High Tea: The humble cup of tea reaches new heights

Words by
Flora Drummond-Smith

20th April 2017

With sommeliers turning their expertise to blends and leaves and hotels creating tea experiences the humble brew has gone upscale

Fera at Claridge’s
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Celebrating the unique character of each type of tea — which, like wine, is determined by terroir and climate — Fera at Claridge’s has added rare “Ambient Brew” teas to its drinks menu. After a short infusion, the tea is distilled in mineral water before being served in a wine glass. Ask the sommelier’s advice and pair your brew to complement dishes on the menu.

feraatclaridges.co.uk

Le Bristol
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Blending tea is an art akin to blending perfume. Across the Channel at Le Bristol, learn how to appreciate tea as you would a fragrance at its “Perfumes of Tea” offering by analysing the top notes, body notes and base notes of each blend.

lebristolparis.com

Lotusier
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You can protect your precious blends of leaves against heat, humidity, odour, light and air as you might your precious cigars. Lotusier’s tea humidor — the world’s first — ensures a perfect cup every time. Prices from £7,000.

lotusier.com