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Whether you’re hosting or simply attending, this list of top teas will help in selecting a delicious tea for afternoon tea.
Choosing the right cup of tea and pairing it with traditional teatime foods will lead to a beautiful and delicious afternoon with friends.
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Hosting your own tea is easier than you might think. With a few simple recipes, delicious tea, and the gathering of special friends, it will be an occasion to remember. This list of top 8 teas to serve is well suited to afternoon tea fare.
Top Afternoon Teas
If you’ve questioned what kind of tea is used in afternoon tea or which tea is best in the afternoon, the following 8 ideas will help you select the best tea for the occasion, along with foods that it pairs well with.
Darjeelings are teas from Darjeeling, India. They are a classic for afternoon tea foods. The Darjeeling First Flush, which comes in spring, has a floral flavor, while summer’s Second Flush is distinctive fruity. Both are delicious with savory tea foods. The Second Flush is especially nice with sweets like French pastries, chocolate, and fruit-based desserts.
Sri Lanka is one of the most famous countries to produce tea. Ceylon teas include white, green, oolong and black varieties. And are always popular for tea. Favorites include: Orange Pekoe, Nuwara Eliya, Uva, and Dimbulla.
Chamomile Tea is an herbal tea with a floral flavor. It pairs especially well with scones and tea sweets.
7. Lapsang Souchong
Lapsang Souchong is a popular black tea with a strong, smoky flavor. Its aroma is a “heady mixture of pine and hardwood smoke, fruit, and spice.” Which makes it ideally pair with strongly flavored foods like sweets, smoked salmon, and quiches.
8. Lavender Tea
Lavender is a flavoring often added to teatime in scones, Lavender Tea Bread, and other baked sweets. It pairs beautifully with Devon cream, petits fours, and shortbread cookies. Popular blends of this herbal tea include Lavender Earl Grey and variations that include chamomile and mint or peppermint.
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