Last weekend I took my dear friend, Stephanie of Thoughts From Cali, on a Beverly Hills adventure to the American Tea Room. I'm personally not a big tea person. I will drink English Breakfast Black tea but don't like any other flavors like Earl Grey, lavender, etc. Despite my lack of tea expertise, I was really excited to treat Stephanie, as she's a big tea drinker.
We visited American Tea Room for their White Party TEA*VENT. Super cute name, right? During our visit we were able to, in the words of the site, "Taste the rarest of the unprocessed teas." We sampled five white teas and five suggested food pairings. Not only was the food amazingly deliscious, so was the tea! I was surprised that I really liked four out of five white teas, being that tea isn't my thing. Go figure I'd like white tea since it's harder to find and more expensive!
Here are the teas we sampled:
Darjeeling Blanc (my fav!)
Jasmine Silver Needles
I was also quite pleased with the shop itself. There was SO much tea to choose from, and so many tea accessories. The shop owners were knowledgeable but not overbearing. Upon arriving, we selected a private table, were introduced to the tea and food, then left to taste on our own at our own pace. Of course, the staff was nearby to answer any questions that we had.
Overall, I highly suggest you visit American Tea Room if you are in the Beverly Hills/LA area. The TEA*VENTS are can get a bit pricey, ranging from $30-50) but it's well worth the experience. Plus you receive a tea tasting cup to take home and a store coupon.