I have to admit that before I started conjuring up Tea Party fun and frolics, I was a PG Tips drinker... Ahem. And I am not afraid to admit it. We all have to start somewhere.
Yes, I openly admit, that I had no experiences of the strong, smoky smell of a Lapsang Souchong, or the excitement and new taste sensation of my guests' favourite Rooibos Tea with Rhubarb and Custard ...Yes, you heard it right - Drink this to become a child again!
Why on earth did I start creating a pop-up tea party if I have no experience of tea tasting prior to doing so, I hear you ask?
To put it simply.
I like to think that I am a cake connoisseur, I know exactly what cake I like, and what my guests will enjoy. I am, if you had not realised by now, a cake fiend.
I started with Cupcakes, even starting up a "Cupcake Club" in Cambridge in 2010, where my friends came along to meet me in a coffee shop, and we drank coffee and swapped home-baked cakes. It was bad for the hips, but great fun nonetheless.
My passion spun from there, and now I am enjoying providing my Tea Party Guests with a unique Afternoon Tea experience each and every time.
I don't claim to know about every tea under the sun by smell, touch and flavour, But I can be completely honest and tell you that I am enjoying experiencing new and wonderful teas every week, and introducing these to my guests at each Tea Party.
I would also say that there is absolutely no problem with you drinking a normal brand of *Builders Tea* in my eyes.
Please don't ever think that this would be sniffed at by me (I am as guilty as anybody for accepting this weak version at office elevenses)!, I promise not to scoff at you when you tell me this at The Secluded Tea Party - I still do it too in time of need!
If you like this typically British cuppa, then I can provide a simple Breakfast Tea, an aromatic Earl Grey or an Assam to satisfy your needs.
If you are looking for something new to try, then I can highly rate the Rose Infused Assam that can appear at the table from time to time - It compliments a piece of my home-made cake perfectly, no matter what time of day it is.
Or, perhaps a luxurious White Tea with a hint of Melon. It is full of antioxidants and is known for it's anti-ageing benefits.... So perhaps try this before I sip it all up myself ; )
I serve in individual Tea pots, so you are welcome to share your choice around, or keep it purely for yourself. And you are encouraged to try more than one, should you be undecided.
This is a great chance for you to come along and not only eat lot's of freshly baked treats, but to sample different Teas from my ever-changing Tea Menu that perhaps you would never have thought of trying before.
I change my Tea Menu for every event, and try to have at least 10 different Teas to sample and choose, with a new addition or two at most events.
These do include caffeine free options too.
I have also been learning that there are certain health benefits to tea, such as the fact that it is a great natural source of fluoride. So If you forget to brush your teeth in the morning, sip a cup of Char and help cut down on that plaque build up?!
It's also a great Pick Me Up. How often do you see Dot Cotton pouring the EastEnders crew a cuppa in a time of stress?!.... I rest my case.
Do you know what your favourite Tea is yet?... If so, please do leave a comment and share it with me and my guests : )
And if not, then why not come along to The Secluded Tea Party and find your new favourite Tea?.....
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