Recently it seems High Tea has been all the rage, and while, on all occasions the tables have been perfectly and beautifully adorned with fine cutlery and crockery, and loud beautiful splashes of Pink and purple hues of roses and seasonal flowers, freshly placed upon crisp white table linen, the fare differs from venue to venue as does the beverage accompanying it.
I was pleasantly surprised while at the InterContinental Johannesburg, Sandton towers when we were offered the option of enjoying various infusions of tea, to pair with their delicious assortment of patisseries, tartlets, tart au pomes and gelatos which were intricately crafted by their pastry chefs for the occasion of their 70th Birthday.
I thoroughly enjoyed the green tea, with its subtle fragrance, while my partner enjoyed the more spicy black magic, made from the black tea leaves, a more fermented tea, in comparison to the steamed green leaves.
The roots of tea trace back to the Shang Dynasty in China, third century AD. Gradually making its way to the West, and popularised in Britain during the 17th Century, when they introduced tea production and consumption to India.
Some Facts about Tea:
India is the world’s largest tea-drinking nation (but only 750g per person)
Turkey with 2.5kg of tea consumed per person per year, is the world’s greatest per capita consumer.
World tea production is over 4.52 million tonnes.
The largest producers of tea are China, India, Kenya and Sri Lanka.
For more info visit www.intercontinental.com/Johannesburg