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The Perfect Tea Time in London?

Posted: Oct. 15th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Brown's

Greg Callaghan from The Australian discusses some of his favorite moments during a visit to London, not the least of which is a quiet moment spent enjoying an amazing cup of tea at one of the city's most quintessentially British locations, Brown's.

"AFTER you drink this," my host promises me, "you'll find that ordinary tea with milk just won't cut it." We're sitting in the oakpanelled "English Tea Room" at Brown's, London's oldest hotel, in front of a roaring fire and a sterling silver cake stand bursting with petit fours, scones and mini sandwiches.

Despite the elegant surroundings and impeccable service, I suspect I'm being oversold a little on the tea front. But after my first few sips of this "first flush" Darjeeling, with its light honey colour, silky texture and mellow taste, it's like I'm drinking tea for the very first time. I decide I can become a tea snob after all.

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