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Spice Imperial

An intensely aromatic blend inspired by masala chai. Read More

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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 it 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

    Blended

  • 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

Ingredients

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.

A note from Whittard

“I love staging themed afternoon teas, and at the moment I’m trying out some of our more bizarre blends, like Bohemian Raspberry and Blueberry Rooibos!”

- Cianne, Southampton Marlands Store Manager

Blended

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…

#16

Spice Imperial

Founded by a royal decree from Queen Elizabeth I in 1600, The East India Company was the largest importer of tea and spice during the British Imperial period. We've numbered this tea 16 to mark over four centuries of British tea drinking.

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