencha Fukujyu

    Sencha Fukujyu Green Tea

    This is our entry level Sencha from the second flush of teas. It is a fine green colour with a fresh, grassy fragrance and sweetish flavour. This fine quality tea is produced in the Japanese style on Japanese equipment but grown in China. There simply isn't any Japanese Sencha available in this price bracket. This is a great tea and offers very high flavour exceeding its price. We are keeping the teas under the Japanese heading to help you buy teas with the Japanese character rather than Chinese. Learn More
    From £7.00

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  3. Green Peony

    Fujian Green Peony Green Tea

    This is a delicate green tea grown in Fujian, which is made from tender, spring tea buds. It has the same natural sweetness as Yin Zhen Silver Needle white tea but with a darker infusion and bolder, more complex aroma. I love the invigorating feeling it generates after drinking it. This special green tea is grown in the high mountains of Zhen He. Learn More
    From £8.00

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  4. Genmai Cha

    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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  5. Huangshan Silver Spring

    Huangshan Silver Spring Green Tea

    This green tea is grown on Yellow Mountain in the Anhui province of China. The leaves have an attractive long green curled shape with silvery tips. Only the most tender tea shoots are picked. This tea is famous for its delicate, sweet taste and fragrant aroma. Its flavour is full and crisp. Learn More

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  6. Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose'

    Kukicha Karigane 'Wild Goose' Green Tea

    This tea is made with the stems and precisely cut leaves of the famous 'Gyokuro' tea, which remain after the production of the first flush tea leaf used to make the prized Gyokuro. The result is a tea both low in caffeine and mild in character. It is mildly nutty and has a slightly creamy, sweet flavour with some notes of fruit and flowers. Learn More

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  7. Jade Fire Yong Xi Hou Qing

    Yong Xi Jade Fire Hou Qing Green Tea

    Huo Qing tea was first produced in Yong Xi village in the Anhui province, home to many famous teas. Its dark, glossy leaves with an edge of yellow rolled into little snail-shaped pellets unfurl slowly as they infuse. It is called Jade Fire as the tea has been fired over charcoal. The distinctively rich and smooth floral flavour presents a pleasant balance of astringency and sweetness with a long and refreshing aftertaste. As it has been fired by charcoal during the process, it has a unique light sweet smokiness in the aroma. The rolling process, similar to Gunpowder has been carried out the same way for centuries. Learn More

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  8. Super Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls

    Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls White Tea

    This is the finest grade of this popular hand-rolled tea. Each kilogram in weight is made up of 14,000 pearls. Just eight will make a half pint of tea and you can use the same leaves again for at least another brew. If you do the maths you'll find it works out at just six pence a cup for one of the finest and rarest teas in the world! The tea buds that make this tea are hand-picked in gardens found among the chains of mountains, hidden in mist close to the Fujian border with Jiangxi. Each leaf is skillfully hand rolled into a tiny pearl size ball. The tea is then wrapped in silk mesh and carefully dried. Learn More

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  9. 'April Snow' Anji Bai Cha King

    Anji Bai Cha King April Snow Green Tea

    Grown in a remote mountain area near the Bamboo forest featured in the film 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', this is currently the most sought after tea in China, where most of it is kept because it is considered to be unique. It is grown from cuttings of one of the only four surviving giant white tea trees. Whilst it is a 'White' tea it is processed as a green tea. This gives it a deeper flavour than Yin Zhen for example. The leaf looks slim and feather like with an almost white colour just prior to picking in the spring. This is expressed as the distinctive pale yellow-green in the dry leaf, not the more usual green seen in most green teas and in lower grades of Anji. It has a wonderful fragrance and pale lemon, crystal clear liquor. We buy the finest grade, which has more amino acids than other green teas and the best flavour we have experienced in any green or white tea. Learn More

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