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Spice Imperial

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An intensely aromatic blend inspired by masala chai.

Gather around the fire for strange tales from the spice markets of ancient trade routes - this classic Whittard blend balances a smooth, full-flavoured black tea with aromatic cloves, zesty orange peel, sweet Madagascan vanilla and a scattering of yellow safflower petals. We love this spiced tea on dark winter evenings, and it's also rather good served iced with plenty of fruit on hot summer days.

  • Tea Type

    Flavoured Black Tea

  • Origin


  • Taste Profile

    Citrus, Aromatic

  • Tastes like

    Cloves, citrus and spice

  • Food pairing

    Shortbread - buttery texture is a perfect match for the sweet, spicy tea

  • When to drink

    Chilly evenings and misty mornings

Brew the perfect cup

Add one teaspoon (around 2g) of loose leaf tea per cup and always use freshly drawn and boiled water. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes according to taste. Can be enjoyed with or without milk.

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* - - - - no more 500g option by bombaycat on 5th September 2016

I have been drinking this tea since 1993. It is the tea I drank daily. Because if the large quanteties I drank, I used to purchase 500g loose tea leaves. I simply cannot afford this tea, which has to be shipped to Germany to me and for the first time I will have to look for a different brand AND tea after more than 20 years. So, Whittards, it looks like your effords to make more money is in fact making you loose your most loyal customers. What on earth happened to this once so wonderful company... ? Making tea, that people can hardly afford anymore is a strange place to have headed for.

* * * * * Splendid Afternoon Tea by Letizia Tiley on 17th August 2016

The whole family loves this tea. It reminded my husband of one of his favourite american teas "Constant Comment" made by Bigelow, but with a better flavour! We hope you continue producing this tea as we have been recommending it to all our family's friends.

* - - - - Spiced Imperial by suzie scott on 3rd August 2016

Still really disappointed that these tea bags are twice as expensive as they were, boxes of 25 same price as boxes of 50 Cant justify the 50% price increase so don't purchase anymore.

* * * * * perfect by ken gustavson on 6th June 2016

color,smell, taste-wonderful hot & cold the perfect tea

* * * * * Spice Imperial: best loose leaf tea I own! by Maaike on 28th May 2016

I bought this tea on one of my travels to London and bought a small bag of loose leaf tea to give it a try. Loved it so much that I used it all up before my next trip the city. Bought the larger size caddy this time so I won't run out any time soon. Love the warming blend of spices and zestiness, while it stills has a smooth flavor. Great if you like the idea of a chai, but find them too strong or if you are in the market for a more flavorsome Earl Grey type brew. Love this best made in a large pot using organic, recycled tea bags.

* - - - - Suddenly Too Expensive by Phillippa on 7th February 2016

I agree with what others have written here; I adore this tea and been drinking it in abundance for years and years. Unfortunately recently Whittards changed the packaging to boxes of 25 individually wrapped tea bags, and the price per bag has therefore sky rocketed. It makes it far too expensive to buy in the same quantity, so I'll have to go back to regular English Breakfast from my local supermarket.

* - - - - Spice Imperial tea bags now too expensive ! by Caroline Hampson on 5th February 2016

I have been buying these tea bags for years and they are my absolute favourite. However I was extremely disappointed to find that you can now only buy these in packs of 25 making them extremely expensive so sadly unless the packs of 50 are re-introduced I will no longer buy these and will have to seek an alternative brand.

* * * * * Lovely loose leaf spice imperial by Caroline on 7th January 2016

I love this loose leaf tea. Tastes wonderful and is so warming on a cold day. Smells lovely too. I am just about to buy my fourth bag of it :)

* * - - - spice imperial by merriel woodward on 19th November 2015

my favourite tea. So disappointed that the price per bag has rocketed and no unwrapped bags available. Probably won't buy again.

* - - - - Spice Imperial by Nicola on 5th November 2015

Last time I ordered these (about 3 months ago) they cost £4.75 for 50 bags which makes the current price a 110% increase. The new bags also appear to be slightly smaller than the previous version. They taste good but I feel somewhat exploited. I've written to Whittard asking about the price increase and just waiting to hear back. I'm disappointed because I won't be able to justify paying this price for these tea bags.

* * - - - spice imperial by mr derek wood on 31st October 2015

arrived promptly, however, my last order were in boxes of 50 bags - now reduced to 25, for about the same price!!! not good business would you say?

Reply from Whittard, 6th November 2015

"Thank you "

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Ever since our founder Walter Whittard weighed out tea leaves behind his high mahogany counter, we’ve been experimenting with our own inventive blends. The Chinese were the first to try blending tea leaves with fruits and flowers and it takes time, skill and imagination to master the art. It’s all about creating the perfect balance of flavours: we blind taste at least 20 different variations before settling on the perfect recipe. Just as some musicians have perfect pitch, an expert tea blender needs to have some pretty perceptive tastebuds…

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