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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

    Aromatic, Citrus

  • 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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* * * * - 500g Please by Philip Tomkins on 16th June 2018

This is one of my two staple tea's (the other being Sencha), I drink both in such quantity that I prefer to buy in 1kg lots (two 500g). Why don't you sell in quantities larger than 100g anymore? I've been putting off buying any of this tea for well over a year in hopes that the 500g packets would make a reappearance, but no luck.. I guess I'll just have to buy the occasional 100g packet now and limit the quantities I consume as much as possible.. :(

* * * * - Reminds me of home! by Gathoni on 24th May 2018

The vanilla twist to the classic masala tea I grew up drinking was wonderful. I had mine with a splash of almond milk and some honey. Delish! Smells lovely too:)

* * * * * Wonderful!!! by Francesca Ferraresso on 25th February 2018

I do love this tea! You can enjoy it during every moment of the day, with or without sugar!

* * * * - Delicious Winter tea by Anne-Laure Sylvestre on 27th January 2018

Spice Imperial is one of my favourite "Christmassy" teas! The spices are well balanced and it is delicious with or without milk. It also matches well with a bit of honey for a comforting drink in the cold days!

* * * * * Teamazing! by Christina Seaton on 16th January 2018

love this tea! its so comforting and enjoyable. Best enjoyed in the winter with a good biccy and a blanket!

* * * * * Wonderful Winter Tea by Patty Burrows on 10th December 2017

Spice Imperial is our favourite winter blend! We drink it without milk, just a touch of sugar, to bring out the lovely flavours to their fullest. So warming and comforting on a winter afternoon or evening ❤

* * * * * Excelente by Pedro Arribas Arjona on 8th December 2017

I've been drinking this tea for more than 15 years, which I think is great. I discovered it by chance on a trip to London and, since then, it's my favorite among flavored teas. Its aroma is pleasant and full, with a deep but balanced smell; On the palate you can appreciate a good black tea, with body, with an intense note of spices that looks very well balanced with refreshing citrus aroma. A good choice for any time of the day, although I prefer it for the afternoons. First of all, recommended.

* * * * * Refreshing afternoon tea by Stephen Hall on 26th November 2017

A rich and refreshing flavour that seems ideal for an tea time cuppa My wife and I have loved Spice Imperial every since originally buying it as Christmas tea many years ago

* * * * * Best tea ever by susan on 18th August 2017

This is quite the nicest tea that I have ever drunk. Expensive but for a little that simply bliss. Exactly the same as the Christmas tea I think . Too expensive but lovely

* - - - - Rank by Jaime on 31st May 2017

I had such high hopes for this and I was very disappointed. It was disgusting and was like drinking cheap potpourri. A real waste of money.

Reply from Whittard, 7th June 2017

"Hi Jaime,

I’m very sorry to hear that our Spice Imperial Tea didn’t meet your expectations.
You’ll be glad to hear that we offer a Taste Guarantee Policy at Whittard, which means you can return any product for an exchange or full refund if you feel it’s not up to scratch – just remember to enclose the original receipt if you're returning it by post or popping in store. That way you're free to try something new, without the risk of disappointment.

I hope this helps and please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be any further assistance.
Customer service advisor"

* * * * * Love this Tea by James D on 8th May 2017

Amazing tea. I love this variety. Tastes and smells great

* - - - - Bring back Spiced Chai! by Peter Olmsted on 14th April 2017

Please bring back Spiced Chai....I personally find it much better to my taste than Spice Imperial, and I am utterly dismayed that you no longer make a leaf version of it (Spiced Chai). I have been drinking Spiced Chai since roughly 1998 or so, and am utterly addicted to it (my last boxes, which I have been hoarding after a worldwide search, are running out!).

* * - - - Spice Imperial by RW on 24th March 2017

I've had Spice Imperial since I was in utero. My mum's pregnancy put her off every tea except this one, and the whole family has drunk it faithfully ever since. (25 years of Spice Imp!) But we cut back more and more on our orders as the price creeps upwards, and I feel we might just have to transfer completely at this rate. It feels insensible to spend so much on tea, especially when I'd happily receive it in a plastic zip bag if packaging's where the money goes. Tea prices have ascended all over, understandably, but I think there's a point to draw the line for something that gets consumed so quickly. And I apologise for the low rating, but this is how I feel about buying Spice Imperial at the moment. It's a fantastic product and I thank Whittards for it - I'm just gutted that I'm going to be seeing less of it.

* - - - - Wonderful Tea at a Crazy Price by Timothy Blinko on 18th March 2017

All of my immediate family have loved this tea and have bought and drunk vast quantities over the years as our staple go to tea. The 125g pouches of loose tea used to cost £3.25 a few years back and now the smaller 100g pouches cost £6.50. Literally a doubling in price for less tea. PLEASE Whittards - what so many of your loyal customers are saying here is bring back the larger packs 500g loose and 50 tea bag packs at a discounted price. We now drink the wonderful Ahmed Earl Grey tea as our staple tea at just £4.50 for 500g. To buy that much Spice Imperial would cost £32.50! If you resumed sale of the large packs at a properly discounted price we would flock back to Whittards and your beautiful, but currently ruinously expensive tea.

* - - - - 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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