I met my best girlfriends for lunch at one of our favorite contemporary tea restaurants, Tranquil Tea Lounge. I wrote about them here last year after reading an article about this brother and sister team who truly KNOW their teas and know how to serve them right. “This hidden gem, set in the urban downtown area of Fullerton, California, is a modern alternative to traditional tea rooms. They are serious about tea. They celebrate tea and are meticulous in how they treat your tea leaves. And they are NOT stuffy at all.” Whether partaking in hot or iced tea, it is steeped perfectly. And the food is fresh, flavorful, and a good value.
It’s rare for me to try a flavored tea. I enjoy my tea leaves in the unadulterated form. Just the pure leaf. A pure oolong, such as Monkey Picked, or black tea like an Organic Assam from the Rani Estate. But today, I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to try something new. I’ve been thinking that I ignore white teas and saw they offered some interesting combinations on their menu. I ordered their Pai Mu Tan (white tea) called Butterscotch Bombshell, served hot. My friends opted for iced teas – a blood orange truffle rooibus and their Monkey Picked Oolong. All three teas were stunning, flavorful, fresh, refreshing and brewed to extract maximum flavor.
While I truly enjoyed my Butterscotch Bombshell white tea, after awhile, I craved the clean, simple taste of a pure tea…I just loved the Oolong…and the rooibus was so beautiful in color and crisp and clean in taste that I might try that next time on a hot day. Their tea pots, cups and decanters are sleek, functional, and exciting to drink from and they never leave you stuck with wondering what to do with the steeped leaves. They handle them. If you are anywhere near this urban, contemporary tea shop…stop in. You can even get a glass to go. The customer demographic is broad, while heavily populated with hip twenty-somethings – men and women. Check it out. Enjoy and Drink Tea…It’s good for you.