Lady B. hosted a tea tasting party for the Victorian Tea Society winter tea, our first tea of 2018! She set the stage with this cute teapot invitation that required lifting the lid to learn the details: Lady B. would provide all the food but the guests were to bring a teapot and share their favorite tea!
As always, Lady B. welcomed her guests with inviting signs leading up to her house. It’s always a new adventure to visit her as there is always something new to see in her garden! On this visit, I spied some joyful signs:
Inside, Lady B. decorated the house and tea table with teapot and teacup themes for her tea tasting party. See if you can spot them all in the following photos!
The tea tasting was a grand affair with 7 different teas and the stories that went along with them!
Lady B: Rooibos (A friend introduced Rooibos to Lady B. and it has since become her favorite tea!)
Lady K: She first tried Scottish caramel pu-erh when trying to reduce her coffee habit and learning of its weight loss benefits.
Lady J.: She first tried Lemon verbena (Aloysia citrodora) tea (herbal) at a tea house that had its own lemon verbena bush. Lady J. was so impressed that she now harvests her own lemon verbena leaves from her garden.
Lady S.: She first encountered Sunny slopes (herbal with apple, kiwi, orange peel, rose petals, and strawberry) at a coffee cart. She had been suffering from a sore throat and the owner recommended Sunny slopes. It’s now her favorite tea!
Lady T.: Chocolate mint rooibos (Lady T. really prefers ginger peach tea but was not able to get her hands on her favorite brand so she brought her 2nd favorite tea)
Lady M: Genmaicha (green tea) is special to Lady M. because it’s the tea that she was served when she was welcomed and married into her Japanese family. The tea, while very delicious, is her favorite because of its sentimental value.
Lady H: Read about Yogi tea (black tea) to see why it’s one of my favorites. On a side note, my everyday go-to breakfast tea is Yorkshire Gold (black tea).
The teas were all delicious but wait until you see the foods! Lady B. made all the food herself! Having hosted a few tea parties myself, I can tell you that this is a Herculean task to attempt on one’s own (Note: I do not recommend this!). The time and attention that Lady B. put into this tea party is no small feat. She did a beautiful job!
Lady B. experimented with making her scones in advance by shaping and freezing them. They looked perfect out of the freezer but they did not rise during baking. According to the King Arthur Flour website (must read!), chilled/frozen scones will yield a higher rise and should be allowed to “thaw” only as long as the oven is preheating. I think the experiment is worth repeating and I appreciate Lady B. blazing the way with new baking techniques!
Although, as Lady B. pointed out, they did end up looking a bit like teapots AND they were delicious! 🙂 Everyone devoured them enthusiastically. The homemade lemon curd was also excellent! After the scones course, Lady B. announced we were going to have dessert outside in the garden and gazebo!
The ladies outdid themselves with the hostess gifts, as Lady B. was very touched by them all.
And last but not least, Lady B. had a surprise gift for each of us: customized cross stitched tea towels! Each one was unique. This one is mine and the design is very me, don’t you think? 🙂
Thank you Lady B. for your time and care in creating the beautiful tea towels and for hosting a memorable and delectable tea tasting party! I look forward to sipping tea with you again soon.
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