On our recent family reunion several of us went to a real life tea party! In Albuquerque there is a traditional tea room, The St. James Tearoom. It was a magical place with period clothes, furniture, books, tapestries.
We enjoyed 3 different types of teas and an array of foods: savories, breads and sweets.
The first tea was the Queen’s special blend, Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Apparently each sovereign that comes in gets the opportunity to develop their own blend of tea. It was a black tea that I had with milk and sugar. It was not my favorite, it was a little strong for my taste.
The second tea was really quite marvelous: Atlantic City Jubilee, 1923. It was mild gently fruity flavor mixing several black teas with just a touch of cherry. I also added some milk and sugar, but it would have been very tasty black.
The last tea was a green tea, I cannot remember the name, but it was NOT my favorite. I couldn’t even finish it. It was very … I’m not even sure. But I really don’t like green tea, apparently! ;D
It was a wonderful time with family (there were 8 of us who went), basking in an elegant time and wonderful new tastes and senses. My daughter and I are thinking of having our own tea party – just for the very fun time that it is. I’m adding a video from the owner of The St. James Tearoom on how to make a perfect pot of tea.