This past Monday [8/22] I made my way over to Grosse Pointe Woods, MI for a 2:30 p.m. tea tasting at The Rendezvous With Tea. It's the first one I've attended since last December. Naszreen, the owner, now hosts them by invitation only.
The tastings are always held at the back of her shop, and she was ready and waiting for the attendees to arrive.
We tasted 8 teas - 2 herbal, 1 white, 2 green, and 3 black. The teas were specifically blended for Naszreen when she visited Sri Lanka earlier this summer. She said tea plantations were severely impaired by the high rainfall and flooding this year. Even teas that had been plucked and processed were destroyed as they sat in flooded warehouses.
We began with Sunrise in Bali - an herbal infusion of Mango, Pineapple, Papaya, Persimmon, Turmeric, Hibiscus, and Vanilla.
Second Pearl of the Indian Ocean - a white tea with Coconut, Almond, and Jasmine. Very good!
Third, Pyramids at Giza - a green tea with Peppermint, Rose Petals, and Golden Chrysanthemum.
Fourth, Elephant Walk - a green tea with Murraya Koenigii [curry leaf], Lime, Bamboo leaves, and Moringa.
Fifth, Out of Africa - Rooibos with Ceylon cinnamon, Cardamom, Pineapple and Ginger.
Sixth, Blue Saffhire - a black tea with Cornflowers, Blueberries, and Violet Essence.
Seventh, Temasek Splendour - a black tea with Pomegranate, Raspberry and Hibiscus.
Eighth, 10 Downing Street - a black tea mildly flavored with Bergamot. The teas were all good, but this was my favorite, and was the one I chose to drink with my refreshments, as well as a purchase to take home.
Naszreen always serves a homemade savory and delicious sweets at the conclusion of the tea tasting. At this tasting we had Artichoke and Dill Quiche...
A Chocolate Chip tea infused cookie...
Gluten-free Orange and Almond Cake [Delicious!]
A glass of Berry American Herbal Iced Tea
And my tea of choice, 10 Downing Street.
Thanks for another tasting of wonderful teas and yummy refreshments, Naszreen!
For local readers, Naszreen's shop is located at 20792 Mack Avenue. She carries over 350 teas, so there's something to please everyone's taste buds. Some of her Magical Motown black tea, and Michigana green tea were purchased for the participants of the upcoming Michigan Tea Tour. I wish time would have permitted a tea tasting there, but this is the next best thing.